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Monday and Thursday

Summer Writing Intensive: Powerful Paragraph

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Monday and Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jun 04, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 4

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Price: $200.00

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In this “technical writing” (nonfiction) class, students will focus on exploring, brainstorming and writing strong, one paragraph pieces. As this process is happening the students will learn how to use various stylistic techniques that match the appropriate structure, as well as which transitional words work best.

The goal is to help students focus on making every word count by choosing colorful, powerful words that create vivid pictures using the fewest number of words possible, as well as understanding the specific differences within each structure, and applying the appropriate transitions and stylistic techniques that lend themselves to each structure.

Class will meet on

June 4 and 7

June 11 and 14

June 18 and 21

June 25 and 28

from 9:00 am - 10:30 am ET.

Homework will be given.  Parents and students should expect about 3 hours of homework between classes.

Specific details are in the attached syllabus that is on the right in the blue hyper link.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Summer Camp: Virtual STEAM Camp - Session Two

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Monday, Wednesday and Friday,      11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Class Begins: Jul 16, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 6

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Price: $400.00

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Summer camp is a great way to experience teamwork, success, self-love, independence, creativity, learn new skills, become more confident, gain resiliency, and more. Virtual Summer Camp is no different AND you don't even have to leave your home--a great bonus! Summer Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem; with its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people. There’s accomplishment every day. Camp teaches kids that they can. The kind of encouragement and nurturing kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try. Camp helps conquer fears. During camp, we will also develop and maintain friendships, which helps us learn to respect people and their views, regardless of what they think about others.

Dates:
July 16, 18, 20
July 23, 25, 27
July 30, Aug 1, 3
August 6, 8, 10
August 13, 15, 17
August 20, 22, 24

Class meets from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET.

Please see the attached syllabus in the blue hyper link for day-by-day camp activities.

Camp minimum to run is six children.
Camp maximum to run is sixteen children.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

A minimum of 6 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Sunday

Summer Workshop: G Suite is Sweet: An Introduction to Google Suite's Basic Applications

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Sunday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jul 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 4

Price: $100.00

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This course will provide an introduction for learners to applications within G Suite, and their functionality:

Gmail: Send and receive mail using your professional address, as in bob@yourcompany.com

Calendar: Share calendars to easily schedule meetings and events

Docs: Collaborate in real-time on online documents, spreadsheets, and presentations

Drive: Store and back up files securely in the cloud

Hangouts: Join video meetings from their laptop or other device

Please note: In order to participate in this course, you will need either an existing G Suite account (these can be either private, corporate, non-profit or educational in nature, please click here for more information), or you will have to register for G Suite Basic prior to class.

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:

My Story: Students can prepare and present their own stories, using Docs and/or Slides
My Message: Students can prepare and share their own messages to the class, using several of the additional features and integrations that will be covered in G Mail.

Class will meet on

Sunday, July 8th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Sunday, July 15th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Sunday, July 22nd from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Sunday, July 29th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Monday and Thursday

Summer Writing Intensive: Essay Writing

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Monday and Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jul 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 4

Syllabus

Price: $200.00

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Throughout your child’s education, your child will be asked to write essay. This CAN be done without tears and tantrums! All you need is a step-by-step method. In this class, we will explore Expository Essays, Persuasive Essays, Compare/Contrast Essays and Narrative Essays. Students will learn about • how to write a spell-binding dramatic opening • how to write a thesis • how to write a final clincher • how to write topic and clincher sentences for body paragraphs • how to write a transitional bridge • how to use stylistic techniques within their research paper • how to avoid banned words • how to write a bibliography/works cited using MLA format • and so much more Class will meet on July 9 and 12 July  19 July 23 and 26 August 2 August 6 and 9 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET. Homework will be given. Parents and students should expect about 3 hours of homework between classes. Specific details are in the attached syllabus that is on the right in the blue hyper link.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Monday and Thursday

Summer Writing Intensive: Research Writing

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Monday and Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jun 04, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 4

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Price: $200.00

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Throughout your child’s education, your child will be asked to write research papers. This CAN be done without tears and tantrums! All you need is a step-by-step method. In this class, we will begin with simple, one paragraph research papers and progress until we write a five-paragraph, multi-source research paper using the IEW method of writing.

