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AJCW Spring 2014

AJCW SPRING SESSION – APRIL 3RD THROUGH MAY 8TH

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.

AJCW SPRING

 Thanks much and see you at AJCW soon!

 

 

ROOM 1

ROOM 2

ROOM 3

COMMUNITY ROOM

LIBRARY

AUDITORIUM

 

9:45a – 10:45a

 

TRAIN CLUB

(2-6 YRS.)

 

ART ADVENTURES

(5-8 YRS.)

 

 

COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM   SOLVING THROUGH PUZZLES

(10+ YRS.)

 

 

LEARNING THE FLOW ART OF POI

(10-18 YRS.)

 

 

YOUR 3RD  COMPUTER PROGRAM
  (10+ YRS.)

 

 

ROCK BAND CLASS

(5-11 YRS.)

 

10:55a – 11:55a

 

HANDWRITING LETTER   ADVENTURES
  (2-6 YRS.)

 

 

PRACTICAL PUBLIC SPEAKING

(10+ YRS.)

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING

(9+ YRS.)

 

 

FIVE CALDLERS IN FIVE WEEKS

(9+ YRS.)

 

 

HOW TO WATCH A MOVIE

(10+ YRS.)

 

BELLY DANCING

(GIRLS/WOMEN

9 YRS. – ADULT)

 

 

11:55a – 12:30p

 

LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED

 

 

LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED

 

LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED

 

LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED

 

LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED

 

LUNCH BREAK- ROOM CLOSED

 

12:30p – 1:30p

 

SCIENCE BODIES

(6-9 YRS.)

 

 

TODAY’S NEWS & YOUR   WORLD

(10+ YRS.)

 

INFAMOUS TRIALS

(11+ YRS.)

 

 

TRIPLE-H

(9+ YRS.)

 

THE ELECTRONIC GAMING CLUB

(7-13 YRS.)

 

 

FUN & GAMES

(3-7 YRS.)

 

1:40p – 2:40p

 

¡ EXPLORAMS!

(3-7 YRS.)

 

 

LEGO BIONICLE CREATORS

(5-8 YRS.)

 

 

PREALGEBRA

(MATH ABILITY MATTER MORE   THAN AGE)

 

 

FESTIVALS OF THE WORLD –LET’S   PARTY!

(4-9 YRS.)

 

 

ART OF CHAINMAILLE

(9+ YRS.)

 

INTRODUCTION TO PARKOUR

(8 YRS. – ADULT)

 

 

***NEW!!!*** PARENT’S SUPPORT MEETINGS!
Parent’s Support Meetings will be offered this session from 9:45am -10:45am in the conference room upstairs! This is an adult-only meeting (nursing infants welcome) to discuss important homeschool and parenting topics. April 3 – New to Homeschooling, How to Get Started; April 10 – Community Resources; April 17 – Family Mission Statement; April 24 – Homeschooling Young Children; May 1 – Homeschooling Through the Teen Years; May 8 – Family Harmony
For more info about these meetings contact Juli Walter:
juliwalter.billings@gmail.com or Nancy Machaj: nancymachaj@gmail.com.  


TRAIN CLUB
9:45AM -10:45AM
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!                                                               

Instructor Information: 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 on down – (under 3 years with a parent).
Class cost per student: $50; $80 for siblings.
Drop in fee: $10.
Questions? Register with Seana: huizebe@earlham.edu.


ART ADVENTURES
9:45AM – 10:45AM
Are you ready for some more art adventures? Dahlia is excited to share her passion for crafting with young ones in the homeschool community. You may know her now by her incredible crafty clay miniatures (classes, clubs, Etsy shop and Facebook page), but now she is expanding her passion for art and her generous sole with your wee-ones. Each week she will guide little ones through one or two take home projects. Fun, creative, messy and enjoyable. Come on out for some real art adventure! Class is limited to 10 (maximum) artists.

Instructor Information: Dahila Jarjusey is an unschooled tween who is an avid artist, creator and crafter, eager to share the passion with your young enthusiasts.

