AJCW Fall 2012!

The Fall AJCW Line-Up is an AMAZING one! Looking forward to seeing you all out at these wonderful classes!

 

This year’s AJ Collective Workshops will be running in 6 week sessions throughout the calendar school year. The sessions will run: Sept. 6 through Oct. 11th, off Oct. 18th. Then Oct. 25th through Dec. 6th, off Nov. 22nd. After our break for the holidays we will have three 6 week sessions: Jan. 10th through Feb. 21st (NO classes 2/7), Feb. 28th  through April 4th, (off April 11th), and April 18th through May 23rd.

 

This line up of amazing classes below is for the first 6 weeks, Sept. 6th through Oct. 11th.

Classes meet at the Ethical Humanist Society at 7574 N. Lincoln, Skokie, IL.

All registration is held by the facilitating teacher personally and contact information is listed for each specific class. General questions emailed to Amy at: mommy@nakitababy.com.

 


Thursdays, Sept. 6th through Oct. 11th, 10:00am – 11:00am:

 

Little’s Art
Little’s Art is geared towards children 3 years of age on up to 7 years with two main guided take-home projects each week, exploring several different mediums each week! The rooms are set up for a fun-filled hour of exploration (in addition to the main project) with sensory stations to work on fine motor skills though beading, drawing, painting, collage construction, stamping, play dough, stickers and much more! Parents are invited to attend. Class is taught by art enthusiasts extraordinaire, homeschooling moms Jen Kafizov and Amy Jarjusey.
Class minimum: 5 children ages 3-7 years.
Cost: $55 per child for the full 6 week session. Drop in fee $10.
Questions, information or to register contact Amy Jarjusey and Jen Kafizov: tikistanford@yahoo.com  (PAYPAL is accepted for this class.)

 

Games Galore!
Do you have siblings benefiting from other classes during this 10-11am session time and you’d like something to do?! Well, come on out and enjoy an hour of board games, puzzles and more with friends! Bring one of your favorites each week to share with others, and learn new games from the new friends you make! This is a casual drop-in game time that will run for the full 6 week session. Class is supervised by Miriam de Castelnau, homeschooling mother of two. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay and play as well!
Cost: *Family* rental fee donation of $12.00 for the 6 week session.
Questions, information or to register contact Amy Jarjusey and Jen Kafizov: tikistanford@yahoo.com  (PAYPAL is accepted for this class.) 

 

Model United Nations
This class will train students in model UN, a role-playing activity where students represent diplomats from different countries at a mock United Nations session and collaborate on solving international problems while safeguarding their nations’ interests. We’ll spend the first three weeks learning about geography, international politics, and how the UN works, and then jump right into an interactive simulated crisis scenario! Students are expected to research their country and the topics they are discussing as much as they believe is necessary for them to succeed in the simulation. We will provide materials to help them with this. Class is lead by Katie Borg, Kevin Wokosin, Andrew Wokosin and Milan Fredrick; all have attended several Model United Nations conferences and taught middle school students MUN. They are members of an independent high school Model United Nations club that produces the largest middle school model UN conference in Chicago at the Chicago History Museum. Also assisting this class coordination: Katie Wokosin, a homeschooling parent, long-time member of EHS and coordinator extraordinaire, and Morgan Celik who practiced in international relations and has taught at university and post-graduate levels. Since 2009, she has taught MUN in various communities throughout the Chicago area.
Class minimum: 5 students ages 9 -13 who have some writing background and a reading ability at middle school level or higher. Research methods will be introduced.
Cost: $50/student for the full session.
Questions, information or to register contact Morgan Celik: tallynsheart@yahoo.com

 

 

