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AJCW – Fall 2013 Session Two!

AJ Collective Workshops (AJCW)
Session 2 – Fall 2013 Schedule
November 7th through December 19th
(no classes November 28th)

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

Thanks much and see you at AJCW soon! 

   ajcw fall                    

Train Club
9:30-10:30am
Back by request, it’s the train club! I’m offering a space for those youngsters who can’t get enough of things with wheels to PLAY WITH TRAINS. We can read train stories, listen to and make train sounds, watch Buster Keaton’s silent classic, The General, and spend an hour laying tracks on floors, tables and even the wall!                                                               

Class Instructor: Seana Huizenga was found frozen in a block of ice off the coast of Greenland. She was displayed for several decades in Captain Redbeard’s Oddity Menagerie, until intolorable conditions forced her to make a bid for freedom. She tunnelled her way to Chicago where she was taken in by a kindly habadasher. Seana showed an unusual talent for hat design, and specializes in creating hats that will be eaten by goats.

Class geared toward ages: 6 years on down – (under 3 years with a parent)
Class cost per student: $50 per student, $80 for 2 siblings.
Drop in fee: $10

To register, or with questions, contact Seana at: huizebe@earlham.edu.

 

 

Learn to play Magic the Gathering
9:30-10:30am
  
Magic the Gathering is a trading card game.  If you enjoy strategy based games this card game is for you.  In this class you will learn how to play Magic the Gathering and how to improve on strategy to become a better player.  We will also be instructing on how to build your own deck.  It is recommended that you bring your own Magic the Gathering “Intro pack”.  You can find this at target for around $10.  You do not have to bring an intro pack, we will have decks that you can use for the class.  Keep in mind that if you already know the basics of Magic the gathering we will still be teaching good tips and tricks to improve your game.                                                                          

Class Instructors: Sebastian Ffrench and Winston Upchurch have been playing Magic the Gathering continuously for over a year.  They don’t eat, they don’t sleep, just magic (just kidding).  They have been steadily improving their play and would like to pass on what they have learned to other people.          

Class geared toward ages: 8+ years.              
Class cost: $30
Supply fee: No supply fee.  Students can buy their own Magic the Gathering Intro Pack or use decks provided in class.  They will not be able to take these decks home with them.
Prerequisites for this class: This is open to beginners and players who already have some experience.

To register, or with questions, contact Denyse at: denyseffrench@sbcglobal.net.

 


Science of Hearing
9:30-10:30am
We will learn about the parts and function of the ear, how sound travels, how ears send signals to the brain, how hearing aids work, how we keep our balance, about animal, fish and bug “ears”….. all while cutting and putting together your own paper ear, painting images of what you feel when listening to different music, sculpting (out of Sculpy) pendants of our favorite things to hear (airplanes, cat, raindrops, car, wind in the tree, popcorn popping, birds, etc.)

Class Instructor: Jennifer Mollet is a Mabel of all trades, mom of three.  We have homeschooled for 5 years and I run a small nonprofit. We love to travel and explore as we go.

Class geared toward ages: 8 years and up.
Class cost: $50 per student, $75 per sibling pair.
Supply fee: $15 in addition to class cost.
Drop-in fee: $15 with prior email notification so that supplies are sufficient for the class.

To register, or with questions, contact Jennifer at: angelicreatures@hotmail.com or 773-583-6299.

 


Handmade Books
9:30-10:30am
Students will learn the art of bookbinding. We will be making journals, sketchbooks, accordion books and one of a kind art books.                                 

Class Instructor: Joyce Elias is an Evanston based artist. She has taught and continues to teach a variety of art classes within the homeschool community. Joyce is currently working on a new series of painted collages and wood constructions.                                                                                                

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.
Class cost: $75, includes supply fee.

To register, or with questions, contact Joyce at: krinklebein@aol.com or (c) 847-337-6212,  (h) 847-475-7992.

