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AJCW Spring Session 2013

AJ Collective Workshops ~ SPRING SESSION 2013
APRIL 18TH – MAY 23RD

LAST session before we break for summer!

                       

Don’t forget to join us Tuesdays AND Thursdays at Loyola Beach (Greenleaf Ave. entrance) all day long, all summer long! AJCW will be back in the fall, on Thursdays, with more GREAT stuff!

 

ALL CLASSES MEET THURSDAYS AT THE ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY OF CHICAGO, AT 7574 N. LINCOLN, SKOKIE, IL

 

 

FOR REGISTRATION: Contact the instructor directly via the contact information listed in the class description.

GENERAL QUESTIONS: Please feel free to email Amy with general questions about AJCW: mommy@nakitababy.com

 

 

9:45AM – 10:45AM


Journalism 101
For those of you who are interested in getting in on the ground floor, I’m offering Journalism 101 again. My goal is to have a Homeschool Newspaper up and running by the fall and we’ll need a stable of solid reporters to make that happen, so…

Do you have a nose for news, an eye for observation, an ear for intelligence? Are you the next Ida B. Wells, Woodward or Bernstein or Janine Zacharia?* Then come join the (temporarily named) Homeschool Gazette! We’ll examine the Who, What, When, Why and How of newspaper reporting and we’ll work towards producing our own Homeschool Newspaper. Reporters should have a basic ability to write a few sentences on their own. Creative spelling and punctuation are welcome: we’ll edit each others work and learn how to write readable stories. 

 *Don’t know who those folks are? Come find out and be amazed!

Class taught by: Amy Ellison is a homeschool mom and filmmaker. She has taught screenwriting, documentary production, cloth diapering and baby wearing, but not in the same places. In her spare time she can be found reading the New York Times, The Chicago Reporter, and the Black Mountain News.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Class geared toward ages:   8 – 12 years.
Class cost: $70 per student

Prerequisites for this class: Students should be able to write a few sentences on their own. Creative grammar and spelling are welcome.

With questions or to register contact Amy Ellison:  stillellison@me.com.

 

 

 

Wee Explore (Art!) –
(Note: Class is 10am – 10:45am)
Enjoy easing into the morning with some fun art exploration. Class will be filled with more media exploration as the concentration verses what the final product ‘must’ be. Your child may (or may not) come home with a final project, but they sure will have a blast in this 45 minute fun hands-on, exploring different art mediums through play and exploration.

Class taught by:
Amy Jarjusey, unschooling mom of four and art enthusiast herself. Just too shy to call herself an “artist,” but certainly one at heart.

Class geared toward ages: 3 – 6 years
Class cost: $40 ($15 supply fee included in cost): Drop in fee $10.

With questions or to register contact Amy Jarjusey: mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

 

 

 

Artist Trading Card, Making and Trading     
Let’s Make (small) Art! In this class we will make and trade Artist Trading Cards. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist_trading_cards)

I will bring my collection and other source materials to help provide inspiration, plus a wide variety of materials for creation. I will suggest themes for trades, but there will also be plenty of opportunity to let your own imagination guide you. Let’s inspire each other and share some art! (Trading will not be required, but encouraged.)

Class taught by: Nancy Machaj, a homeschooling parent, and I am a self-taught enthusiast in many areas. I first started making and trading Artist Trading Cards about 8 years ago, when I first learned about them. It is truly a medium and art form that any person can immediately make and enjoy. Besides learning and living with my family, I love cooking, eating, reading, spending time with friends, and watching movies of all kind. I l especially enjoy making and creating things with my community.               

Class geared towards ages: 6 to adult. The main requirement is the desire to create art cards. The attendee should be able to use scissors, glue sticks, and stickers, paint and markers, and other art materials and be mostly self-guided. Contact me if you have a question about age. A parent may attend with their young child as a helper (or if the parent would like to also make art, sign up also!
Class cost: $65 per person (includes a $15 supply fee): Drop in fee $12.

With questions or to register contact Nancy Machaj:  nancymachaj@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and DJing    
This class will introduce students to the history of electronic dance music from the 1980’s to the present, while also teaching students the basic skills of digital DJing. Discussion will include the major artists, players and innovators of each decade and their role in the evolution of EDM. Using the Djay app, students will learn rhythmic concepts and how to manipulate and combine tracks in a musically satisfying way. Compatible controllers and equipment for the Djay app will be discussed. By the end of the course, students will each have recorded their own mix to be played during the final class meeting. Equipment needed: Headphones or earbuds and a Mac laptop (OS X 10.6.6 or later) or an iPad (iOS 4.3 or later). 

