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Tuesday

American Government 101: From the Continental Congress to the Iowa Caucus, Everything You Need to Know About United States Politics - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Too often, Government classes turn the noteworthy details into tedious discourse that would put even the president to sleep. American Government 101 cuts out the boring explanations, and instead provides hands-on activities that keeps you engaged as you learn. From the backstory of the Constitution to the institution of the Electoral College, this class is packed with hundreds of entertaining tidbits and concepts to help you learn about how the government of the United States actually works. Whether you want to learn about how policies and laws are created, or just want to become a better-informed voter, American Government 101 has all the answers--even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Monday

Ten Terrific Ted Talks! Don’t say that ten times fast! - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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It is rarely possible to bring world class guest speakers in to school to lecture students about their chosen field of expertise. It is, however, easy to bring their ideas and their passions direct to your students. This is what this class is all about!

In Ten Terrific Ted Talks, we are going to watch, discuss, analyze and debate various topics that are presented in ten amazing Ted Talks*. This class will combine psychology, social sciences, writing, current events and more! It is a discussion-based class so please make sure your child comes to class prepared to talk!

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the language in the TED TALKS might not be the “normal classroom language” that I use during class. There might be some “foul language” and/or “inappropriate language”. Please make sure your child understands that I do not teach or use this language. The TED TALKS are other people’s words.

*TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Monday

An Introduction to World Religions - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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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.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Wednesday

Community History - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Learn about your state, city, and community through visiting the past in this fun and interactive history community course.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Ayla Gilbert Burke

Grade Range: 1st - 4th

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. 

 

Deadline for Registration is March 15, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Wednesday

History of Modern Israel - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world’s attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium.

Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns?
Why does Israel make the decisions it does?
And what lies in its future?

We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel’s people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions. Though Israel’s history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, we will relay the drama of the Jewish people’s story and the creation of the state.

Together, we will explore a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings so we can understand its future. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Monday

Profiles from History (Session 1) Stories of Those Who are Worthy of Remembrance - Fall 2019

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

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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The greatest connection we can have throughout history is the human one. Together, in Profiles in History, the students and I will take a unique perspective on each historical figure by sharing some of the lesser known facts that you may not have heard before. As we learn about each individual, we will focus on the strength of his character. The goal is to connect with the person – not just the history.

During session one, we will learn about inventors, artists, statesmen and explorers that made a significant difference in the world around them and forever changed the future. We will begin in the year 1200 and continue through 1890.

This class will combine history, reading comprehension, reading activities, timelines and creativity! I can’t wait to have your child join me in this fabulous adventure meeting people from all different times and places.

NOTE: You do not have to take Session Two and/or Session Three to participate in Session One. All Profiles from History classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Monday

Profiles from History (Session 2) Heroes of America’s Growth and Freedom - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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The greatest connection we can have throughout history is the human one. Together, in Profiles in History, the students and I will take a unique perspective on each historical figure by sharing some of the lesser known facts that you may not have heard before. As we learn about each individual, we will focus on the strength of his/her character. You will notice that I won’t merely focus on the achievements in battle, but more on their strength of character. The goal is to connect with the person – not just the history.

During session two, we will learn about authors, scientists, statesmen and everyday people that made a significant difference in the world around them and forever changed the future. We will begin around the year 1770 and continue through the 1930s.

This class will combine history, reading comprehension, critical thinking, reading activities, timelines and creativity! I can’t wait to have your child join me in this fabulous adventure meeting people from all different times and places.

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Three to participate in Session Two. All Profiles in History classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Monday

Profiles from History (Session 3) Leaders who Changed Worlds Both Large and Small - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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The greatest connection we can have throughout history is the human one. Together, in Profiles in History, the students and I will take a unique perspective on each historical figure by sharing some of the lesser known facts that you may not have heard before. As we learn about each individual, we will focus on the strength of his/her character. I have included some people who stories you may not have heard, but they certainly deserve or admiration. The goal is to connect with the person – not just the history.

During session three, we will learn about authors, inventors, statesmen, everyday people and war heroes that made a significant difference in the world around them and forever changed the future. We will begin around the year 1750 and continue through the 1950s.

This class will combine history, reading comprehension, critical thinking, reading activities, timelines and creativity! I can’t wait to have your child join me in this fabulous adventure meeting people from all different times and places.

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Two to participate in Session Three. All Profiles in History classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Tuesday

The Ancient World Early Civilizations, The Mesopotamian World, Egypt, Greece and Rome - Full Year

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

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $600.00

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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.

Students have the option of taking one semester or two semesters or enroll in the entire year.