 


Finding Your Voice -CLASS IS FULL (please check back next session)
9:30-10:30a
Telling a story, teaching a class, speaking up for what you believe in.  Learn to use what’s unique about you to become confident and comfortable speaking in public.  We will use tools from trial advocacy, acting and storytelling to uncover the traits that are your individual strengths and channel them into your personal speaking style.  This is not a debate class where we do research and present prepared speeches.  We will use lots of on-your-feet practice to explore what grabs and holds attention, techniques for crafting a message, relaxation, interviewing and more.                              

Class Instructor: Kate Brandt is a homeschool mom who spent 13 years as a trial lawyer, first as a prosecutor in the Navy JAG Corps then as a civil litigator with a large law firm in Chicago.                                                                                           

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

To register, or with questions, contact Kate at: kate7777@sbcglobal.net or (773) 935-9583.

 

Peace Within YOUth
9:30-10:30a
Peace Within YOUth is a chance to explore what it means to create peace inside and out.  Using yoga, meditation and self-reflection activities we experience what it’s is to ‘practice peace’.  Incorporating Non-Violent Communication practices, we learn how to safely communicate feelings and how to support the space for others to do the same.  We immerse ourselves in concepts such as gratitude, empathy as well as our natural emotions and feelings.  Stories from around the world that share ideas of peace, a group art project and discussion will be incorporated in each class. 

**If  you took this class last session feel free to sign up again, we will have new activities**        

Class Instructor: Yoli Maya Yeh is 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 geared toward ages: 5-10yrs.
Class cost: $60
Supply fee: $12
Drop-in fee: $10

To register, or with questions, contact Yoli at: kokypus@yahoo.com.

 

Lil’s Story and Art, PLUS Bubbles Club!
10:45-11:45am
Each week we will read a story together and then do a related art project or activity. Some projects will focus on the illustrator’s technique; other projects will focus on a theme or character from the story. We will use a variety of materials to paint, draw, cut, paste, and have FUN! The last 15-20 minutes of class time will be devoted to bubbles!              

Class Instructor: Joanne Fortuna is a lifelong learner and homeschooling mother of two. She loves trying new things and spends most of her time with her daughters, as well as her nieces, nephews and any other children she accumulates along the way.            

Class geared toward ages: 3-6 years.
Class cost: $40 (includes $10 supply fee).
Supply fee: $10 (included in class cost).
Drop-in fee: $10

To register, or with questions, contact Joanne at: 773-386-3003 or birth-doula@live.com.

 

The History of Accidents
10:45-11:45a
This class will examine accidents. We will study a few well-documented and well-known accidents (the wreck of the Vasa, the Triangle Fire, the Titanic) in order to explore questions of responsibility, of faulty design versus human error, and of how what counts as an “Accident” varies in different places and times. We will look at how science creates new kinds of accidents as it precludes others, how accidents often reveal the nature of the society in which they occur, and how the presentation of an accident determines its response.

Class Instructor: My name is Ben Huizenga. I’m a bookseller for Half Price Books. I read a lot of history and enjoy talking about what I read. That’s my main prompt for teaching about accidents, because history often seems to be made of events that no one planned or intended.

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

To register, or with questions, contact Ben at: huizebe@earlham.edu.

 

Conceptual Physics – CLASS IS FULL (please check back next session)
10:45-11:45a
If you dropped a bowling ball and a feather off the side of your house at the exact same moment, which object would hit the ground first? Of course the bowling ball would, but why? Now, what if you moved your house to the Moon and repeated the same experiment. Would you get the same result? Why?

Conceptual Physics is an exploration into why everyday objects in the world around us behave the way they do. For example, why don’t airplanes, as heavy as they are, fall out of the sky like the bowling ball? Why don’t I float out of my seat straight into outer space? Why does light travel faster than sound? Each week we will explore a new theme – through readings, discussion and labs (virtual and real) – including: Kinematics, Motion, Fluids, Waves and Sound, and Electric and Magnetic Forces.

