AJCW Fall (2) Classes

 

AJCW FALL(1) 2014: OCT. 30TH – DEC.11TH (NO CLASS NOV. 27TH)

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 COMM. ROOM LIBRARY AUDITORIUM
 9:30AM – 10:30AM MAGIC THE GATHERING(9+YRS.) KNITTING 102(9+YRS.) WHOSE TOES ARE THOSE? POETRY AND BOOK ILLUSTRATION(6-10 YRS.) MUNCHKINS LEGACY(9+YRS.) PHILOSOPHY SOCIAL CLUB(12+YRS.) KIT FIT – FUN & FITNESS(6-10YRS.)
 10:40AM – 11:40AM FAIRY TALE THEATER(4-10 YRS.) PHILOSOPHY FOR KIDS(8-12YRS.) AMERICAN ARTISTS – HANDS ON ART HISTORY(10+YRS.) PRE-GYMNASTICS FLOOR FUN-DAMENTALS(2-6 YRS. W/PARENT) DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS OF STATISTICS(10+YRS.) BATTLE BLASTERS – THE VIKING SAGA CONTINUES: CHIEFTANS(6-11 YRS.)
 11:50AM – 12:50PM  STORYTIME & ARTS(2-6 YRS.) SCRIPTWRITING (10+ YRS.) INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL LITERACY(9+YRS.) READER’S THEATER – DR. WHO CHRISTMAS CAROL(7-14 YRS.) HISTORY OF BOOKS(12+YRS.) TEAM SQUARES(10 YRS. – ADULT)
 12:50PM – 1:30PM  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED  LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED
 1:30PM – 2:30PM LET’S GO TO SWEDEN(4-10 YRS.) SECRET OF MAGIC(9+YRS.) ANCIENT HISTORY MYSTERIES(9+YRS.) GAME DESIGN WORKSHOP(12+YRS.) GAMING CLUB – BOARD, CARD & ELECTRONIC(6+YRS.) LIGHTSABER ACADEMY – TWIN SABERS(6-11 YRS.)
 2:40p – 3:40p  DUNGEONS & DRAGONS GLADIATORS(9-12 YRS.) THE MAGIC OF SPANISH(9+ YRS.)  IMPROV THEATRE GAMES(8-12 YRS.) AMAZING ARTS AND CRAFTS(9+YRS.) INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING WITH PYTHON(12+YRS.) CIRCUS YOGA(10-18 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. For more info about these meetings contact Juli Walter: juliwalter.billings@gmail.com or Nancy Machaj: nancymachaj@gmail.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

MAGIC THE GATHERING
9:30AM- 10:30AM
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.
Drop-in fee: $5.
Prerequisites for this class: Strong interest in the game and a deck of cards.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Adric at supermtgfan@comcast.net or rarejule@comcast.net (mom’s email).

 

 

KNITTING 102 – *** CLASSS IS FULL! (Please contact instructor for more info.)
9:30AM- 10:30AM
This class will build upon the basic knitting skills of knitting, purling, Kfb, k2tog. We learn to knit in the round on circular needles and double pointed needles, calculate gauge, and fix mistakes. Students will complete a hat on circular needles. Supplies needed: -circular needles – (size TBA) -double pointed needles – (size TBA) -worsted weight yarn -bring extra yarn for practice on fixing mistakes 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: $20 (supply fee is waived if you purchase your own supplies and I encourage this).
Drop-in fee: No drop ins.
Prerequisites for this class: Students must have taken knitting 101 with me or the equivalent. These are the skills you must already be solid on to take this class: casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, binding off.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Denyse at denyse.ffrench@gmail.com. I accept paypal.  

 

WHOSE TOES ARE THOSE? POETRY & BOOK ILLUSTRATION
9:30AM- 10:30AM
This class is based on Joyce Elias’ children’s book Whose Toes Are Those? (published 1992). The session will begin with a reading of the book. Students will then work on their own poems and illustrations. Students will learn basic book binding. Their work will then become a fantastic book to take home!

Instructor Information: Joyce Elias is an Evanston based artist. She teaches throughout the home school community.

