Spring 2018 Schedule

Spring Semester classes begin the week of 1/22 and conclude 5/24.  There is a two week spring break the weeks of 3/26 and 4/2.  To enroll, click the teacher's name next to your chosen class to be connected directly to the independent teacher.

Tuesdays

Tuesdays 9am-10am - Reading & Rhythm - Joseph Peck

"I think drumming is really helping me. My reading comprehension is really better. Before drumming, I couldn't remember what our first story was about and now with drumming, I can remember. When we didn't have any rhythm, I used to read slowly and now I read faster and smoother than I did before. I am starting to like school some more. I think drumming is going to help me with the rest of my life." -5th grade student

Rhythm is the current that runs through words. The Doubtful Internal Voice™ is the psychological and emotional barrier that impedes students’ ability to learn to read. We use a strong assertive rhythm that creates a pathway for focus and concentration, and thereby removes all doubtful voices.

Reading & Rhythm encompasses all the educational building blocks necessary for students to become excellent readers. The Reading & Rhythm program brings back the joy of teaching for teachers AND the excitement of learning for students! “Now I feel smart” declares an LA-based middle school student. The merging of rhythm into the learning process helps transform negative energy into a positive force in the classroom.

Session 1 meets Tuesdays AND Thursdays for 6 weeks, beginning the week of 2/12 (class starts 2/13). $240, minimum of 5 students.

Session 2 meets Tuesdays AND Thursdays for 6 weeks, beginning the week of 4/9 (class starts 4/11). $240, minimum of 5 students.

Tuesdays 9am-10:30am - High School World Literature (grades 9-12) - Erin Chianese

We will study some of the world's great literature from all regions of the world, ancient to modern times. East Asia, Europe, and Latin America are covered in the spring semester. We will read classic tales, myths, poems, plays, speeches, essays, modern short stories, and classic novels.  Through discussion, students will learn literary analysis.  Students will also master the 5 paragraph essay, going through the entire writing process. Assignments throughout the year will include all 4 types: argumentative, expository, personal narrative, and descriptive.  Each class consists of a short lecture, discussion of the readings, and a writing activity such as organization, brainstorming techniques, writing tools, and creative writing. No textbook purchase is required. All novels are readily accessible from the local library. 15 weeks. $315. Email Erin Chianese or call 818-919-6800

Tuesdays 10:30am-12pm - Middle School English (grades 6-8) - Erin Chianese

Poetry Madness, word play, group and individual writing projects, classic readings, and contemporary literature are a few of the things we will explore in class.  Students will learn how to analyze literature, how to write creatively, and how to write essays.  Writing skills include richer word choices, better sentences, organizational tools, idea brainstorming, description enrichment, poetry, story, and essay writing.  Readings include a plethora of poetry, a radio play, classic short stories, and novels. No textbook required.  All novels are readily accessible from the local library. Weekly reading and writing assignments.  15 weeks. $300. Email Erin Chianese or call 818-919-6800

Tuesdays 12pm-1:30pm - Cooking/Home Economics (Middle/High School) - Rosemary Cullinan

Students will practice cooking skills by preparing fun and delicious foods. Each class will incorporate mini-lessons related to nutrition, health, consumer math, and life skills as related to being an aware consumer.  All cooking is done from scratch week's recipe will be decided by consensus among the students.  15 weeks, starting 1/30/18.  $20/student per week.

Tuesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm - 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.  15 weeks. $250. Email Erin Chianese or call 818-919-6800

Tuesdays 1:30pm-3pm - Cooking Around the World (All ages) - Rosemary Cullinan

We will explore the cuisine and culture of countries around the globe and the regional varieties of food in the United States. Students will learn basic cooking skills as well as kitchen safety, sanitation, and the origin of the foods we prepare and enjoy. All cooking is done from scratch week's recipe will be decided by consensus among the students.  15 weeks, starting 1/30/18.  $20/student per week.

Thursdays

Thursdays 9am-10am - Reading & Rhythm - Joseph Peck

Session 1 meets Tuesdays AND Thursdays for 6 weeks, beginning the week of 2/12 (class starts 2/13). $240, minimum of 5 students.

Session 2 meets Tuesdays AND Thursdays for 6 weeks, beginning the week of 4/9 (class starts 4/11). $240, minimum of 5 students.  

See full class description above.

Thursdays 10:30am-12:30pm - Organic History - 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.  16 weeks.  $380.