The goal of this course is to

–       provide students with a basic introduction to the laws and theories in Classical Physics which explain and predict the behavior of objects in their everyday lives;

–       This general understanding will allow the students to develop a richer and more meaningful relationship with the physical world around them;

–       And finally this new friendship will act as a catalyst for the student to engage in independent learning, inquiry and discovery in the sciences.

Class Instructor: This class is taught by Miriam de Castelnau, homeschooling mother to two pretty cool kids. She will be assisted by her trusty sidekick Julien (Panther), who absolutely adores math and science and who probably knows more about both than she does. This year Panther is studying for the AP Physics Exam and continues to study math at the high school level. He enjoys programming, Minecraft, Legos and collecting rare Hot Wheels cars. He is an active member of a math group in Chicago and is working to establish a discussion group for kids to talk about the relationship between science and math.        

Class geared toward ages: 12 years and up, or by instructor consent.
Class cost: $60
Supply fee: $15
Drop-in fee: $10
Prerequisites for this class: Since this class is only an hour, students must have the motivation to prepare for class, be prepared to get to work and stay focused, have the ability to work well in pairs or a team, participate in scientific discussions in a relevant and meaningful way, and keep class time chatting to a minimum. Additionally, students should be able to read middle school level science materials on their own, maintain a journal, and have a solid foundation in basic arithmetic (more advanced math skills are welcome).

To register, or with questions, contact Miriam at: Miriam@decastelnau.com or 630.621.8289. 

 

Printmaking
10:45-11:45a
Students will learn a variety of printmaking skills and techniques. We will be experimenting with vegetable prints, collage prints, found object prints and woodblock prints.

Class Instructor: Joyce Elias is an Evanston based artist. She has taught and continues to teach a variety of art classes within the homeschool community. Joyce is currently working on a new series of painted collages and wood constructions.

Class geared toward ages: 6 – 10 years.
Class cost: $75 includes supply fee.

To register, or with questions, contact Joyce at: krinklebein@aol.com or (c) 847-337-6212, (h) 847-475-7992.

 

Poetry Writing
10:45-11:45a
Poems are fun and easy to write because they are (mostly) short, have guidelines (form) and they let your imagination run wild! (imagery, metaphor, subject matter)
They are extremely useful tools when you need a polite way to remind your sibling that it is their turn to take out the garbage or to apologize to your neighbor about accidentally breaking their window while you were playing baseball in the back yard. We will read poems, we will write poems, we will take over the world with words!

Class Instructor: Amy Eaton writes memoir, lyrics, solo performance pieces and poetry. She holds a writing Minor from Ithaca College and has performed her work in venues throughout Chicago and Rochester, NY as well as having poems published in Stillwater and Napalm Health Spa. She has taught creative writing and poetry to kids over the last 25 years

Class geared toward ages: 9 years and up.
Class cost: $70/$120 for 2
Supply fee: $5 separate from class cost.
Drop-in fee: $12
Prerequisites for this class: Want to express yourself. Bring a writing implement, notebook and folder to keep work in. Decent spelling and grammer are helpful, but can always be taken care of later.


To register, or with questions, contact Amy at: amyceaton@gmail.com.

 

Peace Within YOUth
10:45-11:45a
Peace Within YOUth is a chance to explore what it means to create peace inside and out.  Using yoga, meditation and self-reflection activities we experience what it’s is to ‘practice peace’.  Incorporating Non-Violent Communication practices, we learn how to safely communicate feelings and how to support the space for others to do the same.  We immerse ourselves in concepts such as gratitude, empathy as well as our natural emotions and feelings.  Stories from around the world that share ideas of peace, a group art project and discussion will be incorporated in each class.

Class Instructor: Yoli Maya Yeh is 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 geared toward ages: 10-20 years.
Class cost: $60
Supply fee: $12 separate from class cost.
Drop-in fee: $10

To register, or with questions, contact Yoli at: kokypus@yahoo.com.

 

11:45-12:15p  **** LUNCH BREAK ****

 
DURING LUNCH BREAK:

Looking for math help? Stuck on a problem or concept? Julien would be happy to help!

He will be available, free of charge, during the lunch hour this session to answer your questions, clarify concepts and provide support with homework. Feel free to stop by his table in the main lobby and say hi.