Class geared toward ages: 6-10 years.
Class cost per student: $90.
Drop-in fee: No drop in for this class.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Joyce at krinklebein@aol.com.  

 

MUNCHKINS LEGACY
9:30AM- 10:30AM
(**Please note: This is a 5 week class, *beginning* on November 6th.)
Some call it D and D light, some call it dungeon crawling for dummy’s, at my house its affectionately called family fight night! What could be better than fighting the most ridiculous monsters like the dreaded Potted Plant, the Angry Geek and a Dragon or two? Well throwing other players beneath the bus, that’s what! In this fast play competitive card game you’ll learn about the pleasure of the glorious victory and dealing with the bitter dismay of defeat. Throw in general math skills and socialization and you’ve a recipe for scuttlebutt!

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: 9 years and up.

Class cost per student: $70 for one child, $90 for two, $100 for three.
Drop-in fee: $15.
Prerequisites for this class: It really helps to know the game, also this game is competitive.

(**Please note: This is a 5 week class, *beginning* on November 6th.)

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Orion at treasureisland8@gmail.com and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “youth theatre ” and “AJCW”  

 

PHILOSOPHY SOCIAL CLUB – *** CLASS CANCELLED (Low enrollment. Please contact instructor for more info.)
9:30AM- 10:30AM
Back by popular demand! Using the book Sophie’s World A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarden as a catalyst, the members of the philosophy social club will gather weekly to discuss the great philosophers and their ideas. Students will read 3 chapters a week of the novel at home and during the 6 weeks of class they will have discussed and debated topics ranging from myths all the way up to Descartes chronologically. The class itself will be “flipped”, meaning the reading and research will happen at home and the discussion, presentations and lots of lively group work will happen in class. This class promises to be fun and fascinating, as well as a great introduction to western philosophical thought. It will require a commitment to read and the willingness to be an adventurous thinker and presenter. * Also: purchase and read the book Sophie’s World A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarden, available online.

Instructor Information: Class will be taught by Kim Campbell. She has found plenty of 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 kids.

Class geared toward ages: 12 years old and up.
Class cost per student:  $70 per student, $130 for siblings.
Supply fee: No fee, but must independently purchase the book Sophie’s World A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarden.
Drop-in fee: $10.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Kim Campbell at kim@kimzyn.com.

 

KID FIT – FUN & FITNESS
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 wellness 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 local 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? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Amy at amydibo24@gmail.com.  

 

FAIRY TALE THEATER
10:40AM – 11:40AM (*NOTE* – This is a four week class, ending on 11/20.)
We will use fairy tales to explore basic ideas of theatre—who makes theatre, how theatres work, and how plays are created. We will spend two sessions learning about puppets from around the world. Student will make their own puppet to bring home. Expect dress-up, storytelling, and lots of fun!

Instructor Information: Anna Rebmann is an actress based in Chicago. She is a veteran of twelve years of homeschooling in Pennsylvania. Anna holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Belhaven University and a certificate in Classical Acting from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Anna’s award-winning plays have been performed in the USA and abroad. She is excited to share her passion for theatre with homeschool students in the Chicago area!

Class geared toward ages: 4-10 years.
Class cost per student: $45 for the four week session, including the materials fee.
Drop-in fee: $10.

(*NOTE* – This is a four week class, ending on 11/20.)

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Anna at rebmann_annamarie@yahoo.com.  

 

PHILOSOPHY FOR KIDS
10:40AM – 11:40AM
Philosophy for Kids… Sounds like a big thing for little kids but who better to wonder about the world with than a group of young kids! They have an endless ability to wonder and we all know that they love to ask, “why.” The kids will learn a few fundamentals in a fun engaging environment. We will use activities such as reading, drama, art, and games to get their creative juices going, to make the class fun, and help them understand and express philosophical view and ideas. This class will be their chance to go exploring, talk about their questions and travel the world of ideas. Instructor

Information: Kim Moseid is a mother of 4. She likes to read out loud and uses emotions, facial expression, voice and body language to engage the kids in learning activities.   She believes that kids make lasting connections when they can have fun with while learning. She has taught classes for older and younger age groups at the AJCW, Public Speaking and Weird Science.