• Fall - Ancient World: Egypt
• Winter – Ancient World: Greece
• Spring – Ancient World: Rome
• Full Year of Ancient World – Early Civilizations, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome

NOTE: If you would like to register for ONE of the ten-week sessions (or two of the ten-week sessions), please contact Eva Goldstein-Meola at admin@opententacademy.com. Each independent 10-week session is $250.00. She would be glad to take care of that for you!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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 2019

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

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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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.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Monday

You Decide! Applying Court Cases to the Bill of Rights - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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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.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Tuesday

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session One) - Fall 2019

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

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Exploring American History with American Girls combines reading, comprehension, literary elements, discussions, history, research, geography, timelines, culture and presentation skills into one fabulous age-appropriate class that will have your children begging for more! The kids who have taken this class LOVE it!! We have FUN learning!

During session one, 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

NOTE: You do not have to take Session Two and/or Session Three to participate in Session One. All Exploring American History with American Girls classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

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) - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 21, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Exploring American History with American Girls combines reading, comprehension, literary elements, discussions, history, research, geography, timelines, culture and presentation skills into one fabulous age-appropriate class that will have your children begging for more! The kids who have taken this class LOVE it!! We have FUN learning!

During session three, students will explore United States History from 1914 to 1970s. We will learn about (and read) the following topics (and books):

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

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Two to participate in Session Three. All Exploring American History with American Girls classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

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) - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Exploring American History with American Girls combines reading, comprehension, literary elements, discussions, history, research, geography, timelines, culture and presentation skills into one fabulous age-appropriate class that will have your children begging for more! The kids who have taken this class LOVE it!! We have FUN learning!

During session two, students will explore United States History from 1853 – 1904. We will learn about (and read) the following topics (and books):

French Influence/New Orleans - Meet Cecile
Swedish Immigration - Meet Kirsten
Civil War/Underground Railroad - Meet Addy
Industrial Revolution - Meet Samantha

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Three to participate in Session Two. All Exploring American History with American Girls classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Monday

Extraordinary People from History - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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In this class we are going to highlight the lives of important people during history. We will explore a brief biography of their life, the society and culture that shaped them and what contributions they made in their field. We will discuss how their lives would be different if they had been born in a different time and culture.

The first part of each class will be a biography of the person’s life via lecture, videos and recordings. The second part of the class will be an open discussion of what our thoughts about the person and what we can learn to implement in our own lives.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Tuesday

Famous Speeches in American History - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 21, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Historic speeches can teach us a tremendous amount about the past history as well as the people who said these words. They can educate us about pivotal moments, triumphs, failures, challenges and accomplishments a nation has experienced during different eras. The history of the United States has been characterized by many speeches which have precipitated changes and impacted the way American interact with their leaders, neighbors and the rest of the world. Americans in every century have lent their ears to impassioned voices that have stirred, challenged, convicted and profoundly affected the conscience of our nation. These speeches have shaped American history with bold ideas, designed to persuade and influence discourse during difficult and prosperous times – creating a better nation for all Americans.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Monday

Geography for High School Students - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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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!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Tuesday

Our American Presidents: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Every president is a human being. Some presidents made good choices. Some presidents made not so good choices. And, finally, other presidents had their hands tied. As citizens of the United States, we truly never know what goes on behind the Oval Office doors. Together, we will take a look at the person history of our 45 presidents.

Each class will consist of a personal history of the man, their education, career, triumphs, failures and impacts.

The goal of this class is for the students to have a better understanding of the diverse leadership that our country has had including their background, achievements and even scandals. As this class touches on political issues, each student is expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful and polite. It is absolutely ok to disagree with another student’s view or even the instructor’s view – however, we have to agree to disagree politely and with respect.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

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

Deadline for Registration is March 15, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Wednesday

The Formation of our Nation: American History Part 1 - Fall 2019

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

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Come walk in the footsteps of our ancestors as we explore important events in US history through experiential, hands on learning. Recreate Columbus’s journey to India, settle America, and simulate our nations revolutions in this interactive survey course. This class will focus on Colonial America and the events that lead to the revolution and Independence from England. Students will study Westward expansion and its effect of the Native Americans, land, and other nations.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Ayla Gilbert Burke

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Wednesday

The Formation of our Nation: American History Part 2 - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Come walk in the footsteps of our ancestors as we explore important events in US history through experiential, hands on learning. Help redevelop America, define our Nations rules, and bring to life American Industrialization. This class will focus on post-civil war America and the events that lead to the formation of American democracy.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Ayla Gilbert Burke

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Wednesday

The Formation of our Nation: American History Part 3 - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Come walk in the footsteps of our ancestors as we explore important events in US history through experiential, hands on learning. Experiences the impact, loss, devastation, and hope of World War I & II. Students will study the Roaring Twenties, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Ayla Gilbert Burke

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Wednesday

The History of Rock ‘n Roll - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Discover the history of rock ‘n roll in more detail that you can imagine. In Rock History, you will learn where rock music started, how it evolved, its highs and lows, its outlaws and visionaries and how it changed social history by combating racism and challenging the establishment with alternate lifestyle and fashions. You will get a chance to explore many of the revolutionary artists who defined rock ‘n roll as well as the unsung heroes in genres from rockabilly to psychedelia, punk, metal and beyond. You will learn about the musical and business trends in rock, major technological innovations, the prime innovators and the historical context that has seen rock alternately flourish and struggle over the past sixty years.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Monday

Who, What, WHERE? States and Capitals - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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How many Rhode Islands fit inside of Alaska?

