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AJCW Spring 2015

WELCOME TO THE AJCW EXPANSION TEST RUN! AJCW HOSTED AT THE ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY 7574 N. LINCOLN IN SKOKIE

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MONDAYS **AND** THURSDAYS APRIL 6 – MAY 14

MONDAY 4/6 – 5/11 ROOM 1 ROOM 2 ROOM 3 COMMUNITY RM. LIBRARY AUDITORIUM
9:15A – 10:15A STORYTIME AND ARTS 2-6 YRS. OUR VAST SOLAR SYSTEM6-10 YRS. ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA 11+ YRS. HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION 10+ YRS. FILMMAKING BASICS 11+ YRS. DISCOVER PARKOUR! 7+ YRS.
10:25A – 11:25A WOW! AND WHY? 4-8 YRS. BEGINNING SIGN LANGUAGE 9+ YRS. BEGINNING SEWING 10+ YRS. RHYTHMS OF AFRICA 8+ YRS. AUTHENTIC SELF 11+ YRS. YOGA FOR BUSY PARENTS ADULTS
11:35A – 12:35P THE HUMAN BODY IS AMAZING 4-7 YRS. HOMEOPATHY & HOLISTIC LIVING ADULTS MAKING A STATEMENT IN A COLORFUL WORLD 13+ YRS. CUPCAKES: THE SEQUEL 8+ YRS. CHAINMAILLE CLUB 9 YRS. – ADULT ACTIVE KIDS ACTIVE MINDS8-13 YRS.
12:35A – 1:30P LUNCH – RM. CLOSED LUNCH – RM. CLOSED LUNCH – RM. CLOSED LUNCH – RM. CLOSED LUNCH – RM. CLOSED LUNCH – RM. CLOSED
1:30P – 2:30P AMAZING AUTHORS 4-8 YRS. MOVIE CRITIQUE AND DISCUSSION GROUP 11+ YRS. THE REAL COLLEGE PREP 13+ YRS. BEGINNING CLAY MINI’S AND CLAY CLUB EXT.8+ YRS. CHAINMAILLE CLUB 9 YRS. – ADULT COMMUNITY BUILD & PLAY(GROUP) ALL AGES *WITH* PARENT
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THURSDAY 4/9 – 5/14 ROOM 1 ROOM 2 ROOM 3 COMMUNITY RM. LIBRARY AUDITORIUM
9:15A – 10:15A FUN PHONICS FARM 4-7 YRS. ACTING 101 – BASIC SKILLS 12+ YRS. DESKTOP BATTLEFIELD8+ YRS. KID’S YOGA 10+ YRS. INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL THEATER 8+ YRS. KID FIT – FUN AND FITNESS 6-10 YRS.
10:25A – 11:25A HANDWRITING LETTER & NUMBER ADVENTURE 2-6 YRS. CLAY, CLAY & MORE CLAY6-10 YRS. FINDING YOUR VOICE 11+ YRS. ORIGAMI CLUB8+ YRS. HISTORICAL FRAUDS AND DECEPTIONS 10+ YRS. FIRST FOAM FURY! 4-8 YRS.
11:35A – 12:35P WEE TUNES 2-4 YRS. GAMING THE CURSIVE WAY 8+ YRS. INK, PEN & BRUSH 11+ YRS. DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS YR. 5+ YRS. REAL WORLD MATHEMATICS 10+ YRS. TEEN POWER SKILLS TO EMPOWER & PROTECT 10+ YRS.
12:35A – 1:30P LUNCH – RM. CLOSED LUNCH – RM. CLOSED LUNCH – RM. CLOSED LUNCH – RM. CLOSED LUNCH – RM. CLOSED LUNCH – RM. CLOSED
1:30P – 2:30P WILD DISCOVERY 6-10 YRS. IMPROV THEATRE GAMES 8-12 YRS. KNITTING COLORWORK: STRIPES AND STRANDED 9+ YRS.. INTRO ACTING SHAKESPEARE FOR TEENS 10+ YRS. GET THOSE THOUGHTS ON PAPER – ESSAY WRITING MADE EASY 13+ YRS. COMMUNITY BUILD & PLAY(GROUP) ALL AGES *WITH* PARENT

 

** ALSO ON THURSDAYS ONLY **

9:15A – 10:15A: WALK, JOG, RUN CLUB – 12 YRS. TO ADULTS. – MEET IN THE LOBBY (SEE CLASS DESCRIPTION BELOW).

10:25A – 11:25A: PARENTS SUPPORT MEETINGS – ADULTS ONLY (NURSING BABIES WELCOME) – MEET UPSTAIRS IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM (SEE DETAILS BELOW.)

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STORYTIME AND ARTS
MONDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
Each week we’ll read a short book or two and then create an art project based on the books. Imagine seasonal stories, crazy creatures and crafting chaos!

Instructor Information: Stephen is a believer in lifelong learning and father to Ian (age 5). He received his bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Reed College. Since becoming a father, he has developed a strong interest in language acquisition and promoting reading and writing skills through storytelling, rhymes and imaginative play.

Class geared toward ages: 2-6 years.
Class cost per student: $40.
Supply fee: $5.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: STEPHEN AT covingtonokelley@sbcglobal.net.

 

OUR VAST SOLAR SYSTEM
MONDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
Come fly with us as we journey into the miraculous world of our solar system! We will investigate the sun and all the objects that orbit around it due to its gravity. This includes things such as planets, comets, asteroids, meteoroids and moons. How do they support us? What are their functions? How and what do we rely on them for? All this and we will even build our own model to help bring it all home!!!

Instructor Information: Michele Kowalski, homeschool momma of 1, will be leading this voyage! I hope that all interested kiddos will come help make this trip into outer space a blast!!!

Class geared toward ages: 6-10 years.
Class cost per student: $65/$95/each add’l $30. ~payments are cash only please~
Supply fee: (separate fee) $15.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: MICHELE AT detroitmk@yahoo.com.   ~payments are cash only please~

 

ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA
MONDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
Building on the students’ arithmetic skills, we will explore the concepts of algebra, which is the foundation of higher-level mathematics.