Class geared toward ages: 8-11 years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $10 (copies and art supplies).
Drop-in fee: $15 per drop-in.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Kim at moseid6@gmail.com.  

 

 

AMERICAN ARTISTS – HANDS ON ART HISTORY
10:40AM – 11:40AM
Each week’s class will be based on a different American artist. We will read about and view works of the individual artist. Then students will have the opportunity to work on their own project based on the famous artist’s work. Featured artists: Pollock, O’Keefe, Hopper, Calder, Wood and Cassatt.

Instructor Information: Joyce Elias is an Evanston based artist. She teaches throughout the home school community.

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.
Class cost per student: $90.
Drop-in fee: No drop in for this class.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Joyce at krinklebein@aol.com.

 

 

PRE-GYMNASTICS FLOOR FUN-DAMENTALS
10:40AM – 11:40AM
Supporting natural development with stretching, practicing balance, coordination with songs and pre-gymnastic floor skills has never been so fun! This is a parent/child class everyone will love!

Instructor Information: My name is MJ, I am former competitive gymnast who, for many years, directed gymnastics programs while teaching tots, recreational classes, coaching competitive teams, and judging meets. I have also enjoyed studying fine arts, child development, education and health sciences over the years. I hold a BFA, MEd, PhD, a current teaching license and have been practicing homeopathy for over twenty years. As a mother of five unschooled children, I am looking forward to sharing some basic gymnastic foundations with the little ones.

Class geared toward ages: 2-6 years.
Class cost per student: $50 per little student (the caregiver does not have a class fee) for the six week session.
Supply fee: $10 supply fee. Dress sporty and be ready for bare feet.
Drop-in fee: $12.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: MJ at romanpod@mac.com.  

 

DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS OF STATISTICS
10:40AM – 11:40AM
This class will examine the misuse of statistics, in public and private life. We will look at how poor statistics are presented without context or with deliberate skewing of their meaning, we will look at how necessary statistical information is regularly lacking or buried in public discussions, and we will examine in detail some of the numerical curses with which our society is plagued, curses like the self-selected sample or study, the confusion of median with mean, the gambler’s fallacy and the general misunderstanding of probability.

Instructor Information: My name is Ben Huizenga, and I’m a bookseller with Half Price Books. I’m a numbers and math puzzle fan from childhood, and I love a good prime. I am also scared that people’s lives are becoming something like a poorly programmed video game, and would like to see everyone better able to manage the numbers in their lives.

Class geared toward ages: 10 years and up.
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $10.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Ben at adso1327@gmail.com.

 

BATTLE BLASTERS – THE VIKING SAGA CONTINUES: CHIEFTANS
10:40AM – 11:40AM
(**Please note: This is a 5 week class, *beginning* on November 6th.)
The call of battle is but fresh in the ear of our Viking warriors. In our last class we but scratched the surface of Viking history. This class will continue the journey into Nordic History! We’ve got the arsenal; now let’s add chances to learn about leadership, tactics and ancient technology in epic Nerf-styled battle. New warriors welcome in this bombastic, wild and exciting class!

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: 6-11 years.
Class cost per student: $70 for one child, $90 for two, $100 for three.
Supply fee: No supply fee but each student must bring their own Nerf style shield and axe. For Shields we recommend “Nordic” foam shield from Amazon and Nerf Hatchet.
Drop-in fee: $15.
Prerequisites for this class: No, athletic clothing and water bottle required.

(**Please note: This is a 5 week class, *beginning* on November 6th.)

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Orion at treasureisland8@gmail.com and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “youth theatre ” and “AJCW”

 

*** HOMESCHOOL PARENT’S SUPPORT MEETINGS! ***
10:40am – 11:40am
 This is an adult-only meeting (nursing infants welcome) to discuss important homeschool and parenting topics.  The is no fee to attend the meeting.