Class geared toward ages: 5-8 year olds.
Class cost per student: $60 (includes supply fee).
Drop-in fee: $10, *only* if the class is not at full capacity. Check in with instructor prior to drop-in is *required.
Questions? Register with Amy: mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING THROUGH PUZZLES
9:45AM – 10:45AM
Given a map of the US, how many colors do you need to color it so that no bordering states share a color?

Puzzles like this one are a fun way to explore your ability to reason logically about a problem in a free-form and creative way. They create situations where the most important question isn’t “Did I get the right answer?” but rather, “Is this a good way to think about this?” Every week, we will explore a new puzzle. Students are encouraged to work together to develop and check each other’s ideas. We will learn about conjecturing, contradiction, examples and counter-examples, and we will develop the notion of proof. New problems naturally arise whenever you work through a challenging problem. We will take these new problems on as they come. Unlike a regular class, there are no answers at the back of the book, and whatever questions we can’t answer will left for the students to think about after the session ends.

Instructor Information: Michael Maloney is a former software developer with an interest in pure mathematics. He is the host of Math Office Hours, a biweekly meetup group hosted at Pumping Station One, a makerspace in Chicago. His dream is live in a world where people aren’t afraid of math.                                                                                                                                                                                              

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: None. However, students will need to bring notebooks (with plenty of paper) and pens and/or pencils for class.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable with arithmetic. Most importantly, students must be willing to participate and share their ideas.
Questions? Register with Michael: maloneymr@gmail.com.

 

 

LEARNING THE FLOW ART OF POI
9:45AM – 10:45AM
In this laidback, fun class about poi, we will be learning a brief history of poi, and be making our own sock poi. We’ll be learning basic tricks such as Butterfly, 3 beat weave, and simple stalls. The definition of poi is: “swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns.” Poi is typically done to music of all sorts. 

Instructor Information: I’m Liam Bradley and I’ve been doing poi since I was 8 years old, so 5 years now. And I would love to spread my knowledge of this wonderful flow art with the AJCW community.                                       

Class geared toward ages: 10 – 18 years of age.
Class cost per student: $35; $55 sibling price.
Supply fee: $5 supply fee included.
Drop-in fee: 1 time drop in is free.
Prerequisites: Be prepared to listen to music and jam. If you’d like to play some of your own music, bring an iPod or mp3 player.
Questions? Register with Liam: incenselama@gmail.com.

 

YOUR 3RD COMPUTER PROGRAM – ** CLASS IS FULL** (Please check back in the fall for another opportunity to join in. Thank you!)
9:45AM – 10:45AM
This is again a continuation of the last session. We will build on the concepts we’ve developed so far and continue developing the Pong video game we’ve been working on. More ideas and lessons along the lines of Design Patterns, Object Oriented Programming and basic concurrent programming concepts will be developed (or at least introduced). NOTE: Class is limited to 8 student maximum. 

Instructor Information: I have been a professional software craftsman for 13 years, starting out writing applications in the Java programming language, and switching 5 years ago to Ruby. I’ve worked in the financial industry, as well as retail and media. For the last 2-and-a-half years, I’ve owned my own company and have had such clients as Sears Holdings and (at present) The Walt Disney Company. I have a passion for writing beautiful code and learning new languages. My children are Ethan, Annika, Jonas and Bek and with my wife Andrea, we are all life-long learners.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.     
Class cost per student: $55.
Supply fee: None, but students are expected to bring their own laptop.
Drop-in fee: 1-time free drop-in.
Prerequisites: Students would be expected to know some Ruby and have some knowledge of Object Oriented Programming – topics that have been developed in previous sessions. Continuing students will be well-prepared.
Questions? Register with David: david.oliver@codehabit.net
 

 

ROCK BAND CLASS
9:45AM – 10:45AM
Students are encouraged to experiment with the different instruments comprised in rock band classes including guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals. As students learn the basic components of music making in a group setting, they also gain skills valuable outside of the rock and roll classroom such as listening and team playing. No instrument purchase necessary. All experience levels welcome. Check out the Everybody Rocks website http://www.everybodyrocks.net for more about our classes. 