Students will learn about

• how to brainstorm potential research topics and subtopics
• how to locate and cite credible research sources
• how to write a spell-binding dramatic opening
• how to write a thesis
• how to write a final clincher
• how to write topic and clincher sentences for body paragraphs
• how to write a transitional bridge
• how to use stylistic techniques within their research paper
• how to avoid banned words
• how to write a bibliography/works cited using MLA format
• and so much more

Class will meet on

June 4 and 7

June 11 and 14

June 18 and 21

June 25 and 28

from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET.

Homework will be given.  Parents and students should expect about 3 - 4 hours of homework between classes.

Specific details are in the attached syllabus that is on the right in the blue hyper link.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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.

Sunday

College Personal Essay Boot Camp - June 2018

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Sunday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jun 03, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 4

Price: $100.00

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Time to get serious! College application essays can be tough; however, with the correct preparation it doesn't have to be! Join us for College Essay Boot Camp!

Common Applications. Supplemental Applications. The Unusual Question. This can be intimidating; however, it doesn't have to be.

Few pieces of writing are more important that the admissions essay; yet, students often sit down and are frustrated by the writing prompts they are faced with.  Some of these prompts include:

What's your biggest failure?
What are you goals and aspirations?
Where's Waldo?
What's the kindest thing you've ever done for someone?
Why are odd numbers so odd?

These very real essay prompts have caused hours of writers' block and nail biting for many college applicants and hours of irritation between parent and student.

Together, during our four meetings, we will analyze, discuss, and decide the best route in how to write a college personal essay. Students will learn how to analyze the questions and brainstorm a list of potential topics. During the month, the students will write four essays that will give them a huge jump start (solid rough drafts) for their actual college essays.

Class One - Writing a Personal Essay
Class Two - The Common Application Essay
Class Three - The Supplemental Essays
Class Four - The Unusual Question Essay

This class is advised for rising 10th, rising 11th and rising 12th graders.

This "boot camp" will meet FOUR TIMES on the following Sundays from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET.

Sunday, June 3

Sunday, June 10

Sunday, June 17

Sunday, June 24

Join Eva Goldstein-Meola, M.Ed, Consulting Teacher of Reading and Writing K - 12 and IEW Specialist to help guide your high schooler through the process. Eva Goldstein-Meola, M.Ed. has over 30 years in Reading/Writing/Classroom/Homeschooling experience will be teaching this class. Eva has spent the last 15 years instructing homeschoolers in IEW Writing. 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.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 10th - 12th

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

Sunday

Summer Workshop: G Suite is Sweet: An Introduction to Google Suite's Basic Applications

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Sunday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jun 03, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 4

Price: $100.00

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This course will provide an introduction for learners to applications within G Suite, and their functionality:

Gmail: Send and receive mail using your professional address, as in bob@yourcompany.com

Calendar: Share calendars to easily schedule meetings and events

Docs: Collaborate in real-time on online documents, spreadsheets, and presentations

Drive: Store and back up files securely in the cloud

Hangouts: Join video meetings from their laptop or other device

Please note: In order to participate in this course, you will need either an existing G Suite account (these can be either private, corporate, non-profit or educational in nature, please click here for more information), or you will have to register for G Suite Basic prior to class.

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:

My Story: Students can prepare and present their own stories, using Docs and/or Slides
My Message: Students can prepare and share their own messages to the class, using several of the additional features and integrations that will be covered in G Mail.

Class will meet on

Sunday, June 3 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

Sunday, June 10 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

Sunday, June 17 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

Sunday, June 24 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 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.

Monday

Summer Workshop: Chocolate Delight!

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      4:00 pm - 5:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jul 02, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 5

Price: $100.00

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Isn’t chocolate the most divine thing you’ve ever tasted?

The Aztecs thought so! It was so revered that not only did they consume it on a daily basis, but it was their currency as well. They believed it was a direct gift from their God of Wisdom, Quetzalcoatl. This class is an investigation of everything chocolate! Students will learn the history, the origin, how it’s processed and learn why it has remained so popular over the centuries. Our first day is a lecture-based class which will follow hands on cooking for the following weeks.

Please note this class will be using gluten, nuts, and dairy products.

Class will meet on Mondays in July!   July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm ET.

Instructor: Lizzette Vallarta

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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