Instructor Information: Timothy Wolf – father of a wonderful 7-year-old son. I have degrees in theatre, math and philosophy, and worked as a math tutor while in college. I made my living as an actor for a children’s theatre troupe for many years, but am now a Realtor.

Class geared toward ages: 11+ years, or anyone who has a good grasp of arithmetic and be ready to move to the next level.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $10.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites for this class: Solid arithmetic skills.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: TIMOTHY AT ElanTimothy@gmail.com.


HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION
MONDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
Our fictions about science have changed as our understanding of science itself has changed. People have put into science fiction their hopes for a utopian future, and their fears of monstrous degradation. In the last 70 years, science fiction has become one of the most important means people have of understanding their world and others, and its conventions and ideas are understood and played with worldwide. So this class will look at some science fiction concepts and how they have changed over time. The computer, the alien, outer space, the monster, the robot, virtuality, we will examine examples of each and look for what they can tell us about who we are, and who we thought we may become.

Instructor Information: My name is Ben Huizenga, and I’m a bookseller at Half Price Books. Science fiction has always been there for me, and I’d like to share my love of it with a few people. I see children playing on iPads and think “well, there’s a better tricorder than Kirk ever had.” The history of science fiction is really yet another way to look at the history of the present.

Class geared toward ages: 10 years and up.
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: BEN AT adso1327@gmail.com.

 

FILMMAKING BASICS
MONDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
Filmmaking Basics is a course designed for tweens and teens who want a beginner’s course in all things filmmaking. The idea of this course is to give an introduction to the building blocks that make up a film including its pre-production, production, and post-production phases. Included are lectures and hands-on activities on screenwriting, shot design, camera angels, basic lighting and sound, and editing. Students will walk away with the knowledge necessary to make their own film. Students will need to bring a laptop for some sessions (screenwriting and editing) but all other materials will be provided.

Instructor Information: Ashley Hamernik is a MFA Screen Directing student at Columbia College in Chicago. She’s directed two films and worked on a number of student sets holding the titles of assistant director, production assistant, script supervisor, production designer, and zombie extra. She’s a self-proclaimed creative dabbler who enjoys the arts and loves teaching what she’s learned to tweens and teens. Currently, Ashley works at Evanston Public Library where she leads programs in filmmaking, screenwriting and STEM activities. Her goal is to become a librarian who inspires, teaches and mentors future dreamers.

Class geared toward ages: 11years and older.
Class cost per student: $60 / student, $100 / sibling pair.
Supply fee: NO supply fee— *but students must bring a laptop for some sessions.
Drop-in fee: $10. Please email me ahead of time so that I know how many to expect for each session. Prerequisites for this class: No prior filmmaking experience is required.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: ASHLEY AT amhamernik@gmail.com or 402.740.3604 (cell phone).


DISCOVER PARKOUR!
MONDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
We will be discovering Parkour! This means is that we’ll be learning basic movements, technique, and strength training for Parkour. Parkour is not “jumping off of buildings.” It is the act of getting your body from point A to point B in the most efficient and creative way possible. Traversing over, below, around and through obstacles in your everyday environment is the practice of Parkour.

Instructor Information: My name is Ethan Oliver. I am 16 years old and have been homeschooled all my life. I have been practicing Parkour since I was 11 and have past experience in teaching Parkour. This practice is my passion and I want to spread it on to others.

Class geared toward ages: 7+ (Difficulty will be distributed accordingly among ages if needed.)
Class cost per student: $40.
Supply fee: No supply fee. Bring your bodies and your brains!
Drop­-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: ETHAN AT ethan.d.oliver@gmail.com or 773­960­7431 (text or call).

 

WOW! & WHY?
MONDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
We had a literal blast in the first round of wow!&why? last fall!! We explored our senses and made connections from our daily lives to the wonders of science! We proved learning can be, not only fun — but great fun!!! This round will have additional as well as revisited projects supporting our trek into the whacky world of science. (I’m hoping to get a few warm days so we can blow some things up outside!!!!)

Instructor Information: Michele Kowalski, homeschool momma of 1 here. It has been such a pleasure learning with the kiddos as we moved through experiments! Their fresh perspectives and endless curiosity made clean-up totally worth it!!! Hope to see some second rounders as well as some newbies!!

Class geared toward ages: 4 – 8 years.
Class cost per student: $65/$95/ each add’l $30. ~payments are cash only please~
Supply fee: (Separate) $15.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: MICHELE AT detroitmk@yahoo.com. ~payments are cash only please~

 

BEGINNING SIGN LANGUAGE
MONDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
Have you ever wanted to communicate without saying a word? Or have a conversation through a window or from across a room without shouting? Now is your change to learn how! This class is geared towards beginning signers with little or no experience.

Instructor Information: Jennifer has been using sign language personally and professionally for the past 10 years. Her teaching experience has ranged from teaching workshops for parents and day care providers to teaching college level classes and after school programs. This class will be geared towards beginners of all ages. Come learn to communicate without making a sound.

Class geared toward: 9+ years.
Class cost per student: $30 per student; parents of students are welcome at no cost.
Supply fee: $15 per student.
Prerequisites for this class: Many times, we will be signing and fingerspelling with no voice; therefore, there will be quite a bit of fingerspelling and writing to communicate so a 3rd grade reading level is suggested and a firm grasp of phonics (sounding out words).
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: JEN AT jfrankfurter@yahoo.com

BEGINNING SEWING
MONDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
Join me as I show you how to sew your own bag for carrying books or a beach towel or toys or other items. As we work on our project, I’ll share what I know about using a pattern, types of stitches, buttons, pockets and sewing lingo (hint: baste isn’t for a turkey and bobbins aren’t for apples). While we will all make the same bag, there will be opportunities to add your own personal flair. I will also bring ideas for other applications for the sewing skills I share.