Parent Meeting Topics:
October 30 – Dealing With Doubters
November 6 – Guest Speaker – Sharon Green
November 13 – Traveling and Homeschooling
November 20 – Supporting Your KIds Hobbies and Passions
December 4 – Different Learning Styles
December 11 – Your Kids Favorite Books

(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.

STORYTIME & ARTS
11:50AM – 12:50PM
Each week we’ll read a short book and then create an art project based on the book.   Expect Wild Things, Letter Monsters and Miniature Snow Globes to name just a few.

Instructor Information: I’m a Reed College graduate and after spending close to 20 years in real estate and banking I’ve been a stay at home dad since my son, Ian, was three months old. We read, craft, draw and sing silly songs with the best of them.

Class geared toward ages: 2 to 6 years.
Class cost per student: $30 + $5.00 supply fee.
Supply fee: $5.00 supply fee.
Drop-in fee: $10.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Stephen at covingtonokelley@sbcglobal.net.  

 

 

SCRIPTWRITING
11:50AM – 12:50PM
In this workshop, we will learn basic scriptwriting theory and practice. Students write short scenes and perform them, learning to write for the actors instead of readers. Participants will receive a full copy of their class’ final scenes.

Instructor Information: Anna Rebmann is an actress based in Chicago. She is a veteran of twelve years of homeschooling in Pennsylvania. Anna holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Belhaven University and a certificate in Classical Acting from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Anna’s award-winning plays have been performed in the USA and abroad. She is excited to share her passion for theatre with homeschool students in the Chicago area!

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.
Class cost per student: $65 per student, including a $5 materials fee for copies.
Drop-in fee: $10.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Anna at rebmann_annamarie@yahoo.com.  

 

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL LITERACY
11:50AM – 12:50PM
What is Money? Where does it come from? What are loans, how do credit cards and Banks work, and what are stocks and bonds?   This will be an introduction to the practical aspects of money, savings, bank accounts, investment, and the importance of financial knowledge and responsibility.

Instructor Information: Chad Brandt is home school parent and a financial services professional with over 21 years of industry experience in commercial and investment banking, capital markets, trading, portfolio management, financial risk management, and derivatives.

Class geared toward ages: 9 years and older.
Class cost per student: $25.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites for this class: Kids 9 and older. Basic math skills (we will do some interest and return computations) are recommended. Parents are invited and welcome to attend, but this class is primarily for the kids.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Chad at chad7777@sbcglobal.net.  

 

READER’S THEATER – DR. WHO CHRISTMAS CAROL
11:50AM – 12:50PM
(**Please note: This is a 5 week class, *beginning* on November 6th.)
Its London, the snow is falling, the sound of distant jingle bells mingling with the whir of the Tardis? Explore the classics Dickinson story through the lens of Sci-Fi with none other than the Doctor! Brand new to theatre? Perfect! Wanna try our funny voices? Got it! Experienced actor who wants time to really explore the short scene! Ends with a cast recording of our own radio show!

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: 7-14 years.
Class cost per student: $70 for one child, $90 for two, $100 for three.
Drop-in fee: $15.
Prerequisites for this class: No, new actors welcome!

(**Please note: This is a 5 week class, *beginning* on November 6th.)

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Orion at treasureisland8@gmail.com  and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “youth theatre ” and “AJCW”

 

HISTORY OF BOOKS
11:50AM – 12:50PM
Books have always been sources of power. The questions of who wrote them, who published them and who read them is a miniaturized history of the world. This class will study books, from the earliest papyri to Kindle Fires, and look at some general principles about what goes into books, who puts it there, and what rules govern their creation.

Instructor Information: My name is Ben Huizenga, and I’m a bookseller for Half Price Books. I enjoy my job, mostly because I’m continually surrounded by books. It’s a romantic relationship, really, I and the books. I’m not really a responsible person about it. I used to have a T-shirt that had a quotation from Erasmus on it, “When I get a little money, I buy books. After that, food and clothes.” That’s still true for me, although I don’t have the shirt anymore.

Class geared toward ages: 12 years and up.
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $10.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Ben at adso1327@gmail.com.  