Creative Writing
There are so many reasons for writing! In this class we will explore most of them and hone our skills. Want to convince your parents you should have a pet iguana? Well, a persuasive essay could do the trick. Want to tell the world how frustrated you are about the environment or your chore list? You could get that out in a poem. Want to live through an adventure where you call the shots for a change? Short stories and novels take care of that! All of this is available to kids age 9 and up who have basic writing skills. Spelling and handwriting are not an issue and will be improved upon in this class through creating actual documents. We will explore the many amazing purposes and styles of writing that humans have used through the ages, code writing, song lyrics, reviews, journaling, short stories, collaborative storytelling and poetry to name a few. We will develop good peer review skills and also touch on the fundamentals of debate. Class will be taught by Kim Campbell. She has been eclectically unschooling her two children for over ten years and has found plenty of opportunities during that time 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 minimum: 6 kids ages 9-14 years of age. Required: notebooks, writing utensils and creative energy.
Cost: $65.00 /student for the full session.
Questions, information or to register contact Kim Campbell: kim@kimzyn.com

 

 

Seven Generations of Stories
A course on healing ourselves and the Earth.
Each of us has a story to tell: the places we come from, our ancestors and the various influences that make each of us a unique being.  From childhood we build this personal narrative, oftentimes without any conscious effort, in order to house experiences of past and present that in turn create all the possibilities of the future.  Even less acknowledged in our personal stories is the role of the Earth and her chronicle and the tales of the Indigenous Peoples who walked these lands before us.  In this six-week class for ages 5-10 we will explore the stories and wisdom teachings of the local Native Peoples of the Chicago-area, the earth-based spirituality inherent to this land and explore the wisdom that is housed in each and every two-legged being.

Some of our activities will include:

  • Movement through yoga and circle dance
  • Introduction to Animal-themed teachings
  • Learning of the sacred circle of life
  • Lots of storytelling
  • Corn planting
  • Visit to Mitchell Indian Museum
  • Co-created final ceremony with friends and family

Class is taught by Yoli Maya Yeh, a Yoga Therapist (VYASA, Yoga for the Special Child) and an Educator in Comparative Religions and Global Studies (MA Comparative Religious Ethics).  Yoli spent twelve years of her young adulthood studying language, yoga, tantra, healing arts and meditation in India.  A native of Evanston, IL, she blends her understandings of Indigenous wisdom teachings, mind-body science, yogic discipline, and play into innovative learning programs for all ages and abilities.  Her recent teaching adventures in cross-cultural education work took her to Jordan, Israel, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia with 15-23 year old students challenging themselves to understand what it means to be a Global Citizen.  More info at: www.yogawithyoli.com
Class minimum: 5 students, ages 5 -10 years old.
Cost: $72 per student
No Prerequisites
Questions, information or to register contact Yoli Maya Yeh: kokypus@yahoo.com or 847-505-5947.

 

 

 

Thursdays, Sept. 6th through Oct. 11th, 11:15am – 12:15pm:

 

Fun with Phonics
A Multisensory exploration of sounds, letters and words.
This class is for children who are asking questions and beginning to learn about the sounds, letters and words that surround them.  We will start by using songs (with guitar), poetry and prose to play around with rhyme and rhythm.  We’ll manipulate sounds by breaking words apart and changing them into new ones.   We will talk about letters and the sounds they make and practice putting them together to make words.  A large portion of the class will be taught in a free movement Montessori style. Various stations will be set up around the room to explore some of what was introduced.  We’ll make our own sandpaper letters, trace letters in cornmeal, match objects to their beginning sounds, use magnets, chalk and pencils to trace and write words.  We’ll make word ladders, “fish” for words and create our own nonsense words.  Come get excited about where stories come from! This class is taught by Clare Heath, former Montessori school teacher and new homeschooling mama.
Class minimum: 5 students ages 4-7 years of age.
Cost: $60. 00 per student/full session. Drop in fee: $12.00. (Family rate available.)
Questions, information or to register contact Clare Heath: claremango@gmail.com

 

 

Games Galore (Too)!
Do you have siblings benefiting from other classes during this 10-11am session time and you’d like something to do?! Well, come on out and enjoy an hour of board games, puzzles and more with friends! Bring one of your favorites each week to share with others, and learn new games from the new friends you make! This is a casual drop-in game time that will run for the full 6 week session. Class is supervised by Amy Jarjusey and Jen Kafisov, homeschooling mothers of…many. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay and play as well!
Cost: *Family* rental fee donation of $12.00 for the 6 week session.
Questions, information or to register contact Amy Jarjusey and Jen Kafizov: tikistanford@yahoo.com (PAYPAL is accepted for this class.)