Julien absolutely adores mathematics and loves sharing his knowledge with other people. Mathematics helps us establish the rules we use every day to build bridges, bake cookies, or measure the age of a tree and without these rules, we would have a pretty crazy understanding of the world around us.

 With questions, contact Miriam at: Miriam@decastelnau.com or 630.621.8289.

 

 

ALSO: Please note that each parent is encouraged to sign up to volunteer their time during just one lunch break of each session. We need adult supervision in the auditorium, community room, and outdoors. Each room must have an adult supervisor ‘on duty’ for children to enjoy these parts of the building. Please contact Amy to sign up for your lunch break duty: mommy@nakitababy.com. Thank You! Without your help our community would not run so smoothly!

 

 

Write Now Handwriting
12:15-1:15p
This class is geared to solidifying correct letter formation, while working on formation, placement, size, spacing, and accuracy of both CURSIVE and PRINT handwriting.  A child centered developmental approach to equip children with a solid foundation for handwriting success using the award winning Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and the Loops and other Groups: A Kinesthetic Writing System techniques are used to emphasize formation of PRINT or CURSIVE letters and numbers.  All students engage in fun hands-on sensory motor activities and games to solidify skills correct letter formation.

More information about “Handwriting Without Tears” can be found at www.HWTears.com & http://handwritingtutor.blogspot.com/.     

Class Instructor: Tiffany 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:6 years old and up.
Class cost: $70
Supply fee: $15 separate from class cost.
Drop-in fee: $10

To register, or with questions, contact Tiffany at: writenow.reid@gmail.com or 773.507.5076.

  

Riot Grrrlz!
12:15-1:15p
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.

THIS session, there is the potential of a street medic training course to happen for the girls. If this happens there will be a supply fee attached to the class cost.

Class Instructor: Mom of five Unschoolers: Ecclectic, Independant, Ethnocentric, Loud Mouth, Rambler, Emylee Licona.

Class geared towards ages: 9 to 14 years (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.
Class cost per student: $65 singular, $100 pair.
Supply fee: T.B.A. based on medic training agreement.
Drop in fee: $12

To register, or with questions, contact Emylee at: cosmicjustice@tocketmail.com or mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

 

Hands-On Engineering -CLASS IS FULL (please check back next session)
12:15-1:15p
Are you a hands on builder? Do you like solving problems? If so, then this class is for you.

Each week, the class will be given a building challenge (ie, construct a device that launches a ball two feet into the air). The students will then collaborate in teams to solve the challenge. The class will then rejoin for a friendly competition for each team to present their design.                                                      

This class will help reinforce a wide range of STEM skills, particularly those in geometry and physics.                                                                                                           

Class Instructor: Eloise de Castelnau is a 2nd year student at Truman Community College. She plans to pursue a degree in Soft Robotics, an emerging field in the Robotics industry (she would love to tell you all about it!). Aside from studying, Eloise loves classic literature, building stuff, painting, programming and Sherlock Holmes.

Class geared toward ages: 12 years and up or by instructor consent. Students must be mature, independent learners.
Class cost: $35
Supply fee: $15 separate from class cost.
Drop-in fee: $10
Prerequisites for this class: Students must be able to work in teams, stay focused and firmly believe failure is always an option.

To register, or with questions, contact Miriam at: Miriam@decastelnau.com     or 630.621.8289.

  

Beginning Doll Making
12:15-1:15p
I love making dolls – if you do too, or if you’d like to learn how…this class is for you! Together we will explore 6 techniques for making simple dolls, and read a story or hear a little about the culture that style of doll springs from. Each week, you will go home with a new doll that you made yourself, or the pieces and knowledge to finish it at home.

Class Instructor: Seana Huizenga spent most of her short life as a mourning dove, but is now human due to transmogrification incident. Certain birdlike atributes can still be detected…if you observe closely.