Instructor Information: (Jennifer Meyer) Sewing has always been a part of my family’s culture. My mom taught me to sew when I was in the elementary grades. I’ve sewn clothes, quilts, slipcovers for sofas, costumes, curtains and other items. What I love about sewing is the problem solving, creativity and, sometimes, the thriftiness.

Class geared toward ages: 10 years and up.
Class cost per student: $30.
Supply fee: Separate supply fee of $25.
Drop-in fee: No drop-ins.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: JEN AT jenniferkmeyer@yahoo.com.

 

RHYTHMS OF AFRICA
MONDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
Experience authentic rhythms of Ghana, West Africa through percussion and dance.  Learn to keep a beat with shakers, bells and hand drums, and work on some funky dance moves.  We will also cover some basic Geography, History and culture of the regions of Ghana, Togo and Benin.

Instructor Information: Erin Drennan (Pouska family homeschool mom ) has studied traditional percussion in the Anlo region of South-East Ghana, and has performed for over twenty-two years with Master Drummer and Professor Gideon Foli Alorwoyie.

Class geared toward ages:8+ years (enthusiastic younger learners welcome).
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: ERIN AT epouska@att.net.

 

AUTHENTIC SELF
MONDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
Come on out and self-discover the beauty of your authentic being… the authentic self-expression this world longs to have! This world is not in need of another doctor, teacher, lawyer                        (you fill in the blank). The world is in need of the most authentic YOU! We are not the clothes, the conversation, the social media the….. we are not the ‘likes’ or followers vs. following numbers we read on a daily basis. We will be exploring and mastering tools each week to understand the person we were meant to be, and not the person we think we ‘should’ be. We will learn to turn off the noise, set boundaries, lighten up, use commas vs periods…. and just a whole slew more! We will take from Ted talks, many reputable speakers, documentaries and invisionaries, and put into practice liberating ourselves from our fears, finding out who we are, and realize that playing small does not serve the world or those around us. Letting our light shine unconsciously gives permission to those around us to do the same. As we discuss, share and practice through various modes and methods, our Authentic Self Circle will become a precious space for sharing and enlightening. What is shared in the circle will stay in the circle. This workshop is present for tweens and teens to feel safe to share, and are encouraged to grow. Please join us to find that authentic self-expression yearning to shine bright!

Instructor Information: Amy Jarjusey is an unschooly mom of five amazing kiddos ages 5 months to 13 years. One of her many reasons to homeschool involves much of what this workshop is attempting to encapsulate in such a short period of time. Her hope is that by instigating this class is that it will flourish to future workshops because as we all know…. It’s a work on progress. Try, try again is a positive motto to carry through life when failures are bound to approach us. She’s excited to get to know your tweens and teens and share useful tools and techniques for each of us to continue to discover and be our truest most authentic selves.

Class geared toward ages: 11+ years.
Class cost per student: $65.
Drop-in fee: $12.
Prerequisites: A notebook, pen, and a willingness to openly discuss in a group setting.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: AMY AT mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

 

YOGA FOR BUSY PARENTS
MONDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
Take some time for yourself today…spend this class being guided through a gentle, flowing yoga sequence to re-center and balance. My focus will be to create a space for parents to come and reconnect with themselves, quiet their minds and rejuvenate. This class is suitable for brand new, beginner and experienced yogis. If you didn’t make it to the gym or just can’t seem to clear your head…try this class….and most importantly take time for yourself.

Instructor Information: Cara Carothers has been teaching for 2 years but practicing yoga for much longer. Her individual growth and healing through her practice of yoga is what drew her to teach it…she is forever a student…always looking to learn more about yoga, herself and is constantly awed at how yoga continues to change and transform her students.

Class geared toward ages: If you are a parent, have parented, mentored and/or supported a child you.
Class cost per student: $45.
Supply fee: No supply fee but please bring your own mat.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites for this class: I will tailor the class to where you are at in your practice.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: CARA AT cara_c@ameritech.net.

 

 

THE HUMAN BODY IS AMAZING
MONDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
The human body is an incredible machine with no user manual. This fun introductory anatomy class is intended to ignite your child’s fascination. The curriculum is flexible so we can further explore popular topics as needed. That said, here’s my plan…

  • Brain and heart JELL-O molds!
  • The Cat in the Hat “Inside Your Outside!” book!
  • Fun facts about the human body that will blow your mind!
  • How to keep our bodies strong and healthy!
  • Drawing and coloring anatomical characters!
  • How babies grow from a zygote into a child!
  • Exploring plastic anatomical models!
  • What would Olaf’s skeleton look like?
  • Taping paper organs on your classmates!

Instructor Information: Dan Shielding has a BA majoring in biology from Oberlin College, an MA in medical & biological illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has illustrated and animated medical procedures for over 15 years. He’s a very passionate life-learning Dad with two kids striving each day to help them achieve long term happiness.

Class geared toward ages: 4-7 years.
Class cost per student: $60. (Cash)
Supply fee: $20 separate from class cost.
Drop-in fee: $15.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: DAN AT DanShielding@gmail.com. Cash only please.

 

HOMEOPATHY & HOLISTIC LIVING… COME, GATHER, LEARN, SHARE AND HEAL!
MONDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
Have you heard of homeopathy but aren’t sure what it is? Have you used some over the counter or home remedies with or without much success? Want to learn even more? Come and get some valuable information to help you and your family live healthier lives during a time when our culture gets further and further from natural ways. We are in a post antibiotic era and need to care for our families with a new awareness. Are you ready to learn more? Topics will be discussed in a casual circle Q and A format. We will discuss many options for the various weeks of our gatherings as each person expresses their interests. This class is for adults but don’t let a child who needs to be near you stop you from signing up. Bring your child along if you wish and they can play quietly in the same room.

Instructor Information: MJ Roman, PhD, MEd, has been sharing more than 20 years of advanced clinical experience and in-depth research with great success helping people achieve wellness naturally.