Instructor Information: Nathan Dillon is a teaching artist who works with students from six months of age to over seventy years old. He began Everybody Rocks in 2005 after working at the Bank Street School in New York. Everybody Rocks is committed to bringing organic learning practices to music education with a focus on group play, listening skills, and teamwork. Learn more at www.EverybodyRocks.net. He currently teaches pre-school music and science classes at Sprouts Academy in Chicago, adult guitar classes at Sherwood Community School at Columbia College, guitar classes and Wiggleworms classes at Old Town School of Folk Music as well as many rock band classes through his company, Everybody Rocks. He also is a father of two and is looking to learn more about homeschooling!       

Class geared toward ages: 5-11 years.
Class cost per student: $84. $20 for siblings (total).
Drop-in fee: 1-time free.
Questions? Register with Nathan:  312-576-1126; Nathan@EverybodyRocks.net.

 

 

***NEW!!!*** PARENT’S SUPPORT MEETINGS!
Parent’s Support Meetings will be offered this session from 9:45am -10:45am in the conference room upstairs! This is an adult-only meeting (nursing infants welcome) to discuss important homeschool and parenting topics. April 3 – New to Homeschooling, How to Get Started; April 10 – Community Resources; April 17 – Family Mission Statement; April 24 – Homeschooling Young Children; May 1 – Homeschooling Through the Teen Years; May 8 – Family Harmony
For more info about these meetings contact Juli Walter:
juliwalter.billings@gmail.com or Nancy Machaj: nancymachaj@gmail.com.  

 

 

HANDWRITING LETTER ADVENTURES
10:55AM – 11:55AM
*NOTE: This is a five week class (NO CLASS ON 4/10/14).
COME LEARN WITH ME! This class emphasizes letter formation using the award winning Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and multi-sensory strategies for 2 to 6 year olds. This curriculum uses a child centered developmental approach to equip children with a solid foundation for handwriting success. The class emphasizes color and shape recognition, fine motor skill development, and spatial awareness. Students engage in fun hands-on sensory motor activities to solidify letter formation without using a pencil. Music, movement, and sensory experiences are used to boost memory of the skills learned. Mat Man is used to teach the students body and shape awareness.  Students’ work on coloring and drawing the pre writing strokes required for the confidence to write uppercase letters. Fine motor activities such as proper scissor use are taught to strengthen manipulation of writing utensil while improving pencil/crayon control. More information about “Handwriting Without Tears’ Get Set for School program” can be found at ww.HWTears.com.                   

Instructor Information: 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 years to 6 years old.         
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $15.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Questions? Register with Tiffany: writenow.reid@gmail.com; 773.507.5076.

 

 

PRACTICAL PUBLIC SPEAKING
10:55AM – 11:55AM
For Newcomers and/or Returning Students – In our last session we said our ABC’s with pizazz, read some funky Dr. Seuss out loud, identified unknown objects and got comfortable speaking in smaller groups.  The next session is for both newcomers and returning students who want to have fun while learning the basics of public speaking. Having fun while learning and practicing public speaking skills is the key to making someone, who might be uncomfortable with public speaking, a good (or great) speaker. Practice your skills in a safe environment where you can explore your “inner speaker”. Learn tips and tricks that will boost your confidence, make you feel more comfortable, organize a speech and communicate your message.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Instructor Information: Prior to homeschooling 4 children, Kim Moseid was a sales director and marketing manager at a global logistics company and had to give frequent presentations and speeches to both large and small groups. I have always wanted to share my pubic speaking experience and help others feel more at ease when speaking in public.

Class geared toward ages:  10 years and up.
Class cost per student: $50 per student for newcomers, $40 for returning students.
Supply fee? $5 per student.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Questions? Register with Kim: moseid6@gmail.com or cell 312.576.4643.

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING
10:55AM – 11:55AM
We will tackle poetry, monologue, playwriting, memoir, and short story according to the creative whims of participants. We will write and we will share work and at the end of the class will have a short zine to share with folks! Pen, paper, imagination, good supportive listening and critiquing skills, and a leap of faith required. 