Class geared toward ages: 6 years and older.
Class cost: $60
Supply fee: $30 separate from the class cost.
Drop-in fee: $20 – and PLEASE contact me several days before so I can have more materials on hand.
Prerequisites for this class: Students should be confortable using scissors, needle and thread.

To register, or with questions, contact Seana at: huizebe@earlham.edu.

 


Electronic Gaming Club
12:15-1:15p

Bring your own laptop or any other gaming system. Play your favorites games or try out something new. Play by yourself or with others. This hour is all about playing – whatever you want to play, however you want to play it. We will provide some organized fun and competitions, but those will be completely voluntary.

Class Instructor: Martha Campbell – mother of Henry Kopp – will be in the room to do tech support (and keep the peace, if necessary)

Henry Kopp – video game aficionado – will be playing Minecraft, SimCity, and maybe some Steam games on the laptop. Has Nintendo 3DS with various games also, and is looking forward to sharing his passion with others.

Our goal is to promote a fun, laid-back hour for everyone to just play, improve their skills, or learn a new game. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!                                                                                                                         

Class geared toward ages: 7 to 13 years (flexible – just ask).
Class cost: $25
Drop in fee: $5 fee if class is not full or students are absent.
Prerequisites for this class: Bring any electronic device and games to play – computers, tablets, handhelds all welcome. 

To register, or with questions, contact Martha at: campbellkopp@gmail.com or 773-764-6302.

  

Fun & Games – CLASS IS FULL (please check back next session)
12:15-1:15p
Fun & Games is for kids age 3-6 (parents can drop off if child can participate without them, parents are welcome to stay and participate with a shy child 🙂  There will be games, music, singing, dancing, and lots of Fun!

Class Instructor: Nancy Machaj is a homeschooling mother of two. Self-taught enthusiast in many areas-entertaining children being just one. She also loves to cook and sew and read and watch movies and tv, spend time with family and friends, stretch herself creatively and take on new challenges.                            

Class geared toward ages: 3-6 years.
Class cost: $60
Drop-in fee: $10

To register, or with questions, contact Nancy at: nancymachaj@gmail.com.

 

Death and Essential Documents
12:15-1:15p

This will be a group-directed discussion about death. Also, the essential documents will be explored.                      

Class Instructor: Sandra, mom of two, artist, certified death midwife and much more.    

Class geared toward ages: Adults.
Class cost:$25

To register, or with questions, contact Sandra at: momofmiantonio@yahoo.com.

 

Toddler Handwriting Letter Adventures
1:30-2:30p

COME LEARN WITH ME! This class emphasizes letter formation using the award winning Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and multi-sensory strategies for 2 to 5 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.                                                                                          

Class Instructor: Tiffany 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 5 years.
Class cost: $70 per student.
Supply fee:  $15 separate from class cost.
Drop-in fee: $10

To register, or with questions, contact Tiffany at: writenow.reid@gmail.com or 773.507.5076.

  

¡Exploramos!             
1:30-2:30p
This Spanish immersion class will focus on building vocabulary and basic communication skills through songs, games, story books, and movement.                                                                                                                                                                                        

Class Instructor: Andrew Yearick has been teaching Spanish in Chicago for 8 years to kids from toddlers to adults, and has a degree in Education from Lock Haven University with concentrations in Spanish and German.  When not teaching Spanish, Andrew pursues an artistic career as a musician and actor.  He uses all of those skills in the classroom, and always enjoys his time with the kids.

Class geared toward ages: 3-7 years.
Class cost: $75 per student, $15 sibling discount
Drop-in fee: $15

To register, or with questions, contact Andrew at: andrew.yearick@gmail.com.

  

Ancient Histories’ Mysteries
1:30-2:30p
Let’s discover a few of the mysteries in the ancient world.  We’ll try to decide what was really going on with

  • a strange death during the ice age in Europe,
  • the death of a young king in Egypt,
  • the reported trickery of a wooden horse in Greece,
  • lines etched into the earth in South America,
  • the truth about a king and his round table, and
  •  the legends surrounding an island covered in stone heads. 

There will be some follow-up research in the form of  video documentaries to be viewed outside of our time together. 