Class geared toward ages: Adults.
Class cost: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $60 per adult if you register via email by 9pm March 18th. (The 20% off early bird special does not apply to the supply fee.)   After 3/18/15: $75 tuition per adult.
Supply fee: $15 (separate/not included in above tuition).
Drop-ins: $15.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: MJ AT homeopathy.edu@icloud.com.

 

MAKING A STATEMENT IN A COLORFUL WORLD
MONDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
Join us in an easygoing writing workshop that explores creating simple structure and clear thesis statements in short non-fictional writing. We will explore current event topics, practice critical analysis and begin a journey to get comfortable writing short 3-4 page papers. Participants in this class should be prepared to read articles, participate in discussions about current events, read their own writing out loud, try to complete homework assignments and come with an open mind to learn about ourselves and the world around us.   This class will be a fun way to approach non-fiction writing and build essential skills for college & beyond!

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 fifteen 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: 13+ years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $12.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites for this class: A willingness to read and write!
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: YOLI AT kokypus@yahoo.com.

 
CUPCAKES THE SEQUEL
MONDAY, 11:35A- 12:35P
How about a Chocolate Moose, A Submarine Sandwich, or Pigs in a Blanket? Sure, as long as you understand they are all cupcakes in disguise! In this fun and challenging class students will continue to learn all kinds of decorating techniques which employ, easy to find materials, to make magnificent, silly, and delicious cupcake creations. This class will require patience, a creative spirit and, of course, a love of cupcakes.

Each week KellyAnn will bring in freshly baked cupcakes and together we will make the frosting and build our cupcake masterpieces. The students will learn techniques that they can transfer to all kinds of other baking projects. Returning students may have the opportunity to partner up and share their own creations.

Instructor Information: KellyAnn is a mom of 4 children ages 2 to 10. A Theater Artist by trade, for fun, she is an avid baker of extravagant cakes and party creations and has developed her skills over many years of birthday and themed parties with her children. You can find her cake page on Pinterest.

Class geared toward ages: 8 years through teens. Students need to be able to listen and follow instructions and self-motivate throughout the class.
Class cost per student $60.
Supply fee: $20.
Drop-in fee: $15. Drop-ins should be scheduled in advance by email as the extra cupcakes and supplies will need to made ahead. You can ask the day-of and if I happen to have extra supplies that day you may attend.
Prerequisites for this class: You must find cupcakes delicious and working with your hands to create. You must be able to work fairly independently with instructor’s guidance.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: KELLYANN AT Leisencorcoran@me.com.

 

CHAINMAILLE CLUB
MONDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
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.

Instructor Information: Martha Campbell has been chainmailling and teaching others how to chainmaille for years. Henry Kopp is an avid chainmailler with a desire to share his knowledge with others.

Class geared toward ages: 9 years to adult.
Class cost per student: $40.
Discounts for taking both sessions or hardship. Please contact Martha.
Supply fee: Beginners – $50 . All others – $10 plus more TBD by cost of materials used for project(s) selected. All students need to have two pairs of flat-nose (or one flat-nose and one chain-nose) non-serrated jewelry pliers of the same size. If you do not have these, please contact me ASAP.
Drop-in fee: $10
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: MARTHA AT campbellkopp@gmail.com.


ACTIVE KIDS ACTIVE MINDS
MONDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
Kids will have a great time moving and developing their problem solving skills as they complete a variety of fun challenges and games both on their own and with a group. Some basic fitness skills will be included. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome!

Instructor Information: Amy DiBasilio is a teacher, fitness coach and health educator. She loves helping kids find the fun in fitness and is fascinated by the connection between movement and learning. She currently runs the Crossfit Illumine Kids program in Niles.

Class geared toward ages: 8­-13 year olds.
Class cost per student: $60. *Sibling discounts available.
Supply fee: $7.
Drop-­in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: AMY AT amydibo24@gmail.com.

 

**************LUNCH BREAK 12:35PM – 1:30PM ********************

AMAZING AUTHORS
MONDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
Each week we will showcase a favorite children’s author. We will read stories, learn a little about the author and illustrator, and do projects and activities relating to the book. We will also write our own stories. The authors that I have chosen for this session are Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Anna Dewdney, Laura Numeroff, and Bernard Waber.

Instructor Information: Lisa Wolf—- I am a mom to a fantastic 7-year-old boy. Through the process of my son learning about things that interest him, he has taught me to love many things I never had an interest in before…bugs, spiders, reptiles and amphibians. Prior to my life as a homeschooling mom, I was a teacher for 11 years. I’ve taught Preschool through 5th grade. I’ve always loved to teach, but it is such a richer experience to teach in a homeschool environment.

Class geared toward ages: 4-8 years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $10.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: LISA AT Mackeownis@wowway.com.
MOVIE CRITIQUE AND DISCUSSION GROUP
MONDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
Are you a movie lover? Do you enjoy a good flick and then the chance to discuss and critique? Watch some great flicks (prior to class time) and then come each week for critiquing, dishing and discussing. Movie choices are all available on Netflix (and likely library rentals as well). Clips of movies may be shared in class as part of the discussion, but full features should be viewed at home prior to week’s discussion.

Week 1 – Airplane
Week 2 – Cast Away
Week 3 – (original) Godzilla
Week 4 – Stand By Me
Week 5 – Devil
Week 6 – Chef

Instructor Information: Kaidin is an unschooled teen who is a true movie buff. He loves watching, reading and critiquing all about the movies. He always knows the ‘must sees’ before they even hit the big screens. He looks forward to sharing his interests with other movie lovers alike.

Class geared toward: 11+ years.
Class cost per student: $35.
Drop-in fee: $8.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: KAIDIN AT mommy@nakitababy.com.          