What is Wisconsin’s state bird?

What are the names of each United States capital?

Learn this and more in our exciting States and Capitals class! Together, we will explore what the United States has to offer.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Ayla Gilbert Burke

Grade Range: 2nd - 4th

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

Wednesday

HerStory: Important Periods in History from a Female Perspective - Fall 2019

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

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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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.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Monday

Human Rights: What They Are and Why We Have Them - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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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 resembles.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Monday

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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In this class, we are going to study about Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s life. We are going to combine reading, comprehension, discussion, history, culture, geography and so much more into this amazing class.

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. She fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.

No one expected her to survive.

Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.

Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person -- one young person -- can inspire change in her community and beyond.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Monday

International Justice: From Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court - Spring 2019

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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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.)

Deadline for Registration is March 15, 2019.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Wednesday

Junior Historian: The Civil Rights Movement - Fall 2019

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

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Did you know that the second you were born, you were granted rights?

That's right - as soon as you arrived in the world, there were rules that stated how you should be treated and what you are allowed to do. Some rights are known as natural rights (such as life and liberty), and these are rights that do not change over time or from place to place. Civil rights, however, do change over time and are different in different places all over the world.

Together, we are going to travel back to a time period that, unfortunately, not all people were treated fairly. We will begin in early American History and travel through time focusing on the 1950s and 1960s when heroes like Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks, Rev. Oliver Brown, The Little Rock Nine as well as countless others decided to stand up for what was right. Finally, we will touch upon current Affirmative Action and equal rights for all.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

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

Wednesday

The Role of Women During the Revolutionary War - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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When discussing past history, we tend to hear what the men did. It is typically always about the men. However, the truth of the matter is that without women the men wouldn’t be able to do what they did.

This class will explore the role of women during the Revolutionary Era. We will take a look at women’s roles, expectations and struggles of the American women of this time period. Our studies will be centered around the textbook, Women of the Republic, by Lind K. Kerber (please note this is written at college level). There will be weekly reading assignments, PowerPoint lectures, pintable notes (available before every class) and guided discussion. Each student will be responsible for reading the chapter to be discussed before each class.

NOTE: The textbook we are using is written at college level.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Tuesday

Think like an Economist Introduction to Economic Theory - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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In Think like an Economist, Jonathan Meola, will provide your students with a solid introduction to economics. It will cover pure economic theory as well as how the markets work. The logic will be clear. The organization will be impeccable. Mr. Meola will have a fair balance between the “plan old” economics and the aspect of economic thought that is considered particularly Austrian.

This class will contain humor, stories as well as a bit of history embedded with it.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Monday

To Hope and Back: The Journey of the SS St. Louis - Combining Literature with History - Fall 2019

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

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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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.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Monday

Twentieth Century Wars and The Rise of The Super Powers - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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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.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Wednesday

United States History – Part One Pre-History – 1860 - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Thousands of years ago, long before Christopher Columbus set sail, wandering tribes of hunters make their way from Asia across the Bering land bridge to North America through the stories of mountain men, railroad builders and gold rush hopefuls; simply put, prehistory (pre-1600) until 1860, are the time periods this United States History (Part One) class will explore. 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’ first five books (as listed below). Not only will we learn about the time period, we will also explore the music, people, events of these time periods.

NOTE: Part two of this course, covering 1860 – present, will be offered during 2020 – 2021.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Tuesday

Volcanoes, Mountains and Rivers- Oh My! World Geography - Winter B -2020

Term: Winter - B - 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 3:55 pm ET

Class Begins: Feb 18, 2020

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $125.00

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This class will focus on the Earth. We will discuss the planet Earth, volcanoes, rocks, soil, atmosphere, oceans and more. We cover a lot of material in 5 weeks. The student will get a broad spectrum of the world and its atmosphere. I will use props, pictures and slides to enrich the learning environment. I am excited to learn more with your student.

NOTE:  This is a  5-week, 55 minute class for our younger students.

NOTE: Registration deadline is February 1, 2020.

