AJ Collective Workshops – Fall (1) 2014

 

 

AJCW FALL(1) 2014: SEPT. 18TH – OCT. 23RD

Registration happens directly with the instructor of the workshop. Please read the description through and find contact information of each of the teachers at the end of the description. All classes are held on Thursdays at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL. General questions can be answered by emailing: mommy@nakitababy.com.

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 Thanks much and see you at AJCW soon!
 

ROOM 1 ROOM 2 ROOM 3 COMMUNITY ROOM LIBRARY AUDITORIUM
 9:30a – 10:30a COMMUNITY BUILD & PLAY… GROUP(0-6 YRS W/PARENT!) KNITTING 101(9 YRS. + ) WRITER’S TABLE FOR ADULTS(ADULTS!) NATIVE AMERICAN ART & ARTIFACTS(10-14 YRS.) PHILOSOPHICAL DILEMMAS & LOGIC GAMES(12 YRS. + ) KID FIT – GAMES, RACES & MORE(6-10 YRS.)
 10:40a – 11:40a ART & ANIMAL STORIES(6-9 YRS.) BECOME A SUGAR DETECTIVE(8-14 YRS.) HOYANOWRIWO II(11 YRS. + ) LET’S GET PHYSICAL!(3-7 YRS.) HISTORY OF SPACE TRAVEL(10 YRS. + ) BATTLE BLASTERS – THE VIKING SAGA(5-10 YRS.)
 11:50a – 12:50p HANDRITTING LETTER & NUMBER ADVENTURES(2-6 YRS.) ALGEBRA(ANY AGE W/ MASTERY OF ARITHMETIC) ANCIENT HISTORY MYSTERIES(9-12 YRS.) WEIRD SCIENCE FOR KIDS(8 YRS. + ) GAME CLUB (ELECTRONIC & BOARD/CARD)(6 YRS. + ) LIGHTSABER 101(5-9 YRS.)
 12:50p – 1:30p  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED   LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED
 1:30p – 2:30p LET’S GO TO BRAZIL!(4-10 YRS.) PIRATES OF THE REVOLUTION(8-12 YRS.) CELLS ALIVE!(11 YRS. + ) GAME DESIGN WORKSHOP(10 YRS. + ) CHAINMAILLE – STUDIO FOR ADVANCED MAILLERS(9 YRS. – ADULT ) ROCK BAND CLASS(5-9 YRS.)
 2:40p – 3:40p  JOURNEY TO MAKE BELIEVE(4-8 YRS.) MAGIC THE GATHERING(9 YRS. + )  READER’S THEATER(5-12 YRS.) TRIPLE – H(10 YRS. + ) CHAINMAILLE – BEGINNING COURSE(9 YRS. – ADULT) CIRCUS YOGA( 10 YRS. + )

 

 

*** PARENT’S SUPPORT MEETINGS! ***
Parent’s Support Meetings will be offered this session from 10:40am -11:40am in the conference room upstairs! This is an adult-only meeting (nursing infants welcome) to discuss important homeschool and parenting topics (See topic agenda within class listings below).

For more info about these meetings contact Juli Walter: juliwalter.billings@gmail.com or Nancy Machaj: nancymachaj@gmail.com.


COMMUNITY BUILD AND PLAY… GROUP
9:30AM – 10:30AM
Are you new to homeschooling and would like to connect? Or perhaps you’re sold on the idea but want to meet folks? Have young’ins and don’t really consider yourself “homeschooling” just yet? Whatever your boat…. Come on by for some networking, play time, community building. We will utilize the room for kiddos to free-play, color & games, as well as allow parents to be able to chit chat. Come on by to meet folks and start building some wonderful relationships to flourish as we go!

Instructor Information: Amy Jarjusey is the co-founder and sole organizer of AJCW and unschooling mom to five. Oldest is well over 12 years old and youngest just born weeks ago. She feels herself in the best of both worlds; on the one hand, with the older kids, she’s feeling more settled in the homeschooling community, and on the other… still nurturing and growing relationships with her young’ins. She will be happy to field newbie questions, help foster community, and truly looks forward to meeting new folks with young’ins for her young’ins!

Class geared toward ages: 0-6 years *with* parent (this is *not* a drop-off activity).
Class cost per student: $25 per family.
Drop in fee: $5.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Amy: mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

KNITTING 101  (*NOTE* Registration is closed for this class as it is full. Please contact instructor with further questions. Thanks!)
9:30AM – 10:30AM
This class is for the beginning knitter. We will learn how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, increase and decrease. THIS WILL BE THE ONLY KNITTING 101 CLASS I plan to offer for this academic year. I am planning on building skills with each new session (moving on to 102 in the second fall session etc.).