 

THE REAL COLLEGE PREP
MONDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
College, the abyss that comes after high school or at least somewhere after age 16. So many choices! So many myths! So many things to prepare! But which things? And how will I compare with the other students? How will I make good decisions? What are the things I could be doing now to prepare myself for the option of going to college? If any of these questions have crossed your mind—this is the class for you! Yoli has 10+ years of experience teaching at the collegiate level in both traditional and non-traditional settings. What does a non-traditional college setting mean? Do I need to go to college? And the 6 million dollar question—how am I going to pay for it? In our six weeks, through discussion, practice and homework we will highlight critical topics & skills to survive college and thrive in the environment. And if you don’t want to go to college, the skills highlighted in class will certainly translate into life!

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 fifteen 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: 13+ years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $12.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites for this class: A willingness to read and discuss!
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: YOLI AT kokypus@yahoo.com.

 

 

BEGINNING CLAY MINI’S AND CLAY CLUB EXTENSION
MONDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
Have you ever wondered how they make to scale miniature foods for dollhouses? Have you seen or worked with polymer clay, and you’d like to learn more in depth skills in creating miniatures (whether characters, foods, images, charms or more)? Beginning Clay Miniatures may be the class for you. Dahlia will take you through 6 weeks of beginning skill building in learning the basics (and then more in depth skills) in how to create miniature works of clay art. Each week you will learn at least two new skills, and then you will have time to free-build with her help and guidance. All works of art will be baked at the end of class and you will be able to take them home.

If you are already an experience clay artist, and you’d like time to free-build with friends, then the Clay Club Extension is the place for you. Each week a table will be set for experience artists to come in, utilize materials and free-build with peers. Dahlia will be on hand to field questions (after her instructions are given to the beginner group). Any new skills you’d like to acquire? Dahlia can surely help you develop your art!

Instructor Information: Dahlia Jarjusey is an unschooling tween who has really grown a passionate interest in developing miniature clay foods. She has been practicing her art for quite some time, has taught several classes at AJCW over the last few years, and even has her own clay business. (You can visit her shop and see her talent at Etsy.com or on Facebook. She is “Jani Potoo”…. Which means “Clay Baker” in her dad’s native tongue: Mandinka.) She has sold her wares at various art venues, and truly love sharing the art with others!

Class geared toward ages: 8-11 years for beginning clay artists, and 11+ years for clay club extensionists.
Class cost per student: $45 for beginning clay artists.
Class cost per student: $10 for clay club extensionists.
Supply fee: $15 for all artists (separate cost from class fees listed above).
Prerequisites: None for the beginners. But clay club extensionists must be experienced miniature builders, and/or have taken at least one or more of Dahlia’s classes prior. (Further: Extensionists must fully comprehend the expensive cost of this art, how to create miniatures, and how best not to waste clay.)
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: DAHLIA AT
mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

CHAINMAILLE CLUB
MONDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
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.

Instructor Information: Martha Campbell has been chainmailling and teaching others how to chainmaille for years. Henry Kopp is an avid chainmailler with a desire to share his knowledge with others.

Class geared toward ages: 9 years to adult.
Class cost per student: $40. Discounts for taking both sessions or hardship. Please contact Martha.
Supply fee: Beginners – $50 . All others – $10 plus more TBD by cost of materials used for project(s) selected. All students need to have two pairs of flat-nose (or one flat-nose and one chain-nose) non-serrated jewelry pliers of the same size. If you do not have these, please contact me ASAP.
Drop-in fee: $10
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: MARTHA AT campbellkopp@gmail.com.

 

COMMUNITY BUILD & PLAY(GROUP)
MONDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
Open gym, parents meeting, playgroup, all combined into one! Come on out to our big-ol’ space for some burning off steam at the end of the day. Play some tag, enjoy some conversation, and develop growing relationships. This is a chance to enjoy the ‘park day’ before the park day begins.

Host Information: Amy Jarjusey is the mom to five kiddos ages 6 months to 13 years. She is the coordinator of AJCW and is always interested in fostering deeper community roots, relationships and connections… whose motto often is “more the merrier.”

Class geared toward ages: ALL ages **with** parent. This is *not* a drop off activity, but a family group hang out time.
Class cost: $15 per family for one day. $25 per family for the two days. (Group hosted both Mondays and Thursdays after lunch.)
Drop-in Fee: $5 per family.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: AMY AT mommy@nakitababy.com.

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FUN PHONICS FARM
THURSDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
Each week we’ll concentrate on cultivating letter creatures and learning the specific sounds the letters make. Using rhymes and stories we’ll join these letter creatures together to make simple words and then send them out on a short adventure around the farm. We’ll play games like pin the tail on the Alphabet Letter, Letter Hunt and Super Silly Sentences to reinforce each phoneme’s sound and playfully introduce children to the wonderful world of reading.

Space is limited to 10 students. Please register early!

Instructor Information: Stephen is a believer in lifelong learning and father to Ian (age 5). He received his bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Reed College. Since becoming a father, he has developed a strong interest in language acquisition and promoting reading and writing skills through storytelling, rhymes and imaginative play.

Class geared toward ages: 4-7 years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $5. Included in cost per student.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: STEPHEN AT covingtonokelley@sbcglobal.net.

 

ACTING 101 – BASIC SKILLS
THURSDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
Theater is awesome! In this class we’ll discover just how amazing working as an ensemble of actors can be by learning some of the basic skills all actors have in their bag of tricks. We’ll break the ice through the use of theater games, explore working as a group by creating on-the-spot scenarios, we’ll discuss different acting styles and apply them to our group work, all of which will come together on our last day of class in a pressure free, absolutely fun final performance (and don’t let the word performance scare you. This will be more of an overview of what we’ve done and will be geared toward the level of each student in the class). There will be some memorization of text and outside class homework. Actors will be asked to come to class ready to move (meaning you should wear clothes that you can move around in and feel comfortable crawling/rolling/jumping/being free in). We are going to have a great time and break some legs. See you there!