 


ASL
Beginning to Intermediate conversational ASL.
We continue to will learn conversational ASL vocabulary as well as developing  ASL grammatical skills using things like facial grammar and classifiers to open up a whole new world of communication possibilities! We will also discuss Deaf Culture and learn to create traditional hand-shape and ABC stories. This will be a fun, interactive class with lots of games and language play! Classes are taught by Amy Eaton who learned ASL in 1988 working with National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s “Sunshine Too”, an outreach company made up of 3 hearing and 3 Deaf actors. Based in Rochester, NY, they toured most of the US, performing for all kinds of audiences in all kinds of situations. In 1990, she moved to Chicago with comrade Peter Cook, an internationally recognized Deaf Poet. Together they taught a mix of ASL and creative drama under the auspices of Urban Gateways from 1991-1995. In 1993 Amy co-founded Nature of the Beast and directed their original “ASL Opera” adaptation of “Medea.”
Class minimum: 6 people, ages 8 and up, parents welcome to take the class as well. (Younger folk by permission only.)
Cost: $70 per student (sibling/family rate available)
Questions, information or to register contact Amy Eaton: amyceaton@gmail.com

 

Personal Finance:  Play the Market
An introduction class on savings and investing.
This class will introduce students ages 10 and up to the world of personal finance. Using the SiFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game, students will manage a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio of stocks, mutual funds, and bonds.  As they build their accounts they will learn economic and financial concepts, as well as reinforcing essential skills in critical thinking, decision-making, and independent research. Topics that I will cover are: what is a company; bonds; mutual funds; what is risk; the causes of stock market cycles; how money grows over time; dividends and interest; and analyzing investment strategies.  The class is led by Nance Zartman, a homeschooling mother with a passion for finance.  Nance holds a Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in economics/finance and spent many years as an options trader at the Chicago Board of Trade.
Class minimum: 6 students ages 10-17 years of age. ** A laptop will be needed for class. **
Cost: $70/child for session.
Questions, information or to register contact Nance Zartman: silvermaple123@gmail.com

 

Art of Mentoring: A Skill Building Course for Tweens and Teens
This fun and interactive course will teach essential skills for young people of today to navigate the possibilities of the future (education, works, dreams, wishes) by learning both essential communication skills, simple tools for stress-management and constructive ways to process new information. This program will provide tools needed to get the most out of your education (now and into the future), and be healthy and balanced while doing it. This will increase your ability to navigate your life choices, and help you fit in to the cross-cultural globalized education and work setting of the future.

Over a six week period this course will introduce:
–  Basic Yoga Relaxation and Stress Management Techniques
– Non-Violent Communication
– How to use a mentor to help you find your own self-mentor
– Life Visioning Activities

Class is taught by Yoli Maya Yeh, a Yoga Therapist (VYASA, Yoga for the Special Child) and an Educator in Comparative Religions and Global Studies (MA Comparative Religious Ethics).  Yoli spent twelve years of her young adulthood studying language, yoga, tantra, healing arts and meditation in India.  A native of Evanston, IL, she blends her understandings of Indigenous wisdom teachings, mind-body science, yogic discipline, and play into innovative learning programs for all ages and abilities.  Her recent teaching adventures in cross-cultural education work took her to Jordan, Israel, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia with 15-23 year old students challenging themselves to understand what it means to be a Global Citizen.  More info at: www.yogawithyoli.com
Class minimum: 5 students, ages 10-18 years old. ** Required Book: Mentoring: The TAO of Giving and Receiving Wisdom by Chungliang Al Huang and Jerry Lunch. **
Cost: $60 per student
No Prerequisites
Questions, information or to register contact Yoli Maya Yeh: kokypus@yahoo.com or 847-505-5947.