Instructor Information: (Denyse Ffrench) I didn’t learn to knit until I was in my thirties. I took a class on a whim and it just happened to be the thing that inspired me, and helped me cope with stress all at the same time. Over the years I keep challenging myself to try new things with knitting. Most recently I knit a lace wedding dress that made me question all the decisions I have ever made thus far in my life. In other words it was challenging. I think people should just try stuff and see if it clicks. Knitting has taught me patience. You have to let go of perfection and allow yourself to make mistakes so that you can learn how to fix things too.

Class geared toward ages: 9+ years.
Class cost per student: $60. Supply fee: $15. The supply fee can be waived if you purchase your own supplies.
Supplies:
Size #8 knitting needles.
Worsted weight wool yarn.

Final project materials: TBA.
No drop-ins or prerequisites for this class.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Denyse: denyse.ffrench@gmail.com. (PayPal accepted.)


WRITER’S TABLE FOR ADULTS
9:30AM – 10:30AM
You think, “Tomorrow I’ll have time. I’ll get up early and exercise. Then I’ll be able to write while the kids are at dance class.” But when they are in dance class your mother calls and then you have to run to the bank. As a result, your memoirs, novel, poetry or graphic novel don’t get written once again. This class will give you the little window of time and support you need to get out of the procrastination rut and develop your writing.

The writer’s table is for any homeschooling parent or person aged 17 or up who would like to write more. Skill level and writing experience do not matter; advanced writers and beginners alike are welcome. The writer’s table is about the process of writing more, gaining writing skill and writing what you need to write. It is not about the product of being published, although if that is your personal goal we will help you get there.

The writer’s table will work together on short writing exercises in workshop, and longer pieces at home which we will share for peer feedback in the workshop. We will explore the different writing genres and discuss writing tools and resources available to us in this great writing town of Chicago.

Together we will destroy the obstacles of many would-be and experienced writers; perfectionism, procrastination, fear of failure and distraction. In its place we will begin healthier creative practices; as well as explore the roster of tips and tricks writers use to get their ideas on the paper.

Instructor Information: Kim Campbell is a freelance writer, blogger, and homeschooling mom who has enjoyed working with the homeschooling community. She has worked with writers in various settings, such as tutoring college students and mentoring young adults through writer’s workshops and creative writing classes. In the past, when she had young children and less time to complete whole paragraphs, she wrote often about parenting, homeschooling and domestic life. Currently, her freelance writing is focused on arts and culture, fitness adventures and fiction.

Class geared toward ages: Adult.
Class cost per student: $50.
Drop-in fee: No drop in fee. One time drop in allowed.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Kim: kim@kimzyn.com or 773-559-6860. (Please provide name and emergency contact information.)


NATIVE AMERICAN ART & ARTIFACTS
9:30AM – 10:30AM
This year’s art classes for 10 – 14 year olds will be concentrated on American art, artists and artifacts. This first session will focus on Native American art & artifacts. We will view Native American art and then create artwork based on our viewings.

Instructor Information: Joyce Elias is an Evanston based artist. She has taught and continues to teach a wide variety of art classes throughout the home school community.

Class geared toward ages: 10 – 14 years.
Class cost per student: $90 (supplies included in the fee).
No drop-ins or prerequisites for this class.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Joyce: krinklebein@aol.com or phone (847)337-6212.


PHILOSOPHICAL DILEMMAS & LOGIC GAMES
9:30AM – 10:30AM
This class will use various scenarios and games to examine basic philosophical concepts, ranging from classical ones like Zeno’s Arrow to more modern variants like the Trolley Problem. We will talk about kinds of knowledge, their differing implications for action, and how all of these play out in the real world, with its bewildering variety of challenges. We will also discuss how art and drama play important roles in establishing our attitudes towards philosophical problems, how one person’s solution is another’s horror show, and the difference between knowing what you want, and knowing how to want. If this sounds heavy, it won’t be. There will also be puns.

Instructor Information: My name is Ben Huizenga. I’m a bookseller for Half Price Books. I’m fond of philosophy, and even fonder of games. Fortunately, there’s a long tradition of using games, dilemmas, hypothetical scenarios and such as investigative tools for philosophical questions. I was particularly zonked about this when I read Gareth Matthews’ books, Philosophy and the Young Child, and Dialogues with Children, very good reads that are quite short.

Class geared toward ages: 12 years and up.
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Ben: adso1327@gmail.com.

 

KID FIT – GAMES, RACES & MORE
9:30AM – 10:30AM
Are you ready to find the fun in fitness? Join us each week for a variety of races, games, and obstacle courses that are geared toward getting you moving and having fun. We will focus on a new skill each week and discover some fun fitness facts.