Instructor: Christie Joy

Grade Range: 1st - 4th

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

Tuesday

Where in the World? Exploring Great Cities - Winter A -2020

Term: Winter - A - 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 3:55 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2020

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $125.00

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Does your child daydream and have that feeling of wanderlust? Do they help plan your vacations? Are they interested in their heritage? This class explores 5 of the Great Cities of the World. Traveling the world can expand the child’s world view. It fosters understanding and realizations. The world seems vast but we all have similar inherent desires and truths. The more we feel we are different the more we are the same. We will explore New York, London, Paris, Madrid and Beijing. Come aboard! Let’s Go!

NOTE:  This is a  5-week, 55 minute class for our younger students.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Christie Joy

Grade Range: 1st - 4th

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

Tuesday

Women in History - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 21, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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History tends to be made up of important men. This class will be different. The entire 10-week class is made up of important women from various points in history.

During each class, we will explore a brief biography of a different woman. Together, we will explore their life, the society and the culture that shaped them. We will also examine what contributions they made in their field. We will discuss how their lives would be different if they had been born at a different time.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Monday

You Decide! Applying Court Cases to the Bill of Rights - Spring 2019

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.

Deadline for Registration is March 15, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Wednesday

Flat Stanley and The Amazing Mexican Secret - Spring A 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      5:00 pm - 5:55 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $125.00

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Join Flat Stanley as he travels to Mexico to find the secret ingredient for a special recipe. As we enjoy the story, we’ll learn all about Mexico. In this class, students will complete weekly reading assignments, discuss the story in class, and learn all about Mexico.

NOTE: This is a 5-week, 55 minute class for our youngest students.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 1st - 3rd

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

Wednesday

Flat Stanley and The Australian Boomerang Bonanza - Spring B 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      5:00 pm - 5:55 pm ET

Class Begins: May 27, 2020

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $125.00

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Join Flat Stanley when he and his brother win a trip to Australia. They get to travel to the Great Barrier Reef, but they end up in the Outback. As we enjoy the story, we’ll learn all about Australia. In this class, students will complete weekly reading assignments, participate in discussions as well as learn all about Australia.

NOTE: This is a 5-week, 55 minute class for our youngest students.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 1st - 3rd

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

Wednesday

Flat Stanley and The Flying Chinese Wonders - Fall B 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      5:00 pm - 5:55 pm ET

Class Begins: Nov 13, 2019

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $125.00

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Join Flat Stanley as he travels to China to make up for a mistake he caused just before Chinese New Year. As we enjoy the story, we’ll learn all about China and its culture and celebrations. In this class, students will complete weekly reading assignments, discuss the story in class, and learn all about China.

NOTE: This is a 5-week, 55 minute class for our youngest students.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 1st - 3rd

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

Wednesday

Flat Stanley and The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery - Fall A 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      5:00 pm - 5:55 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $125.00

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Join Flat Stanley as he travels to Egypt to solve a mystery in only the way he can. As we enjoy the story, we’ll learn all about Ancient Egypt including the pyramids that Flat Stanley visits. In this class, students will complete weekly reading assignments, participate in discussions as well as learn all about Ancient Egypt and all of its mysteries.

NOTE: This is a 5-week, 55 minute class for our youngest students.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 1st - 3rd

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

Wednesday

Flat Stanley and The Japanese Ninja Surprise - Winter B 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      5:00 pm - 5:55 pm ET

Class Begins: Feb 19, 2020

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $125.00

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Join Flat Stanley as he travels to Japan to meet a movie star ninja. As we enjoy the story, we’ll learn all about Japan. In this class, students will complete weekly reading assignments, discuss the story in class, and learn all about Japan.

NOTE: This is a 5-week, 55 minute class for our youngest students.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 1st - 3rd

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

Wednesday

Flat Stanley is Framed in France - Winter A 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      5:00 pm - 5:55 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 55 minutes,  Weeks: 5

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Price: $125.00

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Join Flat Stanley as he travels to Paris, France and is needed to help solve a mystery involving a missing painting. As we enjoy the story, we’ll learn all about Paris and its famous sites. In this class, students will complete weekly reading assignments, discuss the story in class, and learn all about Paris, France.

NOTE: This is a 5-week, 55 minute class for our youngest students.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 1st - 3rd

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

Tuesday

It’s All Greek to Me! Greek Mythology - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Students will take a deep dive into the complex and often bizarre world of Greek Mythology. We’ll learn about the Greek’s and the basis of their belief system. We’ll meet the main players from Zeus to Aphrodite and then dive deeper into the complex world of this mythology. Students will hear about some of the most famous myths and meet the heroes and villains associated with each. Students will have the opportunity to create their own god or goddess and make up their own myth. We’ll look at Greek Mythology’s place in popular culture and compare it to other cultures’ mythology.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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