Instructor Information: Abigail (Trabue) Epperson has worked as an actor/director in Chicago theater for 10 years and loves teaching theater to future generations. She’s a founding ensemble member (retired) of Polarity Ensemble Theater and an Artistic Associate (retired) of Porchlight Music Theater. Abigail holds a BFA in Musical Theater w/ an acting focus from Columbia College Chicago, where she now works as an adjunct professor primarily teaching their High School Summer Institute and directing the Musical Theater Freshman Performance Project. Abigail is a proud homeschooling mother to 3 awesome little boys, a product of a homeschool family (homeschooled all the way through high school! woohoo!) and is married to Chicago theater designer/producer/educator Jason Epperson.

Class geared toward ages: 12 years and up (12 student limit).
Class cost per student: $50 for one child, $75 for two siblings, $100 for three or more siblings.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites for this class: Nope. Just an interest in theater and an open mind.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: ABBY AT abbyeppers@yahoo.com.

 

DESKTOP BATTLEFIELD
THURSDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
It is amazing what kinds of fun model weapons you can build with spare office supplies – and that’s just what we’re going to do! We’ll construct and test a series of increasingly complex mini-weapons from John Austin’s Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction book. We’ll make Maul guns, crossbows, and a variety of catapults, as time allows.

Instructor Information: Seana Huizenga is a giant wooden puppet with articulated limbs created by the imcomparably brilliant (though quite mad) Dr. Brevity. She’s masquerading as a human while plotting the downfall of modern civilization… probably.

Class geared toward ages: 8 years and up, anyone younger will need a parent to stay to help with construction.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: additional $10.
Drop-in fee: $10 drop-in fee, if we have enough space.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: SEANA AT seanaface@gmail.com.

 

KID’S YOGA
THURSDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
Whether you have tried yoga before, or always been curious about it…come spend time experiencing yoga for kids with Cara.  She will tailor each class to meet each student where they are in their yoga learning as well as create and encourage an environment of support and growth.

Instructor Information: Cara Carothers has been teaching for 2 years but practicing yoga for much longer. Her individual growth and healing through her practice of yoga is what drew her to teach it…she is forever a student…always looking to learn more about yoga, herself and is constantly awed at how yoga continues to change and transform her students.

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.
Class cost per student: $45.
Supply fee: No supply fee but please bring your own mat.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites for this class: I will tailor the class to where you are at in your practice.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: CARA AT cara_c@ameritech.net.

 

INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL THEATER
THURSDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
Start your journey into the wonderful world of musical theatre! Explore the classics and the newest shows as you learn the techniques used on broadway. This class will involve watching clips and at least one group song. Solos are optional but welcomed!

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

Class geared toward ages: 8+ years.
Class cost per student: $100. $90 for second in same family.
Drop-in fee: $20.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: ORION AT orion@edgeoforion.com and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “AJCW.”

 

KID FIT – FUN AND FITNESS
THURSDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
Are you ready to find the fun in fitness? Join us each week for a variety of games, races and obstacle courses geared toward getting you moving, having fun and working with others. We will work on a new fitness skill each week and learn some fun wellness facts. This class is appropriate for 5­10 year olds and fitness skill are adjusted to meet the needs of each student.

Instructor Information: Amy DiBasilio is a teacher, fitness coach and health educator. She loves helping kids find the fun in fitness and currently homeschools and runs the Crossfit Illumine Kids program in Niles.

Class geared toward ages: 6­-10 years.
Class cost per student: $65.
Supply fee: $5.
Drop­-in fee: $12.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: AMY AT amydibo24@gmail.com.

 

WALK, JOG, RUN CLUB
THURSDAY, 9:15A – 10:15A
It’s Spring! Let’s get outside and move. Wear your running clothes and shoes and meet in the courtyard. We will go out into the neighborhood and walk, jog and run between 2 to 4 miles. Depending on your goal for the day, we will set out in groups that will stick together on a predetermined course. If you want homework, I can give you a specific goal for the week to do at home as well.

Instructor Information: My name is Andrea Oliver. I’m a mom to 4 homeschooled kids. I started running at the age of 14 when I became bored on a walk and eventually discovered how necessary it was for me to move my body through running.   I eventually joined the Cross Country and Track teams in college and went on to run several road races and marathons since. Mostly though, I run to feel good in my body and mind and turn the worries and frustrations of raising kids into positivity and gratitude.

Class geared toward ages: Adults and kids 12 and up (please talk to me if you have a younger child that really wants run with us).
Class cost per student: $20 per person ($10 for additional family members).
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites for this class: Should have athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: ANDREA AT andreacoliver@yahoo.com

 

HANDWRITING LETTER & NUMBER ADVENTURES
THURSDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
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 20 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: 2-6 years.
Class cost per student: $70.
Supply fee: $15.
Drop-in fee: $12.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: TIFFANY AT writenow.reid@gmail.com or 773.507.5076.

 

CLAY, CLAY AND MORE CLAY
THURSDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
Students will have the opportunity to experiment with various types of clay including terra cotta, air dry and modeling. Projects will include functional as well as non-functional work.

Instructor Information: Joyce Elias is an Evanston based artist. She has taught art throughout the home school community for many years.

Class geared toward ages: 6-10 years.
Class cost per student: $90
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: JOYCE AT Krinklebein@aol.com.

 

FINDING YOUR VOICE
THURSDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
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.

Instructor Information: 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 & up.
Class cost per student: $50.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: KATE AT kate7777@sbcglobal.net or (773) 935-9583.

 

 

ORIGAMI CLUB
THURSDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned folder, Origami offers children, teens and adults alike the opportunity to take a piece of paper and created a small masterpiece. Learn to fold, improve your skills, or just find a quiet spot and the use of an origami book collection to fold with friends or on your own. This class is geared for children ages 8+ who can fold a triangle and a rectangle independently. Younger children are welcome with a parent. There is no charge for any parent who would like to join their child and learn Origami together. Older students will have the opportunity to learn, teach and or help, or just fold for fun. This is an all-ages class. Materials fee covers paper and print outs. Benefits of Origami include, focus and attention to detail, following visual instructions, geometry/mathematics, and fine motor skills.