Instructor Information: Amy DiBasilio is a teacher, health coach, and wellness educator. She spent the last 12+ years teaching and coaching before deciding to leave full time teaching to spend more time with her three children and to pursue her mission of supporting families, schools, and communities in creating a healthier world for our children. She also runs a Crossfit Kids program and loves encouraging kids to find the fun in fitness, handle stress, make good decisions, and eat healthier

Class geared toward ages: 6-10 years.
Class cost per student: $60. (Sibling discount available.)
Supply fee: $5.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites for this class: There are no prerequisites for this class. Just come ready to participate. All ability levels are welcome!
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Amy: amydibo24@gmail.com. *Signed waiver will be required before participating.*


ART & ANIMAL STORIES
10:40AM – 11:40AM
We will begin each class with an animal story and then will move on to create some fantastic art projects based on the day’s story. A wide variety of supplies will be provided.

Instructor Information: Joyce Elias is an Evanston based artist. She has taught and continues to teach a wide variety of art classes within the home school community.

Class geared toward ages: 6 – 9 years.
Class cost per student: $90 (supplies included).
No drop-ins or prerequisites for this class.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Joyce: krinklebein@aol.com or phone (847)337-6212.

 

BECOME A SUGAR DETECTIVE
10:40AM – 11:40AM
Join us for this fun, surprising, and interactive class that will turn you into a sugar detective. Discover the ins and outs of sugar: what it is, how it affects you, where it’s found, how to recognize sugar on food labels, the tricks food companies play to get you to buy their food, and tips for making healthier food choices. Who would have thought learning about healthy eating would be so fun???

Instructor Information: Amy DiBasilio is a teacher, health coach, and wellness educator. She spent the last 12+ years teaching and coaching before deciding to leave full time teaching to spend more time with her three children and to pursue her mission of supporting families, schools, and communities in creating a healthier world for our children. She also runs a Crossfit Kids program and loves encouraging kids to find the fun in fitness, handle stress, make good decisions, and eat healthier.

Class geared toward ages: 8-14 years.
Class cost per student: $60. (Sibling discount available.)
Supply fee:$5.
No drop-ins for this class.
Prerequisites for this class: There are no prerequisites, but kids should come to class ready to have fun, work with others and participate.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Amy: amydibo24@gmail.com.

 

HOYANOWRIWO II (Homeschool Young Adult Novel Writing Workshop)
10:40AM – 11:40AM
In this continuing class, the ambitious writer will explore the various methods of coaxing a novel out of their brains. We will start with our vague ideas, a character, or a theme, and push beyond those first few pages of ideas to create a rich, complex world in a book. We will accomplish this by supporting each other with readings, peer led feedback, examining established author’s thoughts and methods on novel writing, and engaging in group exercises that break down barriers between the writer and the creative mind. The goal of this class is not to produce a finished novel (although that may be your personal goal and if so we support it) but to become comfortable with the process of novel writing. You may work on multiple books, comic books, novellas, or epic novels. The first session was a real adventure with dedicated and imaginative writers! ** This course will continue in subsequent sessions, since it is difficult to write a book in 6 weeks.

Instructor Information: Kim Campbell enjoys opportunities to share her love of writing with the Chicago community of homeschoolers. She has worked as a literacy tutor, taught writer’s workshops and zine writing workshops and was the founder of the tween and teen clubs with NUG.

Class geared toward ages: 11 years old and up. (Age limit not flexible.)
Class cost per student: $70, $130 for siblings.
Drop-ins : No drop in fee. Students are welcome to try one class free of charge but must register for it in advance and indicate their trial class preference.
Prerequisites for this class: Students need not have taken HOYANOWRIWO session one to attend the second session. Students should be familiar with basic writing methods, have use of a computer and printer and be willing to work at home and share their work with classmates.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Kim: kim@kimzyn.com or 773-559-6860. (Please provide student’s name, age and emergency contact information.)

 

LET’S GET PHYSICAL! –  (*NOTE* Registration is closed for this class as it is full. Please contact instructor with further questions. Thanks!)
10:40AM – 11:40AM
Taking Nancy’s lead from her Fun and Games class of several previous sessions, join unschooled pre-teens Dahlia and Kaidin as they enjoy some exciting fun with circle games, music, singing, dancing, bubbles, balloons, stories and much much more! The class will continue to promote coordination and cooperation, with the focus on large muscles movements and gross motor skills. Your kiddos will have a blast in this high-energy fun class!

Instructor Information: Kaidin and Dahlia Jarjusey, unschooled pre-teens, have each been teaching their own classes at AJCW for several sessions now. This time, they are joining forces, encouraging each other’s strengths, and creating a fun and dynamic atmosphere for your kids and themselves.

Class geared toward ages: 3-7 years.
Class cost per student: $50.
Supply fee: $10 additional.
Drop-in fee: $12.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Amy (mom): mommy@nakitababy.com.


HISTORY OF SPACE TRAVEL
10:40AM – 11:40AM
This class will talk about the history and science of space travel, from early rocket experiments, through the Cold War space race, up to the present. We’ll discuss the current state of spaceflight, possible futures, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Instructor Information: My name is Ben Huizenga. I’m a bookseller at Half Price Books. Despite the light pollution that soils Chicago skies, I have a tremendous fondness for the stars. Current efforts to bring them a little closer to Earth are fascinating.