**Please note: students may register individually or collaborate in pairs: If collaborating as a pair, students may share a laptop or an iPad and split the cost of the Djay app. However, all students registered are expected to pay the $40 class fee.

Class is taught by: Ezra Escobar is a 13-year-old life learner who composes and produces EDM under the artist name “1stAge”.  He has arranged music for two EDGE youth theater productions, “Beowulf” and “Robin Hood and Mary’s Men”. He also composed music for the summer production of “Calvin and Hobbes”, directed by fellow homeschooler Liam Jones. He has been studying cello since age 4. He also enjoys composing classical works for piano and strings. (Class supervised by homeschooling parent, Christine Escobar.)

Class geared toward ages: 11 and up
Class cost: $40 per student. Additionally: Separate cost of the Djay app (which is $29.99 for Mac or $19.99 for iPad) to be downloaded by the student prior to the first class meeting. **Students have the option of collaborating as a pair and splitting the cost of the Djay app if sharing an iPad or laptop.

With questions or to register contact Ezra Escobar: celloiseum@gmail.com. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for registration for *this* class will be April 11.

 

 

ASL 2
For students with a strong sign base, we will tackle ASL more in depth. More signing, more  Deaf Culture, less reviewing! You must have instructor permission for this class.

Classes are taught by: Amy Eaton  learned ASL in 1988 working with National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s “Sunshine Too”, an outreach company made up of 3 hearing and 3 Deaf actors. Based in Rochester, NY, they toured most of the US, performing for all kinds of audiences in all kinds of situations. In 1990, she moved to Chicago with comrade Peter Cook, an internationally recognized Deaf Poet. Together they taught a mix of ASL and creative drama under the auspices of Urban Gateways from 1991-1995. In 1993 Amy co-founded Nature of the Beast and directed their original “ASL Opera” adaptation of “Medea.”

Class geared toward ages: 8 years and up, parents welcome to take the class as well. (Younger folk by permission only.)
Class cost: $70 per student. $120 family pair. Drop in fee $12.

With questions or to register contact Amy Eaton: amyceaton@gmail.com. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for registration for *this* class will be April 4.

 

 

 

Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
(Note: This is a 5 week class. NO class on May 23.)           
In this class we will make the ancient Gods and Goddesses of Egypt come alive through story-telling, arts and crafts, movement, dance and our imaginations!  The richness and innovation of ancient Egypt will be our guides as we learn how this ancient civilization built, lived governed and worshiped.  Come join our fun!

Class taught by: Yoli Maya Yeh is a Yoga Therapist (VYASA, Yoga for the Special Child) and an Educator in Comparative Religions and Global Studies (MA Comparative Religious Ethics). Yoli spent twelve years of her young adulthood studying language, yoga, tantra, healing arts and meditation in India. A native of Evanston, IL, she blends her understandings of Indigenous wisdom teachings, mind-body science, yogic discipline, and play into innovative learning programs for all ages and abilities. Her recent teaching adventures in cross-cultural education work took her to Jordan, Israel, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia with 15-23 year old students challenging themselves to understand what it means to be a Global Citizen. (More info at: www.yogawithyoli.com)

Class geared toward ages: 5-10 years. Class cost is $60 for the 5 week session. Drop-in fee of $10.

With questions or to register contact Yoli Maya Yeh: kokypus@yahoo.com; Ph 847-505-5947.

 

 

 

 

Fantasy Literature
If you love fantasy literature, or would just like to try reading and talking about it, this class will show you what is behind all the “dungeons and dragons” or science-fiction elements of many popular novels, movies and games you see today.  Students’ choices from the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L’Engle will be read in excerpts (you can read all you like of the novel on your own time) and discussed over the six classes.  We will talk about what these stories tell us about having the strength of mind to stand up for your moral beliefs and values against the threats and temptations of various kinds of villainy.  We may even be convinced that the books are better than the movies!

Class is taught by: Lon West has taught literature at the high-school and college level for many years.  He has always loved fantasy literature and has repeatedly introduced students to such classics as Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet and L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.                               