Thursdays, Sept. 6th through Oct. 11th, 12:15p – 1:00p:    LUNCH!

Thursdays, Sept. 6th through Oct. 11th, 1:00p – 1:30p

Family Yoga!
This is an optional, low-key, middle-of-the-day-rejuvenation, family yoga time where we will pop in an instructional dvd/video and do some yoga stretching together before our afternoon session start up. Bring your mats, towels and bare feet to the auditorium for this rejuvenating half hour. This is *not* run by an instructional teacher.
Cost: *Family* rental fee donation of $15.00 for the 6 week session.
Questions, information or to register contact Amy Jarjusey and Jen Kafizov: tikistanford@yahoo.com   (PAYPAL is accepted for this class.)

 

Thursdays, Sept. 6th through Oct. 11th, 1:45p – 2:45p:   

 

Math with Manipulatives: Advanced Arithmetic, Fractions, and Logic
Did you struggle with long division when you were learning math? Did you ever wonder what multiplying fractions was supposed to mean, or why dividing fractions was the same as “flipping” the second fraction “upside down” and multiplying? Now your child can learn what these things really mean in this hands-on class that combines numerical manipulations with the use of manipulatives so that the reality behind the math is always in the forefront. Since the memorization of basic math facts (times tables, etc.) is useful in doing advanced arithmetic, various games and activities will also be offered to encourage this memorization. Class is taught by Newt Sherwin, homeschooling mom of four, including one mathematically-gifted, attention-challenged, worksheet-averse kid who continues to inspire her exploration of alternate methods for teaching math.
Class minimum: 3 students, approximately 7-10 years of age, however mathematical ability is far more important than age. Students should be comfortable with numbers through 100, be able to write numbers, and be thoroughly comfortable with addition and subtraction.
Cost: $60/student for full session.
Questions, information or to register contact Newt Sherwin: nsherwin@ameritech.net

 

Riot Grrlz
Our days will consist of a self-awareness workshop geared towards attachment feminism to awaken the inner movement of female empowerment. We will learn from each other and grow together as stronger selves and sisters. Our time spent will be diverse, inclusive and sprayed with music, art (Zine making: a process we will complete at the closing of our session or as the projects pull together; one or more are possible) liberal topic discussion introduced by pre-chosen and carry along articles and spontaneous debates. Our time together will be girl-driven and with luck sparked with energy, compassion, fire and love. My role as facilitator is to assist with barriers and momentum. I am very proud to be able to congregate these emotions as a model for liberation and bringing these ideas to a more compact lifestyle: Feminism. Class is facilitated by mami of four Unschoolers: Ecclectic, Independant, Ethnocentric, Loud Mouth, Rambler Emylee Delgado.
Class minimum: 5 grrlz ages 9 to 14 (and open). Girls should be willing to share, speak and bring all they have. Our strengths could be within or immediate, together we will work to find our paths.
Cost: $65 singular, $100 pair (No one turned down for lack of funds, please contact instructor.)
Questions, information or to register contact Emylee Delgado: emyleedelmar@yahoo.com  

 