Class geared toward ages: 10 years and up.
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Ben: adso1327@gmail.com.


BATTLE BLASTERS – THE VIKING SAGA
10:40AM – 11:40AM
Nerf battle your way through the legends and lore of the Viking! Each week you’ll find new challenges and learn about the ways if the famous raiders! Learn control, tactics, decision making, playing fair, graceful defeat and the right time for reckless abandon.

Instructor Information: Orion Couling is the foremost stage combat instructor for kids in Chicago. His has taught stage combat around the world and right here in our backyard. As a stunt man he has worked in China and taught in Eygpt. When he is not running theatre for marginalized communities he can be found sailing Tall Ships and singing in his Irish band.

Class geared toward ages: 5-10 years, but older kids and adults welcome!
Class cost per student: $80 for one student; $100 for two/siblings; $125 for three/siblings.
Drop-in fee: $20.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Orion:  treasureisland8@gmail.com and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “youth theatre ” and “AJCW”

  

*** PARENT’S SUPPORT MEETINGS! *** Parent’s Support Meetings will be offered this session from 10:40am -11:40am in the conference room upstairs! This is an adult-only meeting (nursing infants welcome) to discuss important homeschool and parenting topics.

Parent Meeting Topics:

Sept. 18th – New to Homeschooling Sept. 25th – Homeschooling & Working

Oct. 2nd – How to Rescue a Day

Oct. 9th – How Homeschooling Evolves as Kids Get Older

Oct. 16th – Keeping our Partners Involved

Oct. 23rd – Family Traditions

(Topics are Guidelines. Meetings also include time for questions.)


For more info about these meetings contact Juli Walter:
juliwalter.billings@gmail.com or Nancy Machaj: nancymachaj@gmail.com.

 

 

HANDRITTING LETTER & NUMBER ADVENTURES
11:50AM – 12:50PM
COME LEARN WITH ME! This class emphasizes letter formation using the award winning Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and multi-sensory strategies for 2 to 6 year olds. This curriculum uses a child centered developmental approach to equip children with a solid foundation for handwriting success. The class emphasizes color and shape recognition, fine motor skill development, and spatial awareness. Students engage in fun hands-on sensory motor activities to solidify letter formation without using a pencil. Music, movement, and sensory experiences are used to boost memory of the skills learned. Mat Man is used to teach the students body and shape awareness.  Students’ work on coloring and drawing the pre writing strokes required for the confidence to write uppercase letters. Fine motor activities such as proper scissor use are taught to strengthen manipulation of writing utensil while improving pencil/crayon control. More information about “Handwriting Without Tears’ Get Set for School program” can be found at ww.HWTears.com.

Instructor Information: Powers-Reid is a registered licensed occupational therapist that obtained her degree from Boston University. As a therapist, Tiffany has been teaching handwriting for over 15 years. She is Handwriting Without Tears® and Loop and Other Group trained. She has also received Level 1 Certification as handwriting specialist from Handwriting Without Tears®. Tiffany started Write Now Handwriting Services out of her desire to equip parents and their children with tools to write with ease and confidence.

Class geared toward ages: 2 to 6 years old.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $20.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Tiffany: writenow.reid@gmail.com or phone: 773.507.5076.

 

 

ALGEBRA
11:50AM – 12:50PM
Arithmetic — the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers — gives us the most direct experience with numbers. The rules are fixed: plug in the numbers you have been given, apply the algorithm, and if you made no mistakes, you get the answer.

Algebra is more subtle than that. It supposes there is some quantity which you care about (but haven’t yet measured!), and asks what you can still say about that quantity. It is the study of equations involving unknown quantities. It is the first step into the realm of advanced mathematics.

While we may not put it to use on a daily basis, there is no denying that when you are confronted with a numeric problem, there is simply no better tool to have at your disposal than the basic principles of algebra.

Algebra also serves as the foundation for other branches of mathematics, such as statistics, calculus, computer science, and linear algebra. Anyone looking to go into a technical field of any kind simply must have a solid background in algebra.

Instructor Information: Michael Maloney is a former software developer with an interest in pure mathematics. He finds polynomials fascinating and hopes to share his curiosity with his students.

Class geared toward ages: Any age, but requires a mastery of arithmetic.
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $5.
Prerequisites for this class: Mastery of arithmetic.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Michael: maloneymr@gmail.com.

 

ANCIENT HISTORY MYSTERIES
11:50AM – 12:50PM
Come join us as we search for answers to the mysteries in ancient history. Who painted on ancient cave walls? Who killed the iceman? What happened to the first ancient civilizations? Who invented superheroes? We will speculate, debate and judge the evidence:

*the cave art of Lascaux
*Otzi the Iceman
*Indus Civilization
*Caral
*Mesopotamian Civilization

Instructor Information: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dawn Haley is a mother of four and avid history and political science buff and student. She has Bachelor Degrees in both History and Political Science, as well as a Masters Degree in Political Science and her law degree as well. She believes that the purpose of any education is learning to ask the right questions.