 

TEAM SQUARES
11:50AM – 12:50PM
(**Please note: The class will only meet a total of five times. No class November 13.)
This is also called square dancing, but the phrase is misleading. There isn’t a whole lot of dancing in square dancing. It’s walking to music. You’re working with a team of seven others to follow a series of commands. And if you can hold your square together till the end of the sequence, it’s a real sense of accomplishment. It’s enormous fun and great exercise. By the end of an evening of square dancing the average dancer has traveled several miles without noticing they were exercising. It’s also a little trickier than you think it’s going to be. Here’s what some very good square dancers look like: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10100124189834378

Instructor Information: (Bruce Holmes) I’m a long time square dancer, and I find calling squares fascinating. I’m a member of Callerlab. I’ve taught everything from chess to folk dancing to juggling to Aikido to triathlon to square dancing. I was the coach for the Oakton (elementary school) Chess Team that won two state championships. Working with those kids was the most fun I’ve ever had.

Class geared toward ages: 10 years and up, but it really depends on the child. If you’ve got an 8 year old who’s very focused, disciplined and smart (and aren’t all our kids exactly that?), they might ace the class. I’d also love it if the parents would participate for free with the understanding that if there are too many people to make up an even number of squares (eight per square), they’d be willing to sit out on occasion.
Class cost per student: $35 per child, $60 for two kids from the same family, $80 for more than two.
Drop-in fee: No. The learning is cumulative so dropping by half way thru wouldn’t work.
Prerequisites for this class: No.

(**Please note: The class will only meet a total of five times. No class November 13.)

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Bruce at Bruce@BruceTHolmes.com.   

 

12:50PM – 1:30PM **** LUNCH BREAK **** (ALL ROOMS CLOSED DURING THIS TIME.)

 

LET’S GO TO SWEDEN
1:30PM – 2:30PM
In this class, we travel to modern and historical Sweden to explore Norse culture, modern Europe and fascinating festivals that happen in this beautiful country. We use storytelling, play, dance, music art and more to make Swedish culture come alive. Let’s go!

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: 4-10 years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $12.
Drop-in fee: $10.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Yoli at kokypus@yahoo.com.  

 

SECRETS OF MAGIC
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Do you love magic? Have you ever dreamed of being a magician? If you have then this is the class for you. We are going to learn the secrets behind all types of magic tricks so that you can amaze your friends and family. The tricks will include card, coin and rope tricks as well as stage illusions. At the end of the 6 week class you will receive your Magician diploma and feel confident performing. We will have a performance for all the students and adults at the homeschool co-op during the last class.

Instructor Information: My name is Manuel Rueda, I am a professional magician; I have been performing magic since I was 7 years old. I am originally from Madrid, Spain and at the moment, I am an international exchange student studying at a local university here in Chicago. I currently pose a teaching degree for physical theater and visual arts from the University of Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. I have been traveling around the world doing magic; Edinburgh, London, Italy, and Germany. I have also been given the opportunity to perform magic at children’s hospital for more than 13 years. Magic is absolutely my passion and I want to be able to give the chance for individuals who love magic a fighting chance to learn this admirable art.

Class geared toward ages: 9 years and up.
Class cost per student: $75.
Supply fee: $15 per student. This will include all materials they will need to perform their own tricks.
Prerequisites for this class: Just a strong desire to learn and perform magic.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Manuel at magomor92@hotmail.com.

 

ANCIENT HISTORY MYSTERIES
1:30PM – 2:30PM
(**Please note: This is a 5 week class. No class on Dec. 11th.)
Come join us as we continue our search for answers to the mysteries in ancient history. Who hauled stones across the plains of Britannia? Was a young king murdered? How did we get the alphabet? Was there really a wooden horse a Troy? What’s with the hundreds of pottery soldiers? We will speculate, debate and judge the evidence: *Stonehenge *King Tut *Invention of the Alphabet *Trojan Horse *The Terracotta Soldiers (please note this is a 5 week course)

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+ years.
Class cost per student: $40/per student ($35/siblings) enrolled.
Supply fee:$10 for printing costs.
Drop-in fee: No drop-in fee; drop-in available for first class of session only.