Instructor Information: (Tell prospective students/their parents a little about yourself) (This WILL be published with your class description):            Amy thinks writing sometimes feels like pulling teeth, but unlike pulling teeth, she doesn’t feel so sore and swollen afterward. She has performed original solo work in Chicago (Write Club, Honor thy Mother, Rhinofest, 11Minutes Max!) and Ithaca, NY and has been published in in Stillwater and Napalm Health Spa.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Class geared toward ages:  10 years and up (younger with permission only). Spelling and grammar not a big deal, willingness to try and maybe even fail a must.
Class cost per student: $70, $100 pair.
Supply fee: $5 separate fee.
Drop-in fee: $12.
Questions? Register with Amy: amyceaton@gmail.com.

 

 

FIVE CALDLERS IN FIVE WEEKS
10:55AM – 11:55AM
*NOTE: This is a five week class. (No class May 8th.)
Alexander Calder was a very versatile artist. He worked in a variety of mediums.  The first session will begin with a brief overview of Calder’s life and art work. Each week we will view examples of his art. Students will then create their own works of art based on his style. Week#1: painting / Week#2: wire jewelry / Week#3: toys. Week#4: mobiles /   Week#5: circus figures and animals.

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

Class geared toward ages:  9+ years.
Class cost per student: $70 (supplies included).
No drop-ins for this class.
Questions? Register with Joyce: krinklebein@aol.com, 847-337-6212.

 

HOW TO WATCH A MOVIE
10:55AM – 11:55AM
From silent comedy to modern effects blockbusters, we’re going to put movies under the microscope and figure out how they work, why they work, and what that can tell you about the world. We’ll cover some of the history of movies, some of the production challenges involved in making movies, and you can bet we’ll be watching lots of clips of movies. Plenty of movie trivia and anecdotes available at no extra charge.

Instructor Information: My name is Ben Huizenga, and I’m a bookseller at Half Price Books. According to my old Netflix queue, I’ve watched about 3,200 movies. Which seems like a lot. Enough to have formed a few ideas about them, anyway. I like reading about movies, too, especially Pauline Kael and William Goldman. My favorite movie is The Sting, 1973, Paul Newman and Robert Redford, George Roy Hill directing.              

Class geared toward ages: 10 years and up.         
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Questions? Register with Ben: huizebe@earlham.edu.

 

 

BELLY DANCING
10:55AM – 11:55AM
In this class we will have fun with the beautiful and energetic movements found in classical Egyptian belly dance.  Students should have a desire to move and have fun. Students will learn about different styles of belly dance, a little dance history, and a basic technique and movement vocabulary that can be added to and combined as students’ progress.  Every class begins with a good warm up and stretch.  This class is suitable for all bodies, and all levels of movement ability.  Come join us- shimmying keeps you warm!

Instructor Information: Lori Upchurch began studying belly dance way back in the last millenium.   Belly dancing keeps her happy and more flexible, both physically and mentally. She is looking forward to sharing her love of this beautiful dance form with you.  

Class geared toward ages:  8+ years, girls and women.  
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $15.
Prerequisites: None. Students should come ready and willing to move.  Wear clothing that allows for freedom of movement, and dress in layers, because you will get warm.  Barefoot is best, bring water to class.  
Questions? Register with Lori:
teamupchurch@gmail.com.

 

LUNCH BREAK * ALL CLASSROOMS CLOSED* – 11:55AM -12:30PM

 

SCIENCE BODIES
12:30PM – 1:30PM
Ever wonder about what’s inside besides sugar and spice and puppy dog tails? This program is geared toward, and open to, little ones who are willing to travel on the inside. We will go deep down and learn about our bodies and organs. There will be time set aside for hands-on understanding activities. Please bring your curiosity and eagerness.

Instructor Information: Emylee is co-organizer of Puertas Abiertas unschooling deschoolin familia. She guides, and is guided by, five miracles whom have educated her more in life skills and common sense than any boxed/new and improved University ever could. Lifestyles which are all works in progressive motion. Life is being lived with humor. Loud mouth ambition, realist, feminist, independent. Loves to converse in art history and politics, with splashes of junk!