Class geared toward ages: 9-12 years.
Class cost per student: $50. ($45/siblings)
Supply fee: $10 to cover printing costs.
Drop-in fee: None; drop-in available for first class of session only.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Dawn: dawnmthaley@gmail.com.

 

WEIRD SCIENCE FOR KIDS
11:50AM – 12:50PM
Have you ever seen an egg bounce, raisins dance or cola geysers? Join this class to learn about the science behind these things and more. Each week the class will engage in one or more simple science experiments and learn about the science behind it. We will think about what could happen before we experiment, create a hypothesis and learn why it worked (or why it didn’t). The objective of the class is to have fun, get a little messy, spark the kids’ imaginations and create solutions to problems large and small.

Instructor Information: (Kim Moseid) Prior to homeschooling 4 children, I was a sales director and marketing manager at a global logistics company. Though not a scientist by profession, I have an expansive curiosity about the world and how things work.

Class geared toward ages: 8 years and up.
Class cost per student: $70 per student, $10 discount for siblings.
Supply fee: $15.
Drop-in fee: $15.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Kim: moseid6@gmail.com or cell 312.576.4643.

 

GAME CLUB (ELECTRONIC & BOARD/CARD)
11:50AM – 12:50PM
This class is for game enthusiasts, who would like time to play their games with friends, and have a place for sharing, discussing, and practicing a variety of games.   As the facilitator, I plan to encourage discussion and interaction between people. There will be space for kids to play electronic games-they should bring their laptops, tablets, or handheld devices. There will also be space for card and board gaming. I will bring card and board games to share from my collection. Please let me know if you have a favorite.

Instructor Information: Random things about me, Nancy Machaj: I like to play board and card games. I just got a bicycle after not having one for 15 years. I was born in Wyoming. I’ve broken my arm 3 times and had 1 broken leg. My first rock concert was the Eurythmics. My favorite colors are turquoise, purple and avocado green. I like pizza in a variety of styles and forms, especially with sausage, and hopefully also with mushrooms, peppers and onions. mmmm.

Class geared toward ages: 6+ years (if you think your younger child could participate, please contact me.
Class cost per student: $60. Siblings additional $30 each.
Drop-in fee: $12: Only if space is available, depending on class size.
Prerequisites for this class: If your child intends to do electronic gaming, they will need to bring their own device and games. If your child would like to play card or board games, they should be familiar with general rules of play (taking turns, following the rules, good sportsmanship). I will be there, facilitating, and can help with rules and scoring, if necessary.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Nancy: nancymachaj@gmail.com.

 

LIGHTSABER 101
11:50AM – 12:50PM
Join certified instructor and artistic director of EDGE Youth Theatre Orion Couling as you learn the ways of the lightsaber, just like they do in the movie! Learn how to do stage combat like a real stunt person! This class takes energy, focus and the desire to move! Perfect for the young person but great for a parent partner.

Instructor Information: Orion Couling is the foremost stage combat instructor for kids in Chicago. His has taught stage combat around the world and right here in our backyard. As a stunt man he has worked in China and taught in Eygpt. When he is not running theatre for marginalized communities he can be found sailing Tall Ships and singing in his Irish band.

Class geared toward ages: 5-9 years, but older kids and adults welcome!
Class cost per student: $80 for one student; $100 for two/siblings; $125 for three/siblings.
Drop-in fee: $20.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Orion:  treasureisland8@gmail.com and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “youth theatre ” and “AJCW”

 

LUNCH BREAK * ALL CLASSROOMS CLOSED* – 12:50PM – 1:30PM
(NO food allowed beyond the garden or lobby area. Absolutely no food or drink in classrooms!)

 

LET’S GO TO BRAZIL!
1:30PM – 2:30PM
With the World Cup this summer and the Olympics just around the corner, Brazil is one of the hottest places on earth to explore. This series will dive into the cultural, musical and spiritual traditions of this giant and colorful country. We will make Brazil come alive through language, arts and crafts, food, storytelling and more!

Instructor Information: Yoli Maya Yeh (MA, Yoga Therapist) is a life-long seeker who dedicated over twenty years of her life to the study of Yoga & Meditation, Healing Arts, language and Religious Studies.  She had a unique upbringing in her family’s Native American tradition, trained as a healer and a visionary.  She carried her studies to India at the age of 18, where she began in Tibetan Studies and eventually into close mentorship with a renowned teacher in the Indian Himalayas. There she honed her teaching and healing talents, refined her yoga and meditation instruction and matured into a guide and scholar of Comparative Religions, Global Studies and Tantra.   After twelve years living in India and Nepal, Yoli returned to Chicago to innovate experiential education programs, continue to lecture at universities and to lead extensive Yoga Therapy practice with adults and children with special needs.  Yoli is one-half of the administration of Peace Within Youth, a yoga & meditation-based peacebuilding program in Chicago Pubic Schools and a leader of cultural and adventure trips in the US, India, Nepal, Jordan, Cambodia and Thailand.  Yoli is currently writing a book about embracing changes that will enable the youth of today to flourish as Global Citizens.  More information at: www.yogawithyoli.com.