Instructor Information: Jennifer has been folding origami with her son for about 3 years. Although her son outranks her, she enjoys teaching beginners of all ages the Origami.

Class geared toward ages: 8+ years, younger students welcome when accompanies by a parent. Parents who join their child of any age are free and welcome.
Class cost per student: $30 per student, parents of students are welcome at no cost.
Drop-in fee: $5.
Supply fee: $15 per student.
Prerequisites: Students attending with parents are welcome regardless of ability level. Students attending independently must be able to fold a triangle and a rectangle out of a square piece of paper.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: JEN AT jfrankfurter@yahoo.com.

 

HISTORICAL FRAUDS AND DECEPTIONS
THURSDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
There have been so many times when a timely deceit or a convenient forgery have changed the course of history. From dramatic hype to military camouflage to public relations to forged documentation, there is a common thread of misrepresentation running through human events. This class will look at a few outstanding examples, both inimical and beneficial, and examine which frauds succeeded and for what reasons, and which failed of their purpose and why.

Instructor Information: My name is Ben Huizenga, and I’m a bookseller at Half Price Books. I am fascinated with the role of deceit and misrepresentation in life, and especially in the masquerade of history.

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: BEN AT adso1327@gmail.com.

 

 

FIRST FOAM FURY!
THURSDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A
Join our awesome staff as you get to whoop up on them! Learn about self-control, hand to eye coordination, how to work through frustration as new games each week challenge your inner warrior. Nerf based melee  weapons (swords, axes, etc) are the going fare but the first few weeks will be foam noodle based! To battle!!

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

Class geared toward ages: 4-8 years.
Class cost per student: $100. $90 for second in same family.
Drop-in fee: $20.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: ORION AT orion@edgeoforion.com and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “AJCW.”

 

 

** PARENTS SUPPORT MEETING ** THURSDAY, 10:25A – 11:25A Parent’s Support Meetings will be offered this session from in the conference room upstairs! This is an adult-only meeting (nursing infants welcome) to discuss important homeschool and parenting topics:

April 9 Homeschooling Your Tween

April 16 Dealing With Difficult Days

April 23 What Can You Offer To The Homeschool Community

April 30 Your Child’s Passion or Lack of Passion

May 7 Homeschool and Socialization

May 14 Homeschooling and Travel

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


WEE TUNES
THURSDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
Let’s sing about the weather, the days of the week and the occasions we may be celebrating in a fun circle time that expands outward into dancing and singing to live music with KellyAnn and her autoharp and her selection of awesome recorded music for tots. We will dance, and sing! We will use parachutes, rhythm sticks, shakers, bells, puppets, bubbles, and a felt board ending in a cold drink of water, some goldfish crackers, and a story that brings into focus the theme of the hour’s fun. ( If your child has a food allergy please let me know!)

Instructor Information: KellyAnn, A 23-year Veteran of the Chicago theater scene has been doing music and movement and working with small children up through teens since 1998. She taught for The Young Actor’s Program. For five years she taught Mom & Tot and Preschool Music s at the Jewish Community Center in Lakeview where she became the co-Director of Early Childhood Education. She also taught at Bubbles Academy and then formed her own school, The Corcoran School of Theater Arts. In Iowa she founded WeeTunes, Music and Movement Classes for Parents and Tots and continues to perform at birthday parties in Chicago.

Class geared toward ages: 2-4 (2yo with parent to start and possibly independently after a time.)
Class cost per student: $60 (2nd child $30).
Supply fee: $5.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: KELLYANN AT leisencorcoran@me.com.

 

 

GAMING THE CURSIVE WAY
THURSDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
COME WRITE WITH ME! This is geared to solidifying correct letter formation, while working on formation, speed and accuracy of cursive handwriting. This class teaches cursive letters formation using Mary Benbow, MS, OTR/L’s Loops and Other Groups: A Kinesthetic Writing System. Letters are taught in groups that share common movement patterns. Easy-to-remember motor and memory cues help the students visualize and verbalize while they experience the “feel” of the letter. Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum Multi-sensory strategies are also be applied in class activities. This class utilizes games to solidify correct letter formation, while working on speed and accuracy in cursive. More information about “Handwriting Without Tears” 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 20 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: 8 years and up.
Class cost per student: $70.
Supply fee: $15.
Drop-in fee: $12.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: TIFFANY AT writenow.reid@gmail.com or 773.507.5076.

 

INK, PEN AND BRUSH
THURSDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
The focus of this class is line drawing and brush work. We will be using pens, ink and Japanese brushes. Projects will include line drawing, cross hatching (shading) and brush work on vellum and rice paper.

Instructor Information: Joyce Elias is an Evanston based artist. She has taught art throughout the home school community for many years.

Class geared toward ages: 11+ years.
Class cost per student: $90.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: JOYCE AT krinklebein@aol.com.


DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS YR. 1
THURSDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
An introduction to latin, movement and imagination! Learn moves from sword history as you come up against the critters from our favorite boy wizards world! Armed with a hand crafted wand you will learn new techniques every week to use in the Omni-Wizard Tournament (non competitive) at the end of class. Stage combat and nerdery unite in this class!

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

Class geared toward ages: 5+ years.
Class cost per student: $100. $90 for second in same family.
Drop-in fee: $20.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: ORION AT orion@edgeoforion.com and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “AJCW.”

 

REAL WORLD MATHEMATICS
THURSDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
Mathematics is the language of nature. We all speak this language very well. We speak it with our bodies, with our instincts, with our ability to calculate the likelihood that we can convince someone to stop for ice cream on the way home from a concert. This class will go through a number of real world examples of how to use mathematics for fun and profit, stressing the skills we already possess, as a step towards learning how to write what we already can say.

Instructor Information: My name is Ben Huizenga, and I’m a bookseller at Half Price Books. Math is fun. Fun, fun, fun. The pleasure and satisfaction from doing math well is difficult to compare to anything else, because it is so foundational to making good decisions in general, and good decisions are the gate key to massive fun. I love to watch math play out in the world around me, and I’d like to share some of that play.