(**Please note: This is a 5 week class. No class on Dec. 11th.)

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Dawn at dawnmthaley@gmail.com.  

 

GAME DESIGN WORKSHOP
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Monopoly, Candy Land, Risk, Settlers of Catan… Everyone has played board games. But have you ever wanted to make you own? Game design is an emerging cross­disciplinary field which seeks to discover what makes a good game. It requires 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 workshop, we will be studying game design first hand by creating our very own board games. The first few sessions, we will take time to study the design of a few classic games and how to incorporate ideas from those into our own games. Some eclectic supplies will be provided, scavenged from other board games, but feel free to bring your own supplies. And of course, the last day, we will be teaching each other the games we’ve made and play-testing them.

Instructor Information: Michael Maloney is a software developer with a love of computer science, mathematics, and programming languages.

Class geared toward ages: 12+ years.
Class cost per student: $70 (includes cost of supplies).
Drop­ in fee: $10.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Michael at maloneymr@gmail.com.  

 

GAMING CLUB – BOARD, CARD & ELECTRONIC
1:30PM – 2:30PM
This is a club for people who like to play games. You may bring your own laptop, or electronic device and play your own games, as well as join in group gaming. I will bring board and card games for everyone, or bring your favorite.

Instructor Information: (Nancy) I am a homeschooling parent of two children. I love to play all kinds of games, and have fond memories of playing games with my family growing up. Both my kids enjoy games as well, and look forward to playing with old and new friends.

Class geared toward ages: 6-ish years and up. If you have a younger child who you think could participate, email me.
Class cost per student: $40.
Drop-in fee: $10/week drop in, if there is room.
Prerequisites for this class: Either bring your own electronic device, or plan to play group games. Group games will require general game etiquette, as in: taking turns, being a good sport, following the rules.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Nancy at nancymachaj@gmail.com 

 

LIGHTSABER ACADEMY – TWIN SABERS
1:30PM – 2:30PM
(**Please note: This is a 5 week class, *beginning* on November 6th.)
The Force is strong with this class. New Padawans will learn focus and body awareness as they train with more experienced classmates for an epic new challenge: two sabers at the same time! Twice the excitement, twice the fun, twice the STARWARS! The Journey of stage combat continues as we learn the same moves as the pros!

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: 6-11 years.
Class cost per student: $70 for one child, $90 for two, $100 for three.
Drop-in fee: $20.

(**Please note: This is a 5 week class, *beginning* on November 6th.)

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Orion at treasureisland8@gmail.com  and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “youth theatre ” and “AJCW”

 

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS – GLADIATORS
2:40PM – 3:40PM
(**Please note: This is a 5 week class, *beginning* on November 6th.)
Your party has been captured! A terrible Dread Lord demands that fight your way through weekly hordes to greatness! Perhaps your party will die in the ring, perhaps they’ll escape to face their oppressor. Classic D and D play focused on battle and combat with forum set up for sharing back story online! Quick math, quick thinking, creative problem solving and storytelling feature in this amazing class!

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: 9-14 years.
Class cost per student: $70 for one child, $90 for two, $100 for three.
Supply fee: No, but you may bring your own dice.
Drop-in fee: $20. prerequisites for this class: An understanding of role playing in D and D is helpful but not required.

(**Please note: This is a 5 week class, *beginning* on November 6th.)

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Orion at treasureisland8@gmail.com  and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “youth theatre ” and “AJCW”  

 


THE MAGIC OF SPANISH

2:40PM – 3:40PM
My passion is to teach the Spanish language through theatre, magic and interactive play. My goal is to generate a “love” for Spanish and get the kids to learn the language without realizing that they are learning a new language.   I do this by involving the children in activities they enjoy and are familiar with. Some examples of activities are: 1) Ball Toss for Numbers. With this activity the kids learn numbers and develop their ability to listen and work in a group. 2) Create and perform magic tricks to learn vocabulary and grammar (they will then perform the magic in Spanish). 3) We will create improve games where they will speak and learn Spanish. Through creative play, real life situations, repetition and enjoyment the kids will gain a deeper understanding and retention of the language. In this class the kids are guaranteed to have fun while learning.