Anatomy and Physiology
A basic anatomy and physiology class focused on the anatomy (what and where) and physiology (how things work) of the body. Emphasis will be on anatomy and physiology in a functional context and understanding basic medical terminology through word roots/prefixes/suffixes. Class will be part lecture, part lab, part internet-based. If student can bring a lap top to class, she/he should but it is not required.
Session #1 will include:
Week one: Overview of the body systems, terminology used to describe what and where
Week two: pulmonary
Week three: cardiac
Week four: digestive
Week five: urinary
Week six: muscle skeletal
(A continuation, second session will be offered in the next installment of AJCW, to include: Week one: Review previous session, integrementry; Week two: blood and basic cell structure; Week three: immunology; Week four: endocrine; Week five: neurology one; Week six: neurology two.) Classes are taught by Jennifer Reft who is currently a tenured faculty member of Morton College and teaches in the physical therapy assistant program. She teaches kinesiology, neurological physical therapy, and medical terminology. She has a BS in physical therapy and a MS in kinesiology, and is a neurological clinical specialist (NCS) since 1999. She practices physical therapy at Swedish Covenent Hospital and has formal training in Stott pilates and tai chi.
Class minimum: 3 students, ages 9-13 years of age. ** Anatomy books will be available for students to use during class. Students will be encouraged to use these books in any reasonable way—please note that these books feature the anatomy of the whole body and if this is an issue for you or your child your child should not take the class.
Cost: $60 per student, ½ off for a sibling.
Questions, information or to register contact Jennifer Reft: reftpt93@gmail.com

 

Logic
Let loose your inner detective and join us as we search for the missing tiara, figure out who is blackmailing Santa, and more. Through collaboration, students in this class will use deductive reasoning skills to solve a series of mysteries. As we solve a new mystery each week, students will: learn the difference between inferences and assumptions, improve organizational thinking and note taking skills, and be able to collect and analyze evidence. There will be a warm up at the beginning of each class with a daily logic puzzle, and game time at the end (if time permits). Class is facilitated by Miriam de Castelnau  (mere mortal, homeschooling mother of two, and constant thinker about kids learning to think about thinking.)
Class minimum: 2 students ages 9 years and up.
Cost: $40 per student/full session.
Questions, information or to register contact Miriam de Castelnau: miriam@decastelnau.com

 

Lil’ Jammers (is BACK!)
We had SO.MUCH.FUN. the first session of Jammers that we’d be fools not to come back and try out some new and inventive dances, games and fun movement activities with your kiddos again! This jam session is geared towards children 3 years of age on up to 7 years or anyone willing to get their groove-on with us! (YES, parents! This does mean you are invited to wiggle and jiggle with us!) We will explore all genres through music, movement, dance, and instrument exploration. Join us right after that fun family yoga rejuvenation class, and get your groove on! Class is taught by your Jam! specialists and homeschooling moms Jen Kafizov and Amy Jarjusey.
Class minimum: 5 children. $55 per child for the full 6 week session. Drop in fee $10.
Questions, information or to register contact Amy Jarjusey and Jen Kafizov: tikistanford@yahoo.com   (PAYPAL is accepted for this class.)

 

Thursdays, Sept. 6th through Oct. 11th, 3:00p – 4:00p:   

 

Math with Manipulatives: Basic Arithmetic, Introductory Logic, and Basic Geometry
Children who are comfortable counting and ready to experiment with arithmetic will enjoy learning basic arithmetic, logic and geometry in this playful, manipulatives-based class. A variety of games and activities will be offered each week, covering the following topics: addition, subtraction, place value, geometry and spatial relationships, logic, and sorting (a pre-algebra skill), and repeated adding of the same number (an easy introduction to multiplication). Class is taught by Newt Sherwin, homeschooling mom of four, including one mathematically-gifted, attention-challenged, worksheet-averse kid who continues to inspire her exploration of alternate methods for teaching math.
Class minimum: 3 students, ages 4-7 years of age, however mathematical ability more important than age. Students should have the ability to reliably count to 20, although irregular names for numbers (fiveteen instead of fifteen for instance) are fine. Written numbers will be used some, but the ability to read and write is not required, and students who cannot write numbers yet are welcome.
Cost: $60/student for full session.
Questions, information or to register contact Newt Sherwin: nsherwin@ameritech.net

 