Class is geared toward ages: 6-9 years.
Class cost: $85. ($140 for a pair.)
Supply fee: $30 (included in price).
Drop-in: $15.
Questions? Register with Emylee or Amy: (Emylee) 773-787-9760, (Amy) mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

TODAY’S NEWS & YOUR WORLD
12:30PM – 1:30PM
News reports should make us think, and expand our horizons. News should teach us about the world around us, and help us find our place in it. What news we choose to digest creates our reality and opinion of the world we live in. We will learn about different sources of news, and how to determine what information is important to them. We will learn to communicate with others about news stories. We will also have the opportunity to share our opinions on topics presented in a respectful, open environment. In doing so, we will practice skills in research, and public speaking. We gain confidence by sharing our opinions and ideas. In the end, we will learn how use news to become more informed participants in our world. This class is conversational and largely based on discussion. Learning is most retained when it is taught to others. Each of us will get the chance to teach and learn for each other very week! There will be little censorship (if any) on news subjects covered in this class. If it is important to the kids, then we want to hear about it and discuss it. We will have the kids agree on the ground rules of what is appropriate on the first day of class, and in doing so I hope to allow the freedom to share, as well as the comfort of all participants. Please email me with any questions regarding content.

Instructor Information: This class is being facilitated by Jen Kafizov, former preschool teacher and homeschool mom of 2. I have always always loved current events, and public speaking. I enjoy a good conversation, with respect for diversity of thought. I believe we all learn best when we really listen to the ideas and opinions of others. Nothing is more exciting than watching kids learn, and I am excited to share my enthusiasm for current events, and being knowledgeable about the world around us.

Class geared toward ages: suggested 10 years and up.          
Class cost per student: $30 per student.
Drop-in fee: Drop-ins only as space allows. Please email me about availability.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to read/watch and research news articles. Students must be able/willing to share their article or story with the class. Worksheets will be provided as a guide to present with.
Questions? Register with Jen: tikistanford@yahoo.com.

 

INFAMOUS TRIALS
12:30PM – 1:30PM
Each week we’ll explore an infamous trial in American history, from the Salem witch trials to the 1919 “Black Sox” World Series-fixing scandal to the Rosenbergs’ espionage trial.  We’ll read some background on each trial before class.  In class we’ll discuss some of the legal issues and historical context of the trial.  Then we’ll do our own mock trial (or part of a trial), examining witnesses or making opening statements or closing arguments or arguing motions.  Put your stamp on the past and maybe even rewrite history! 

Instructor Information: Kate Brandt is a homeschool mom of two.  She is a trial lawyer who served as a prosecutor in the Navy JAG Corps in San Francisco and Japan, then became a litigator at a big law firm.  She finds AJCW far more rewarding than the latter.          

Class geared toward ages:  11 years and up.     
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $10, included in $60 cost per student.
Drop-in fee: $10 per class with advance notice so we have enough materials.
Prerequisites: Strong reading skills recommended.         
Questions? Register with Kate: kate7777@sbcglobal.net or (773) 935-9583.
 

 

TRIPLE-H
12:30PM – 1:30PM
H
omeschoolers Hobbies Heightened (or Triple-H) is continuing on again this session! We had such a blast learning new crafts, hobbies and interests, it was unanimous to continue onward! Triple-H is a class designed to allow homeschooled tweens and teens to take the reins in organizing and leading their own one day workshop for their peers on a favorite topic, hobby, skill or other. Participants must register to partake in the six weeks, but participants may also be inspired to run a workshop of their own in the near future! This class will continue on through May (if the interest is high enough) and so there are plenty of opportunities to lead a workshop of personal interest! The perfect opportunity to try out a teaching gig without the full six week commitment!

Our past two sessions we thoroughly enjoyed learning about duct tape crafting, polymer clay miniatures, sushi making, rainbow looms, felting, rubber stamp making, magic tricks, paracord bracelets and much more! We look forward to a slew of new topics in the six weeks to come! Registration is required to participate, however only a supply fee will be collected to help student-teachers cover their material costs. You do not have to teach to participate in the classes! Any and all participants are welcome to partake in the fun workshops!