Class geared toward ages: 4-10 years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee:$12.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Yoli: kokypus@yahoo.com.

 

 

PIRATES OF THE REVOLUTION – a table top game, an adventure through history!
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Cast off the lines and set sail across history with the Wizkids pirate game! Everyday you’ll hear about heroes and villains on the high sea surrounding the American Revolution! Here the stories, play with the fates and maybe, just maybe, change history!

Instructor Information: Orion Couling is the foremost stage combat instructor for kids in Chicago. His has taught stage combat around the world and right here in our backyard. As a stunt man he has worked in China and taught in Eygpt. When he is not running theatre for marginalized communities he can be found sailing Tall Ships and singing in his Irish band.

Class geared toward ages: 8-12 years.
Class cost per student: $80 for one student; $100 for two/siblings; $125 for three/siblings.
Drop-in fee: $20.
Supply fee: No supply fee. Each participant will receive a basic set to play with. More ships might be added as rewards for god form or brilliant tactics! Participants are welcome to buy more fleets online at amazon or eBay.
Prerequisites for this class: Reading dice is helpful, and experience with board games or D and D is too.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Orion:  treasureisland8@gmail.com and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “youth theatre ” and “AJCW”

 

CELLS ALIVE!
1:30PM – 2:30PM
We’ll explore the basics of all things living. Find out what, how and why cells are the some of the most important things in your life that you can’t even see.

  • What’s a cell and it’s parts
  • What are the different types of cells
  • What’s all that stuff on the inside
  • What’s the difference: plant cells and unicellular animals
  • What happens when cells get together (Tissues)
  • What does a cell do for energy and growth

Instructor Information: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dawn Haley is a mother of four and avid history and political science buff and student. She has an interest in science (especially, chemistry) that borders on obsessive. She has Bachelor Degrees in both History and Political Science, as well as a Masters Degree in Political Science and her law degree as well. She believes that the purpose of any education is learning to ask the right questions.

Class geared toward ages: 11+ years.
Class cost per student: $50. ($45/siblings)
Supply fee:$10 supply fee (for handout copying costs).
Drop-in fee: None; drop-in only available for the first class.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Dawn: dawnmthaley@gmail.com.

 

GAME DESIGN WORKSHOP
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Since the 1980s, the video game industry has grown to become one of the largest arms of the entertainment industry, both for consoles and PC. Tablet games have found their ways onto the phones of virtually every teenager and adult in the US. And since the 1990s, board games have seen a huge resurgence in the US thanks to the introduction of German-style board games.

Games are growing in importance in our society. No longer considered just activities for children, they are being recognized as recreational activities that anyone can enjoy — from 10-year olds playing Magic the Gathering at school, to 30-somethings playing Starcraft after work, to 50-year-olds playing Farmville on the train.

But what makes a good game?
Game design is an emerging cross-disciplinary field which seeks to find answers to this difficult question. Requiring a mix of creative and analytical skills, together with an understanding of psychology, game design investigates what players experience when they are engaged in the act of gameplay.

In this class, we will be studying the design of a few classic games and designing our very own board games!

Some basic supplies — paper, scissors, markers, figurines, pawns, dice, and index cards — will be provided. Please bring anything else you want for your game.

Instructor Information: Michael Maloney is a former software developer with an interest in pure mathematics. He has played around with designing games since his childhood and is fascinated with the ideas of game mechanics and game balance.

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.
Class cost per student: $70 per student. Includes cost of supplies.
Drop-in fee:$15 per student.
Prerequisites for this class: Familiarity with a variety of games will be helpful. Class will assume familiarity with the rules to rock-paper-scissors, tic-tac-toe, and the very basics of chess.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Michael: maloneymr@gmail.com.

 

 

CHAINMAILLE – STUDIO FOR ADVANCED MAILLERS
1:30PM – 2:30PM
This Studio class will be tailored to each student. There are many more  chainmaille weaves to learn and/or a variety of wireworking and beading techniques to build on from the beginner course. Chainmaille armor can be studied and made. Students can pick projects or do projects provided by the instructor.

Instructor Information: Martha Campbell (mother) – The first time I saw chainmaille, I knew it was my creative outlet of choice. It is beautiful and complicated but simply made one ring at a time. I’ve been interested in chainmaille for years and have taken classes from many of the best maillers in the country. I would be delighted to teach you and yours what I know and help you learn to create whatever you wish to weave with small metal rings.