Class geared toward ages: 10 years and up.
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: BEN AT adso1327@gmail.com.


TEEN POWER SKILLS TO EMPOWER AND PROTECT
THURSDAY, 11:35A – 12:35P
The Teampower Personal Safety skills program will prepare teens and pre-teens to navigate their world with safety and confidence. In this active, upbeat class, teens practice using “People Safety” skills to recognize, manage and if necessary, use appropriate physical force to escape a potentially dangerous situation and get to safety. Teenpower has a 20 year record of success teaching young people how to create safety in school, out in the world, online… everywhere, with everyone.

Instructor Information: The workshop will be lead by Grandmaster Joe Connelly, the Director for the Kidpower, Teenpower and Fullpower Center in Chicago (www.kidpowerchicago.org) and Connelly’s Academy. He is a Seventh Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do, and a nationally recognized expert in self- protection and personal security skills training.

Class geared toward: 10 + years. **Please note: Class size will be limited and pre-registration online required.
Class cost per student: $90.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: www.connellysacademy.com and follow registration link under “latest news.” Direct link to registration: https://events.membersolutions.com/event_register.asp?content_id=54911.

 

************** LUNCH BREAK 12:35PM – 1:30PM *****************

 

WILD DISCOVERY
THURSDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
Are you ready to dig for fossils? Are you ready to find out what spiders do with their webs? Are you ready for some wild discoveries? Each week we will explore a nature box/inquiry kit from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The boxes are filled with books, activities, experiments, and actual specimens. They are put together by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The topics that we will study are Butterflies, Insects & Spiders, Reptiles & Amphibians, Illinois Fossils, and Wild Mammals. Come join us for some wild discoveries.

Instructor Information: Lisa Wolf—- I am a mom to a fantastic 7-year-old boy. Through the process of my son learning about things that interest him, he has taught me to love many things I never had an interest in before…bugs, spiders, reptiles and amphibians. Prior to my life as a homeschooling mom, I was a teacher for 11 years. I’ve taught Preschool through 5th grade. I’ve always loved to teach, but it is such a richer experience to teach in a homeschool environment.

Class geared toward ages: 6-10 years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: $10.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: LISA AT Mackeownis@wowway.com.

 

IMPROV THEATRE GAMES
THURSDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
(*NOTE* This is a five week class. No class 4/9. Class will begin on 4/16.)
Improv is the new rage in schools, summer camps and small theaters which are offering improv classes to eager improvisers!  This class will offer children a safe and fun environment playing improvisational theatre games that will not only bring laughs, but help breed good listening skills, self-confidence, acceptance of others, as well as encourage and nurture innate curiosity and creativity.  The laughs will come naturally as we improvise scenes with all sorts of unexpected hilarity.  Kids love this kind of stuff!

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

(*NOTE* This is a five week class. No class 4/9. Class will begin on 4/16.)

Class geared toward ages:  8 to 16 year olds.
Class cost per student:  $50 for first child & add $25 per sibling.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: MASHA at mfurmanova@hotmail.com.

 

 

KNITTING COLORWORK: STRIPES AND STRANDED
THURSDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
In this knitting class we will focus on the use of color in our knitting. We will complete projects that involve stripes and will learn how to knit with two strands of yarn at once to make unique designs in our knitting.

Instructor Information: Denyse has been teaching knitting at AJCW for a long time now. Oh, no! My knitters are gaining skills and will soon surpass me. Teaching more advanced knitting feels a bit like homeschooling a teenager. Y’all are catching me.

Class geared toward ages: 9+ years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Prerequisites for this class: You must already know how to knit and be somewhat confident in your knitting.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: DENYSE AT denyse.ffrench@gmail.com.

 

INTRO ACTING SHAKESPEARE FOR TEENS
THURSDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
Explore the Bard with your besties! Learn the art of acting as you explore scenes from Shakespeare’s most influential work, Romeo and Juliet. A show about teens, being read and explored by you!

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

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.
Class cost per student: $100. $90 for second in same family.
Drop-in fee: $20.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: ORION AT orion@edgeoforion.com and www.edgeoforion.com – Under “AJCW.”

 

GET THOSE THOUGHTS ON PAPER – ESSAY WRITING MADE EASY
THURSDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
We’ll write and write until we get it right. Learn the basic form of a 250- 500 word essay. Work together to find the heart and soul of your writing. Get this skill down in just a few weeks and we’ll work on your projects. College apps, book reviews, blog posts…your choice.

Instructor Information: I am Cheryl Sloane, a homeschool mom and business owner. I learned to write essays my junior year of high school in my American Lit class. It was the most useful skill that I learned in high school. In college I taught many of my friends how to write and helped them through their struggles with English 101. Currently I own my own business and write everyday. I was a founder of The Second City Training Center and have taught improvisation throughout Chicago. I think writing and public speaking are two of the most important skills to learn and I look forward to sharing them at AJCW.

Class geared toward ages: 13 years and up.
Class cost per student: $50 per student/$80 per sibling pair.
Drop-in fee: $10.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: CHERYL AT cheryl@boutiqueg.com.

 

COMMUNITY BUILD & PLAY(GROUP)
THURSDAY, 1:30P – 2:30P
Open gym, parents meeting, playgroup, all combined into one! Come on out to our big-ol’ space for some burning off steam at the end of the day. Play some tag, enjoy some conversation, and develop growing relationships. This is a chance to enjoy the ‘park day’ before the park day begins.

Host Information: Amy Jarjusey is the mom to five kiddos ages 6 months to 13 years. She is the coordinator of AJCW and is always interested in fostering deeper community roots, relationships and connections… whose motto often is “more the merrier.”

Class geared toward ages: ALL ages **with** parent. This is *not* a drop off activity, but a family group hang out time.
Class cost: $15 per family for one day. $25 per family for the two days. (Group hosted both Mondays and Thursdays after lunch.)
Drop-in Fee: $5 per family.
REGISTER AND/OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: AMY AT mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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