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

Class geared toward ages: 9 years and older.
Class cost per student: Supply fee only.
Supply fee: $30.
Drop-in fee: $10, *only* if the class is not at full capacity. Check in with instructor prior to drop-in is *required.
Questions? Register with Amy: mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

ELECTRONIC GAMING CLUB
12:30PM – 1:30PM
Bring your laptop, your tablet, your handheld, your phone, or any other gaming system you have. Minecraft dominates the scene but is not the only game going. Play your favorites games or try out something new. Play by yourself or with others. This hour is all about having fun in the electronic age – whatever you want to play, however you want to play it. Please let us know if you’d like to join us – we need to cap the enrollment to ensure everyone’s enjoyment.         

Instructor Information: Henry Kopp – video game aficionado – will be playing Minecraft, SimCity, and maybe some Steam games. He has a Nintendo 3DS with various games also. Henry is looking forward to sharing his passion for gaming with others. Martha Campbell – mother of Henry – will be hanging out doing some chain maille and listening in. Our goal is to promote a fun, laid-back hour for everyone to just play, improve their skills, or learn a new game.          

Class geared toward ages: 7 to 13 years old – ages are flexible.  
Class cost per student: $25 per student.
Drop-in fee: $5.
Questions? Register with Martha: campbellkopp@gmail.com or 773-764-6302.

 

FUN & GAMES
12:30PM – 1:30PM
Fun & Games is for kids age 3-7 (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! The class is designed to promote coordination and  cooperation, with the focus on large muscles movements and gross motor skills. Plus balloons!            

Instructor Information: Nancy Machaj-homeschooling mother of two. Self taught enthusiast in many areas-entertaining children being just one.                                               

Class geared toward ages: 3-7 years.
Class cost per student: $60, sibling discount available.
Supply fee: $5 per child.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Questions? Register with Nancy: nancymachaj@gmail.com.

 

¡ EXPLORAMS!
1:40PM – 2:40PM
This Spanish immersion class will focus on building vocabulary and basic communication skills through songs, games, and movement, with an occasional written component. 

Instructor Information: Andrew Yearick has been teaching Spanish in the city 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 per student: $75, $15 sibling discount.
Drop-in fee: $15.
Prerequisites: None.     
Questions? Register with Andrew: andrew.yearick@gmail.com.

 

 

LEGO BIONICLE CREATORS
1:40PM – 2:40PM
The Creators will be back for a take three, but this time…. kicking it up a notch!!! Betchya never experienced the true world of Lego Bionicles?! Hero Factory took over with a just not-so-comparable duplicate of the ever-so-amazing Bionicles! This session we will explore the world of bionicles, exploring a different bionicle form each week: Matoran, Rahi, Toa, Quanta Toa, Makuta, and the Titan all come to life with our new creations. Projects will be directed and assisted by the Lego Bionicle leader (Kaidin). At the end of class, pictures will be captured of the amazing builds and then projects dismantled and left in the bionicle supply for the following week. Bionicles are provided each week and there will be no take home projects. (Building and dismantling happen within class. And please do not bring personal bionicles (or Hero Factory) to class.) Class is limited to 10 (maximum) Lego creators.

Instructor Information: Kaidin Jarjusey is an unschooled tween who is an avid Lego and Bionicle creator himself. He wants to share is love and passion for Lego Bionicle creating with your young enthusiasts.

Class geared toward ages: 5-8 year olds.
Class cost per student: $50 (includes supply fee).
Drop-in fee: $10, *only* if the class is not at full capacity. Check in with instructor prior to drop-in is *required.
Questions? Register with Amy:
mommy@nakitababy.com.   

 

 

PREALGEBRA
1:40PM – 2:40PM
This class will help prepare students to make the transition from arithmetic to prealgebra/algebra by building a solid foundation of skills in the following areas: fractions, decimals/percents, exponents/square roots, variables, equations/inequalities. In this class we will take our time and cover each subject in great detail. We will de-emphasize rote memorization of facts and rules and instead encourage justification of responses based on mathematical reasoning. One hour per week is not enough to fully master these topics! Problem sets will be sent home each week, and, while voluntary, students are strongly encouraged to complete them in order to get the most out of the class.    

Instructor Information: Julien is a dedicated hard-working student with a passion for mathematics and computer science, especially the formal art of proof writing, set theory, logic, and the mathematical markup language LaTeX. He is also very interested in physical science, including geology, physics and astronomy. 