Instructor Information: My name is Manuel Rueda, I’m 22 years old. I am from Madrid, Spain and at the moment, I am an international exchange student studying at a local university here in Chicago. I have a degree from the Uni. Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid in teaching physical theatre and visual art.       I have worked with children of all ages for more than 13 years in many capacities. This includes theatre, magic and circus. I never liked learning language because I considered the books and worksheets to be quite tedious and I felt that it was not a good way to learn something as beautiful as language. One day I traveled to another country and realized that we can learn language by involving the students in the language. I developed an interactive program to teach language through the arts. I have taught English to children in Spain using this method very successfully.

Class geared toward ages: 9 years and up.
Class cost per student: $80 per student. Siblings discount $15 per child.
Drop-in fee: $20 (if class is not full).
Prerequisites for this class: None.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Manuel at magomor92@hotmail.com.  

 

IMPROV THEATRE GAMES
2:40PM – 3:40PM
Improv is the new rage in schools, summer camps and small theaters which are offering improv classes to eager improvisers!  This class will offer children a safe and fun environment playing improvisational theatre games that will not only bring laughs, but help breed good listening skills, self-confidence, acceptance of others, as well as encourage and nurture innate curiosity and creativity.  The laughs will come naturally as we improvise scenes with all sorts of unexpected hilarity.  Kids love this kind of stuff!

Instructor Information:  I am Masha Furmanova a homeschool mom with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education – go figure.  I have been taking improv classes for over 5 years and have now begun hosting evenings with fellow classmates and friends. I have put together many a theatre program, and even taught a pre-school “improv” class, years ago.   My 8 year old daughter, Anya, enjoys these improv games with her friends, thus it seemed like a good time to bring her to the stage, me to the front of the class and invite other homeschoolers that might be interested as well to play along with us!

Class geared toward ages:  8 to 12 year olds.
Class cost per student:  $60 for first child & add $30 per sibling
Drop-in fee: $15.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Masha at mfurmanova@hotmail.com.  

 

 

AMAZING ARTS & CRAFTS
2:40PM – 3:40PM
Be ready to explore the wonderful world of arts & crafts and put your creativity to the test.   This is a hand’s on class. Every week we will show you the tricks behind each project and then each of you will have the chance to make what we demonstrate. Some of the projects we will complete include arm scarves, confetti bowls, collages, leaf art & holiday crafts.

Instructor Information: Celia and Annika both have a passion for art. Over the years they have completed several art classes through Chicago Park District (watercolor, clay class, drawing). 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. Annika is 13 years old and has been active at the homeschool collective for several years. Annika loves to draw, take photos and sports. She is great with younger children and has 2 younger brothers of her own.

Class geared toward ages: 9 years & up.
Class cost per student: $50 per student, $10 discount for the second (or more) sibling.
Supply fee: $20 supply fee (this fee does not include yarn for arm scarves). Drop-in fee: No drop-ins.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Celia at ccmarino6@gmail.com.  

 

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING WITH PYTHON
2:40PM – 3:40PM
The best way to understand how computers work is by learning to program them. A program is set of instructions for telling a computer what to do. But computers don’t understand English. So what do they understand? In this class, we will be learning the basics of Python, a popular programming language used by millions of software developers around the world. Python’s clear syntax makes it a good teaching language, while its enormous open source software ecosystem make it suitable for writing production software for companies and organizations. We will learn about data and how it is organized with lists and dictionaries, how to make decisions based on data using if statements, iterating over lists and repeating steps multiple times, how to organize code into manageable pieces with functions, and how to read and write data to files.

Instructor Information: Michael Maloney is a software developer with a love of computer science, mathematics, and programming languages.

Class geared toward ages: 12+ years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: None. But a laptop is required.
Drop­-in fee: $10.

QUESTIONS? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Michael at maloneymr@gmail.com.

 

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? OR TO REGISTER CONTACT: Yoli at kokypus@yahoo.com