Henry Kopp (son) – Henry loves to chainmaille, and he is quite good at it. He is a great teacher and looks forward to co-teaching with his mother.

Class geared toward ages:  9 years to adult.
Class cost per student: $50.
Supply fee: $10 additional for miscellaneous parts and instructions, plus added cost of materials with project selection, unless you purchase and bring in your own supplies for projects.
Prerequisites: Chainmailling experience. This is NOT a class for beginners.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Martha: – campbellkopp@gmail.com or 773-764-6302.

 

ROCK BAND CLASS(*NOTE* Registration is closed for this class as it is full. Please contact instructor with further questions. Thanks!)
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Let’s rock! Rock band class gives students the chance to try multiple instruments within the rock band class setting: drums, guitar, bass, keyboard, and vocals. Songs are voted on and chosen by students and then learned on different instruments. All skill levels welcome. No instrument purchase or rental required. For more information find us at www. EverybodyRocks.net, call 312-576-1126 or email Director, Nathan Dillon at Nathan@EverybodyRocks.net.

Instructor Information: Jeremy Schmidt has been an Everybody Rocks teacher for almost three years and a Head Teacher for us for the last year. He is well versed in multiple instruments, plays bass and guitar in many groups all over the city and knows how to inspire students to learn and grow musically.

Class geared toward ages: 5-9 years.
Class cost per student: $70 for one student; $100 for a pair.
No drop-ins or prerequisites for this class.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Nathan: 312-576-1126 or nathan@everybodyrocks.net.

 

JOURNEY TO MAKE BELIEVE
2:40PM – 3:40PM
Join Finn and Celia on a journey to the world of make believe through storytelling and interactive adventures. Each week a story will first be read out loud to the group. We will bring the stories to life in a playful, fun and dramatic way by engaging the kids in activities that will include art, puppet shows and drama. Our hope is that the kids will have a lot of fun and enjoy their favorite fairytales.

Instructor Information: Celia is 13 years old and has been homeschooled since she was 10. She enjoys playing with little kids and has a bubbly personality, infectious smile and positive attitude. In her free time she likes to swim, draw, read, sing, play outside, sports and have fun with friends and family. Finn is 14 years old and has been homeschooled since he was 9. His hobbies are guitar, playing outdoors, sports, sports and of course video gaming. Finn has an easy-going personality. He likes to joke around, play and have fun. Finn and Celia both have experience with younger kids. They have 2 younger siblings, babysit for friends and were assistants in a summer art camp for younger children.

Class geared toward ages: 4 to 8 years old.
Class cost per student: $50.
Supply fee:$10 for art supplies.
Drop-in fee: $15.00 if class is not at full capacity.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Celia: ccmarino6@gmail.com or call Kim at 312.576.4643.

 

MAGIC THE GATHERING
2:40PM – 3:40PM
From beginners to experts, all welcome to learn and play the card game Magic: The Gathering. Learn how to build a winning deck and practice strategies with others. If you are new to Magic, please come to class with at least an Intro Deck (actual name) of cards (available at Target for under $15).

Instructor Information: Adric Filerman, 12, has been playing Magic for many years and has competed in lots of tournaments. He is excited to have fun with others who enjoy the game.

Class geared toward ages: 9 years and up.
Class cost per student: $20.
Supply fee: Need to have your own deck of cards.
Drop-in fee: $5.
Prerequisites for this class: Strong interest in the game and a deck of cards.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Adric: supermtgfan@comcast.net or rarejule@comcast.net (mom’s email).

 

 

READER’S THEATER
2:40PM – 3:40PM
Nurture a joy for reading out loud! Carefully tailored scripts prepared by EDGE Theatres professional educators jump to life as you explore the fun of acting without the worry of memorizing your lines. Well take turns with parts and sharing our work and finish with making our own radio drama recording! With sound effects! Perfect for anyone who wants to pick up skills in reading or performing! Great for the first time actor!

Instructor Information: Orion Couling is the foremost stage combat instructor for kids in Chicago. His has taught stage combat around the world and right here in our backyard. As a stunt man he has worked in China and taught in Eygpt. When he is not running theatre for marginalized communities he can be found sailing Tall Ships and singing in his Irish band.

Class geared toward ages: 5-12 years.
Class cost per student: $80 for one student; $100 for two/siblings; $125 for three/siblings.
Drop-in fee: $20.
Supply fee: No fee but each will need a three ring binder.
Prerequisites for this class: Being a reader is helpful but we can partner your young person with one of our nurturing staff to help!
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Orion:  treasureisland8@gmail.com and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “youth theatre ” and “AJCW”

 

TRIPLE-H  –  CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT
2:40PM – 3:40PM
H
omeschoolers Hobbies Heightened (or Triple-H) is continuing on again this session! We had such a blast our last few sessions learning new crafts, hobbies and interests, we hope for more fun this coming session! Triple-H is a class designed to allow homeschooled tweens and teens to take the reins in organizing and leading their own one day workshop for their peers on a favorite topic, hobby, skill or other. Participants must register to partake in the six weeks, but participants may also be inspired to run a workshop of their own! This is the perfect opportunity to try out a teaching gig without the full six week commitment!