Class Instructor: 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: 10+ years.
Class cost: $50 per student/$90 for two siblings.
Supply fee? $10 separate from class cost.
Drop-in fee: No fee but free trial applies only to first class of session.
Prerequisites for this class? No prerequisites but students should come willing to share their ideas.

To register, or with questions, contact Dawn at: dawnmthaley@gmail.com.

 

Art of Chain Maille II
1:30-2:30p
In this advanced class, we will review some basics and move on to learning some intermediate and advanced chain maille weaves. We will also explore differences in metals, wire gauges, aspect ratio, how rings are made, etc. We will learn some wire-working techniques along the way. Students can pick projects that they would like help to learn to complete or do projects provided by the instructor.

(*Please note – both Chain Maille classes are going to have a mix of beginners and more experienced students. If you are interested in making chain maille jewelry or armor and/or learning more about wireworking, feel free to sign up for either (or both!) time slots. A little chaos and a lot of learning – please join us!)

Class Instructor: Martha Campbell – I’ve been interested in chain maille for years and have taken classes from many of the best maillers in the country. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and passion.                                       

Class geared toward ages: 10 years to adult with relevant experience.
Class cost: $50 per student. Please Note: You are welcome to come in during Chain Maille I for additional time to work on your projects for an additional $15. There is plenty of room for all.
Supply fee: TBD – You can choose to bring your own projects and supplies and pay a $15 miscellaneous parts fee, or you can do projects I plan and run a tab for the parts. Please discuss any questions or concerns you have. I do not intend to make profit on supplies.
Prerequisites for this class:  Chain Maille I or equivalent and instructor permission.

To register, or with questions, contact Martha at: Martha Campbell: campbellkopp@gmail.com or 773-764-6302.

 

Knitting 101 and Christmas Knitting #2
1:30-2:30p

This is a knitting class designed for the beginning knitter.  We will learn how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, increase, and decrease.

Offered at the same time will be a space to work on independent knitting projects.  Bring your yarn, needles, patterns, and creativity and make some great gifts for your family and friends.  Denyse will be present to help with any bumps that might occur along the way. 

Class Instructor: Denyse Ffrench -I knit a lot and have been teaching knitting at AJCW since last year.                                                                                                        

Class geared toward ages: 9+ years.
Class cost for Knitting 101: $60
Supply fee? Additional supply fee of $15.  If student wished to purchase his/her own needles and skein of yarn the supply fee is waived.  Towards the end of class the student will be asked to buy his/her own special project yarn for our final project.

Class cost for Christmas Knitting #2: $30
Drop-in fee: $6

To register, or with questions, contact Denyse at: denyseffrench@sbcglobal.net (PayPal available).

  

Beginning Guitar Class
1:30-2:30p
In this class students will learn how to play guitar, with a focus on single-note melody songs, chords, and basic right and left hand technique. Students will learn a variety of styles of music, and will learn to play using both a pick and the right hand fingers to pluck the strings. No prior experience or note-reading is needed. An acoustic guitar is recommended but not required.                           

Class Instructor: Brian Riggs is a guitarist and guitar teacher living in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. I have been teaching full-time for over 5 years and have seen my students reach many of their musical goals. To see some of my performance and instructional videos, you can visit www.facebook.com/brianriggsguitar.

Class geared toward ages: 8-12 years old.
Class cost: $60
Drop-in fee: $10

To register, or with questions, contact Brian at: brianlriggs@gmail.com or call/text is (773)954-7893

 

Hands-On-Science Club
2:45-3:45p
Inspired by Pop Bottle Science, 79 Amazing Experiments and Science Projects by Lynn Brunelle, Amy and son are leading a hands-on, experiential science class all about fun! Each week will involve students in one to two hands-on science they are sure to have a blast with!

Class Instructor: Amy Jarjusey, homeschooling mom of four and inspired by her kids to teach just about anything they are passionate about, along with her trusty co-teacher, and son, Shea who loves to get involved with the ‘how-to’s’ of just about anything.