Art through Drawing
This is geared toward the art-inspired kids out there who always seem to be drawing, doodling, sketching something. Ever see a picture in a magazine, book, or museum and say, “Geesh, I wish I could draw that picture!”?? This is the class for you! This will be a fun, yet easy-going art class where drawing is experimented with, tested, honed, and evolved. Students will bring in *that* picture they would like to enlarge and draw, and I will help them with their true works of art. The six week project will result in an enlargement of the student’s choice. No experience is necessary, however a true (true) love of art and drawing are. Class is taught by Amy Jarjusey who is a homeschooling mom of four fabulous kiddos, one of which is one of *these* students. A passion for art since she was a wee-one herself, she loves to share the passion with others.
Class minimum: 4 students, ages 9 years and up (or the art-loving student who wants to learn a new technique!)
Cost: $90.00 – all drawing materials will be supplied. Student brings their picture to enlarge, but all drawing materials will be supplied otherwise.
Questions, information or to register contact Amy Jarjusey and Jen Kafizov: tikistanford@yahoo.com   (PAYPAL is accepted for this class.)

 

Archaeology Foundation Class: Archaeology in Mesopotamia 1
The civilization of Mesopotamia, the land between two rivers, represents one of the oldest civilizations on earth and it made a major contribution to the western society. After six weeks, students will be able to identify the major changes in Mesopotamian history. They will also learn how archaeologists study the past, with examples from the prehistory and early history of Mesopotamia.

 

Lesson 1 – Why do we study Mesopotamia?

Lesson 2 – The first farmers and the Neolithic period in the Ancient Near East (8th to 5th Millennium BC) Lesson 3 – The first kings

Lesson 4 – The invention of writing

Lesson 5 – Science and religion in the ancient world

Lesson 6 – Daily life in the ancient world

 

Class is taught by Dr. Tobin Hartnell who graduated from the U. of Chicago with a PhD in Mesopotamian Archaeology. He now works at the Oriental Institute Museum and gives lectures about the ancient world. He also has an ongoing archaeology project in Persepolis, Iran.
Class minimum: 5 students, ages 9 + years.

Cost: $60 per student for the complete set of 6 lessons.

Questions, information or to register contact Tobin Hartnell: hartnell@uchicago.edu

 

 

Math Club
This is an open, unstructured class for kids who are thinking about math and want to talk about it! Each week students will have the opportunity to solve a challenging math problem, play games with friendly competition, solve puzzles, riddles and more. Students are also encouraged to bring their own ideas and thoughts for discussion or create a math problem for the group to solve. Class is facilitated by Miriam de Castelnau  (mere mortal, homeschooling mother of two, and constant thinker about kids learning to think about thinking.)
Class minimum: 2 students; Kids should be comfortable at a middle school math level and have a working knowledge of concepts such as fractions, decimals, percents, negative numbers, radicals/exponents, variables/equations, order of operations,  etc. (6th through 8th grade).
Cost: $20 per student for whole session.
Questions, information or to register contact Miriam de Castelnau: miriam@decastelnau.com

 

Arbol de La Vida
This is a revamped edition that will use mixed media to learn the world´s most spoke language other than Mandarin. We all love to learn and this class will teach in classical styles of introduction of basics as ABCs, numbers and vocabulary. We will mix in animals, family names and everyday objects. We will incorporate song, history, game play and if there is time a sprinkle of art. I would like to bring to their awareness the knowledge the participants posses. This language, in particular, has an individual advantage due to the foods we eat the world around us, our neighbors and the relation from English to Spanish. Due to late editing class will be tailored to registrars. Ven acompanianos! Come join us, we will have a fun time and learn a bit. Class is facilitated by mami of four Unschoolers: Ecclectic, Independant, Ethnocentric, Loud Mouth, Rambler Emylee Delgado.
Class minimum: 5 students/ 2 families, (suggested ages: 5-10 yrs).
Cost: $65 per student, $100 per family. (No one turned down for lack of funds, please contact instructor.)
Questions, information or to register contact Emylee Delgado: emyleedelmar@yahoo.com