Fall 2018 Schedule

Fall Semester classes begin the week of 9/11 and conclude the week of 12/5.  There is a one week fall break the week of 11/20.  Class descriptions and teacher contact information is below.  To enroll, contact the individual teacher by email or phone.

English Classes:

Elementary Writing ages 9-11 (grades 3-5) - Erin Chianese

Creative and essay writing in an informal atmosphere. We will explore words, phrases, sentences, organization, essay, persuasion, characterization, story, description, and poetry.  Each meeting will include a short lecture and an activity to inspire expression. There is writing homework every week which can range from the minimum to the moon, depending on the student. Some writing experience required. Reluctant writers are welcome.  12 weeks.  $220.  Email Erin Chianese or call 818-919-6800 to enroll.

Middle School English (grades 6-8) - Erin Chianese

Poetry Madness, word play, short stories, classic essays, and a Shakespearean play are a few of the things we will explore during fall semester.  During spring semester, we read classic and contemporary novels together. Students will learn how to analyze literature, how to write creatively, and how to write a 5 paragraph essay. Writing skills include richer word choices, better sentences, organizational tools, idea brainstorming, description enrichment, poetry, and creative writing.   No textbook required. The readings are easily accessible from your local library system.  12 weeks.  $265.  Email Erin Chianese or call 818-919-6800 to enroll.  THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL AND HAS A WAITING LIST.

American Literature,
Creative and Essay Writing for High School - Erin Chianese

From the native American cultures to our founding fathers, to Thoreau, the Civil War Era, and Mark Twain, to the Civil Rights movement and along to present day post-modern America, we will read classic tales, poems, short stories, plays, speeches, essays, and novels. This is a one year course. Fall semester will take us to the Civil War and include a Mark Twain reading if time permits.  Through discussion, students will learn literary analysis.  Students will also master the 5 paragraph essay, exploring the entire writing process.  Writings will include all 4 types: argumentative, expository, personal narrative, and descriptive.  Creative writing assignments are included.  Each class consists of a short lecture, discussion of the readings, and an activity such as writing techniques, creative language use, and word play.  No textbook purchase is required.  All readings are available online or through your local library system.  12 weeks.  $275.  Email Erin Chianese or call 818-919-6800 to enroll.

History Classes

Organic History - Elementary - Ines Echegaray

 

Decolonized History - Middle School/High School - Ines Echegaray

History is being made as we speak. It's all around us. It affects us. And if we are able to engage and observe and ask questions about it, and challenge what we do not concur with, we can make an incredible impact on our planet, our country, our region, our state, our city, our neighborhood, our families and ourselves. When we see a 1200 year old play that doesn't subscribe to our world view, when we jaywalk and wonder where those laws came from, when we compare the care and enclosure of cats to the care and enclosure of humans in jails, that's how we begin to ask questions of ourselves and the world around us, and how we develop investigative skills towards History. Critical Consciousness, self awareness, inquiry, respectful discourse and continuing the exploration of who we are in a safe and supportive environment is the goal of this class, as well as the growing understanding of how much power we have to affect the world around us with our own self knowledge. Understanding our own personal History is essential to Critical Consciousness and our ability to affect History being made in the moment. The more we go out in the world and engage in it, the more we will learn, and the more we will understand our role in it and ability to affect it.  12 weeks.  Email Ines Echegaray to enroll.

From Medieval Times to Modern Memes: A History and Appreciation of the Music Around You (High School) -Edward Stafford

In this class, students will embark on a musical adventure, excavating the the roots of music and exploring its myriad branches, discovering the surprising ways music is interconnected and learning how their favorite artists were inspired by (and in some cases stole from) those who came before them.  Students will be asked to think about music critically and examine music through the lenses of popular culture, politics, and the law.  Students will be asked to keep a journal of their listening habits and the final project will be a critical review of an album of their choice.  There will be one class field trip to a record shop.

This class is rated PG-13 because it deals with subjects such as racism, drug use, and censorship.  12 weeks.  $276.  Email Edward Stafford to enroll.

Math Classes

Math Fun and Games (Elementary) - Paula Tsoi-a-Sue

Come play and explore math through games and challenges. Discover that math that is all around us through:

-activities to engage our innate capacity for problem solving

-explorations of physical intuitions we will build on in future math classes

-games to develop familiarity with math conventions

Activities will lay the foundations for solid math understanding as we tackle place value, skip counting, multiplication, division, factoring, fractions and more!  Those with a device such as a Chromebook or tablet are invited to bring it for class activities.  All other materials and manipulatives are included in the class price.  12 weeks.  $260.  Email Paula Tsoi-a-Sue to enroll.

Math Fun-damentals (Middle School) - Paula Tsoi-a-Sue

Join us as we make the transition into more in-depth math topics with challenges and explorations to:

-engage our intuitions and critical thinking skills

-incorporate math conventions and notation important for future math classes

-highlight the math that we see in real life situations

Activities and assignments will help develop familiarity and fluency with multiplication, division, factoring, fractions, ratios, rates, equations and more!  Those with a device such as a Chromebook or tablet are invited to bring it for class activities.  All other materials and manipulatives are included in the class price.  12 weeks.  $260.  Email Paula Tsoi-a-Sue to enroll.

Science Classes

Weird Science (Elementary) -Paula Tsoi-a-Sue

Explore the magnificent world around us through the lens of science. Learn how scientists see and understand strange behaviours as we:

-Make observations and hypotheses about unusual phenomena

-Investigate scientific laws

-Create models of natural systems

-Design solutions to STEM challenges

Activities will lay the foundations for critical thinking and problem solving skills which are essential to scientific reasoning! Those with a device such as a Chromebook or tablet are invited to bring it for class activities. All other materials and manipulatives are included in the class price.  12 weeks.  $325.  Email Paula Tsoi-a-Sue to enroll.

Earth Science Explorations and Foundations (Middle School) -Paula Tsoi-a-Sue

Explore the cycles and systems that make up the world around us. Discover the processes that:

-transform the earth’s surface

-generate the weather patterns we see

-connect us to the rest of the universe

-shape the natural world we live in

We will engage in the scientific process and use our critical thinking skills to make observations and connections about the world around us. Those with a device such as a Chromebook or tablet are asked to bring it for class activities. All other materials and equipment are included in the class price.  12 weeks.  $325.  Email Paula Tsoi-a-Sue to enroll.

Arts and Electives

Chess in Spanish -Ines Echegaray

Board Games Galore (Middle School) - Edward Stafford

Gamerunner will supply board games, instruction, and a positive environment in which to learn and play all kinds of games.  Whether you’re intrigued by the idea of “Gameschooling” and don’t know where to start or you’re an avid gamer looking for new people to play with, this class is perfect.  From tried and true classics to the newest games, students will be able to sample a wide variety of styles.

Gamerunner is an advocate of learning through play.  Board games encourage players to overcome challenges using skills like critical thinking, math, reading, role playing, and sportsmanship.  In a busy world that is increasingly centered around computers, board games are also a great way to unplug and spend time with family and friends.  Come see why there is a board game renaissance happening right now!  12 weeks.  $276.  Email Edward Stafford to enroll.