Class geared toward ages: 4-7 years.
Class cost: $40
Supply fee: $20 separate from class cost.

To register, or with questions, contact Amy at: mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

Hands-On Engineering (7-10 yrs.)
2:45-3:45p   
Are you a hands on builder? Do you like solving problems? If so, then this class is for you.

Each week, the class will be given a building challenge (ie, construct a device that launches a ball two feet into the air). The students will then collaborate in teams to solve the challenge. The class will then rejoin for a friendly competition for each team to present their design.                                                        

This class will help reinforce a wide range of STEM skills, particularly those in geometry and physics.                                                                                                                       

Class Instructor: Eloise de Castelnau is a 2nd year student at Truman Community College. She plans to pursue a degree in Soft Robotics, an emerging field in the Robotics industry (she would love to tell you all about it!). Aside from studying, Eloise loves classic literature, building stuff, painting, programming and Sherlock Holmes.               

Class geared toward ages: 7-10 yrs.
Class cost: $35
Supply fee: $15
Drop-in fee: $10
Prerequisites for this class: Students must be able to work in teams, stay focused and firmly believe failure is always an option.

To register, or with questions, contact Miriam at: Miriam@decastelnau.com or 630.621.8289

  

Chess Club –     CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
2:45-3:45p
The club is intended for students that are familiar with the basic rules of game and will focus on developing student’s chess skills. The instructors will help strengthening the players understanding of the game and will practice the use of various strategies during the different stages of the chess game: openings, mid-game development and end-game. The class will include a mini tournament with prizes.  For those interested in extra practice, the instructors will provide recommendations for guide books and online websites.

Class Instructors: Tom Bareket – a chess master to-be, learning chess for ~2 years with a teacher @ home; playing competitive chess for a year+, USCF rated ~1500. Enjoy listening to online chess lectures, solving chess puzzles and developing tactics. Also loves reading horror and science fiction literature, playing video games and some old-fashioned sports like swimming, soccer and basketball. 

Adam Bareket – an advanced chess player, learning chess for ~2 years with a teacher @ home, playing competitive chess for a year+, USCF rated ~1400. Love winning, not so much losing. Reading fantasy novels and comics; play and watch basketball and soccer.    

Class geared toward ages: 6-14 years.
Class cost: Supply fee ONLY. Free trial of first class ONLY.
Supply fee: $25
Prerequisites for this class: Basic knowledge of chess rules.

To register, or with questions contact Tom at: tombareket@gmail.com or 773-557-9387.

 

Art of Chain Maille I – Beginning Course
2:45-3:45p
Come learn how to weave metal rings together to make chain maille. Chain maille has gone from being used to clothe and protect King Arthur’s knights to being used to create some of the most beautiful 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 – and then we will be making and creating a variety of jewelry pieces using copper, brass, aluminum, and rubber rings. We will learn at least six different weaves, and students will have a very solid foundation for continuing on his/her own or moving on to more advanced classes.

If you want some ideas of what chain maille is all about: http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/b3/projects

(*Please note – both Chain Maille classes are going to have a mix of beginners and more experienced students. If you are interested in making chain maille jewelry or armor and/or learning more about wireworking, feel free to sign up for either (or both!) time slots. A little chaos and a lot of learning – please join us!)

Class Instructor: Martha Campbell – I’ve been interested in chain maille for years and have taken classes from many of the best chainmaillers in the country. I would be delighted to teach you what I know and help you learn to create whatever you wish to weave with small metal rings.                                                                                                                                                                                     

Class geared toward ages: 9 years to adult.
Class cost: $50
Supply fee:  $45 separate from class cost.
Prerequisites for this class: Good fine motor skills. Patience.
*Please Note- Equipment needed: the only equipment needed for chainmailling are two pairs of non-serrated jewelry pliers. I have a few sets I can lend, but not enough for a whole class. I recommend getting two pairs of flatnose or one flatnose and one chainnose.

Having the correct pliers makes all the difference. I can acquire two pairs for you for $20 total if you talk to me about it. If you will not have pliers, please let me know ASAP.