Our past few sessions we thoroughly enjoyed learning about duct tape crafting, polymer clay miniatures, sushi making, rainbow looms, felting, rubber stamp making, magic tricks, paracord bracelets, theater games, board games, cake decorating and much more! We look forward to a slew of new topics in the six weeks to come! Supplies fees collected are used to reimburse the students who choose to teach. The total amount will be divided by 6 (workshops/teachers) unless you class does not require you to purchase supplies. In that case, more supply fees will be dispersed to the others who do need reimbursement for supplies. You do not have to teach to participate in the classes! Any and all participants are welcome to partake in the fun workshops! We *are* looking for six eager student teachers though! Please consider running a one day workshop if you choose to register and participate!

Instructor Information: Amy Jarjusey, an unschooling mom of five, is coordinating this venue for kids to be able to gain experience in sharing their interests and passions in front of a group of peers as well as share something important and of high-interest to them. She has seen her two oldest children blossom at AJCW as student-teachers and feels many homeschool kids have amazing things to share with their community.

Class geared toward ages: 10 years and older.
Class cost per student: $20.
Supply fee: $25.
Drop-in fee: $10, *only* if the class is not at full capacity. Check in with instructor prior to drop-in is *required.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Amy: mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

 

CHAINMAILLE – BEGINNING COURSE
2:40PM – 3:40PM
Come learn how to weave metal rings together to make chainmaille. Chainmaille began as a way to make protective gear for King Arthur’s Knights and now is being used to create some of the most interesting jewelry there is. It is gaining in popularity as a hobby because the results are so stunning and the hobby so fun and portable. We will start with the very basics – how to open and close metal rings properly (the key to success) – and then we will be making and creating a variety of jewelry pieces using copper, aluminum, and rubber rings. We will learn at least five different weaves, and students will have a very solid foundation for continuing on his/her own, or moving on to more advanced classes. More advanced students can work on projects of their choice. Supply fee will be based on project selection.

Instructor Information: Martha Campbell (mother) – The first time I saw chainmaille, I knew it was my creative outlet of choice. It is beautiful and complicated but simply made one ring at a time. I’ve been interested in chainmaille for years and have taken classes from many of the best maillers in the country. I would be delighted to teach you and yours what I know and help you learn to create whatever you wish to weave with small metal rings.

Henry Kopp (son) – Henry loves to chainmaille, and he is quite good at it. He is a great teacher and looks forward to co-teaching with his mother.

Class geared toward ages:  9 years to adult.
Class cost per student: $50.
Supply fee: $45 additional. Plus you will need to buy or borrow two pairs of matching flatnose, non-serrated jewelry pliers.
Prerequisites: Good fine motor skills and patience. And please talk to me about pliers!
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Martha: campbellkopp@gmail.com or 773-764-6302.

 

CIRCUS YOGA
2:40PM – 3:40PM
CircusYoga is a whole lot of fun balled up into this one-hour class. We will build our basic circus and yogic skills while learning to Juggle, do Partner Acrobatics, Hula Hoop, Clown and more! CircusYoga uses the poses and philosophy of yoga combined with the expression and skills of circus plus whatever each unique individual brings to the fun. This class will culminate in a performance for the AJCW community. This class is open for those who are new or took CircusYoga in the prior session. Come join the Circus!

Instructor Information: Yoli Maya Yeh (MA, Yoga Therapist) is a life-long seeker who dedicated over twenty years of her life to the study of Yoga & Meditation, Healing Arts, language and Religious Studies.  She had a unique upbringing in her family’s Native American tradition, trained as a healer and a visionary.  She carried her studies to India at the age of 18, where she began in Tibetan Studies and eventually into close mentorship with a renowned teacher in the Indian Himalayas. There she honed her teaching and healing talents, refined her yoga and meditation instruction and matured into a guide and scholar of Comparative Religions, Global Studies and Tantra.   After twelve years living in India and Nepal, Yoli returned to Chicago to innovate experiential education programs, continue to lecture at universities and to lead extensive Yoga Therapy practice with adults and children with special needs.  Yoli is one-half of the administration of Peace Within Youth, a yoga & meditation-based peace building program in Chicago Pubic Schools and a leader of cultural and adventure trips in the US, India, Nepal, Jordan, Cambodia and Thailand.  Yoli is currently writing a book about embracing changes that will enable the youth of today to flourish as Global Citizens.  More information at: www.yogawithyoli.com.

Class geared toward ages: 10-18 years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee:$12.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Questions? Inquire and/or register with Yoli: kokypus@yahoo.com.