Class geared toward ages: Anyone who has mastered basic arithmetic and is motivated to begin prealgebra.    
Class cost per student: $45.
Supply fee: $5.
Drop-in fee: No charge, but drop-ins on the first day only.
Prerequisites: A solid understanding of basic arithmetic.              
Questions? Register with Julien: Tripod320@gmail.com

 

 

FESTIVALS OF THE WORLD – LET’S PARTY!
1:40PM – 2:40PM
Let’s Party!  In each class we will explore a favorite annual festival in a culture of the world.  There is always a story to be told, a dance to be danced and a yummy food to be eaten.  Through the various colors and crafts each class will be submersed in a sensory experience and an excursion into cultural tradition of the world.  Participants can expect:  storytelling, dancing, costumes, arts and crafts and the delight of the senses.  If you have taken this class before, great! We will adventure to new lands!

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

Class geared toward ages: 4-9 years.      
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $12.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Questions? Register with Yoli: kokypus@yahoo.com  (With your registration please let Yoli know about any food restrictions or things you absolutely don’t want your child to eat.  A small bite of food may be a part of a festival celebration!)     

 

 

ART OF CHAINMAILLE
1:40PM – 2:40PM
Chainmailling is the art of weaving rings to create jewelry, armor, or other works of art.

For beginners, this class will provide a good knowledge of basic weaves and good chainmailling techniques. For more advanced students, this class will allow each student to select in what direction he/she would like to go with chainmailling. There are many chainmaille weaves to learn. There are a variety of wireworking and beading techniques which can be incorporated to make stunning jewelry or sculptural pieces. Chainmaille armor can be studied and made. We can explore differences in metals, wire gauges, aspect ratio, how rings are made, etc. for those who want to understand the mechanics of chainmaille and better be able to develop their own styles. Beginning students will learn one new weave each week. More advanced students will choose their own projects. Instructions and help will be given when needed and fun will be had by all.

Instructor Information: Martha Campbell – The first time I saw chain maille, I knew it was going to be my creative outlet of choice. It combines my love of problem solving and of metals with fine motor skills. It is beautiful and complicated but in the end, every piece is simply made one ring at a time. I’ve been interested in chain maille for years and have taken classes from many of the best maillers in the country. I would be delighted to teach you and yours what I know and help you learn to create whatever you wish to weave with small metal rings.                                                                   

Class geared toward ages: 9 years to adult.       
Class cost per student: $40/student (please discuss if this is a problem).
Supply fee: For beginners, the supply fee is $50. If you want to buy pliers, it is an additional $20. I do have a limited number of pliers I can lend. Chainmaille uses two pairs of flatnose, non-serrated jewelry pliers. Advanced students can buy supplies as needed from the instructor or bring their own.
Prerequisites: This class will have mixed levels of abilities from beginner to expert. The number of beginners will be limited. It is important for this class for the student to have patience and good fine motor skills.
Questions? Register with Martha: campbellkopp@gmail.com or 773-764-6302.

 

 
INTRODUCTION TO PARKOUR
1:40PM – 2:40PM
*NOTE: This is a five week class. (No class April 24th.)
In this class I will be teaching you or your child the basics of Parkour. Parkour is the art of moving from one place to another in an efficient and creative way. You might have seen videos on the internet of people jumping over walls and doing flips. While we will not be performing all those amazing feats, we’ll be learning some of the fundamentals required to get there. Be prepared to be pushed physically and mentally beyond your comfort zone. We will work on strengthening, form and introduction to basic techniques. Hopefully, by the end of this class you will have gained strength, balance and an interest in continuing in the ways of Parkour.  *NOTE: Class is limited to 10 students.

Instructor Information: Ethan Oliver is a long-time practitioner of Parkour, Freerunning and other related disciplines. He was on a competitive gymnastics team for 7 years. He’s a homeschooled high-school sophomore and loves playing several musical instruments and collecting knives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Class geared toward ages: 8 years through adult.                                                           
Class cost per student: $40.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites: Students should be willing to move around a lot and maybe even break a sweat!
Questions? Register with Ethan: ethan.d.oliver@gmail.com. (A waiver will be required on or before the first class: to be provided at registration.)                               

 

 

 

 

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