To register, or with questions, contact Martha at: campbellkopp@gmail.com  or 773-764-6302.

 

 

Mystical Doings
2:45-3:45p
Future fortunes and fun! Prepare to laugh and enjoy yourself. Touch the past and present, it’s up to you to see the future with help. With Tarot Cards, Ouija boards, reading tea leaves, palm reading and crystal balls, come ready to explore open minds and hearts.

Class Instructor: Homeschool student Lluvia is looking to share her experiences and have a great time.

Class geared toward ages: 9-13 years, depending on interest.
Class cost: $35.
Supply fee: $15

To register, or with questions, contact Emylee at: cosmicjustice@tocketmail.com or mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

Friendships 101
2:45-3:45p        
This class will explore healthy ways to build friendships through journaling, role-playing, cooperative games and crafts. Topics discussed will include resolving disagreements, setting boundaries, being true to yourself, ways to make new friends, trust and gossip. 

Class Instructors: Evelyn, 10, and Mia, almost 12, are friends learning through their ups and downs to build an open and respectful friendship. They have been friends for almost three years and really like knowing that they can work things out with each other in a respectful and mindful manner.                                                                                                                                                                     

Class geared toward ages: 9 years to 13 years.
Class cost: $30
Supply fee: $15 separate from the class cost.
Drop-in fee: $10

To register, or with questions, contact Sandra (Mia’s mom) at: momofmiantonio@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

ROOM   1

ROOM   2

ROOM   3

COMMUNITY   RM.

LIBRARY

AUDITORIUM

9:30a- 10:30a

 

TRAIN CLUB

3-6 YRS.

LEARN TO PLAY MAGIC THE GATHERING

8+ YRS

 

SCIENCE OF HEARING

8+ YRS.

HANDMADE BOOKS

10+ YRS

 

FINDING YOUR VOICE

12+ YRS.

PEACE WITHIN YOUth

5-10 YRS.

10:45a – 11:45a

LIL’S STORY AND ART PLUS BUBBLES CLUB!

3-6 YRS.

 

THE HISTORY OF ACCIDENTS

10+ YRS.

 

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS

12+ YRS.

PRINTMAKING

6-10 YRS.

POETRY WRITING

11+ YRS.

 

PEACE WITHIN YOUth

10-20 YRS.

11:45a – 12:15p

LUNCH BREAK – ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH BREAK – ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH BREAK –

ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH BREAK – ROOM OPEN *WITH   ADULT SUPERVISION*

 

LUNCH BREAK – MATH ASSISTANCE BY JULIEN

LUNCH BREAK – *ROOM OPEN WITH   ADULT SUPERVISION*

12:15p – 1:15p

WRITE NOW HANDWRITING

6+ YRS.

 

RIOT GRRRLZ

8-13 YRS.

 

HANDS ON ENGINEERING

12+ YRS.

BEGINNING DOLL MAKING

6+ YRS.

 

ELECTRONIC GAMING CLUB

7-13 YRS.

 

FUN & GAMES

3-6 YRS.

 

DEATH AND ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTS

ADULTS
  (meets upstairs of auditorium)

1:30p – 2:30p

TODDLER HANDWRITTING LETTER ADVENTURES

2-5 YRS.

 

¡EXPLORAMOS!

3-7 YRS.

ANCIENT HISTORIES’ MYSTERIES

10+YRS.

 

ART OF CHAIN MAILLE II

10+ YRS.

KNITTING 101/ CHRISTMAS KNITTING

9+ YRS.

 

BEGINNING GUITAR CLASS

8-12 YRS.

2:45p – 3:45p

HANDS-ON-SCIENCE CLUB

4-7 YRS.

 

HANDS-ON ENGINEERING

7-10 YRS.

 

CHESS CLUB

6-14 YRS.

ART OF CHAIN MAILLE I

9+ YRS.

 

MYSTICAL DOINGS

9-13 YRS.

FRIENDSHIPS 101

9-13 YRS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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