Class geared toward ages:  12 – 16.
Class cost: $65 per student.

With questions or to register contact Lon West: lgwest2000@yahoo.com:  605-377-3730.

 

 

 

11:00AM – 12:00PM
 

 

 

Music and Movement
Your kids ages 3-6 will have fun with both making and listening to music, as well as moving around and working on those large muscle movements.
We will dance, sing, play, try out yoga positions, experiment with instruments, and generally have a good time. This will be structured like a Kindermusik or Music Together class, with easy to learn songs, time to make noise, and freedom to move around. 

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

Class geared towards ages: 3-6 years.
Class cost: $45 per person plus a $10 supply fee. $10 drop-in fee.

With questions or to register contact Nancy Machaj:  nancymachaj@gmail.com.

 

Beading Kandi with Jack
Kandi jewelry is beaded friendship bracelets taken to the EXTREME! Learn how to bead your own bracelets, cuffs, patterned cuffs and decorative peyote that can be hung on your wall, made into a necklace or sewn onto your clothes! Create jewelry with your favorite characters! Students will learn both the peyote and multi stitch. Unfamiliar with kandi beading? Check out this website: www.kandipatterns.com/kandi-photos/view/all

Class taught by: Jack is a 16 year old lifetime homeschooler who has been making kandi jewelry for the past 3 years. Jack has had great success selling his work and would like to share it with others. When he’s not making kandi he can be found altering his apparel that his mother paid good money for and listening to happy hardcore.

Class geared toward ages: 8 years and older.
Class cost: $35 per person, plus a supply fee of $15-25 out of pocket expense for supplies. Students will purchase their own supplies per preference/project.”

With questions or to register contact Jack Johnston: lovehateobliterate@yahoo.com. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for registration for *this* class will be April 12.

 

 

Sculpey Advanced
We are kicking it up a notch with this fun hobby and craft! This session, students will be split into groups to collaboratively build something grand! Will it be a grocery store? A library? A museum? We shall see! The construct will be provided, supplies will be provided, as well as brief helping guidelines. But the design will all be the collective groups work. Students will have five and half classes to work on all of the minute details and the AJCW community will vote for a winner! Winners will go home with every Sculpey crafters dream! Come on out and enjoy this skill with others, share techniques, and gain new skills from instructor, Dahlia Jarjusey. At the end, each child will take home the individual miniatures they made to go into the large creation (after display and voting). Looking forward to creating miniatures BIG with you!

Class is taught by: Dahlia Jarjusey is an unschooler and pure artist. Her Sculpey skills are vast, detailed, advanced and all self-taught. She loves to share her techniques and skills with anyone interested in learning. (Class supervised by parent Amy Jarjusey.)

Class geared toward ages: 7 years and older.
Class cost: $40 (cost includes $15 supply fee).
Prerequisites: The desire to work on small miniatures and/or the willingness to learn new techniques. Previous Sculpey classes or experience not necessary, but the desire to learn to create small is.

With question or to register contact Amy Jarjusey: mommy@nakitababy.com

 

 

 

Minecraft Club    
This session, we will have a dedicated Minecraft server on which we can all play collectively. Those who would like to learn about any particular aspect of Minecraft will be taught by Kaidin Jarjusey and Henry Kopp. Come join the fun as we explore various mod packs including Feed The Beast, spend a lot of time doing freeplay, and have too much fun.

Class is taught by: Kaidin Jarjusey and Henry Kopp – unschoolers and Minecrafters extraordinaire. (Supervised by parents Amy Jarjusey and Martha Campbell.)

Class geared toward ages: 7 to 14 years – newcomers and experienced gamers all welcome.
Class cost: $20 per student.
Prerequisites for this class: Need to have laptop running Minecraft.

 

With questions or to register contact Amy Jarjusey: mommy@nakitababy.com 

 

 

 

Circus Yoga
(Note: This is a 5 week class. NO class on May 23.)
CircusYoga is a whole lot of fun balled up into this one-hour class. We will build our basic circus and yogic skills while learning to Juggle, do Partner Acrobatics, Hula Hoop, Clown and more! CircusYoga uses the poses and philosophy of yoga combined with the expression and skills of circus plus whatever each unique individual brings to the fun.  This class will culminate in a performance for the AJCW community.  This class is open for those who are new or took CircusYoga in the prior session.  Come join the Circus!    

Class taught by: Yoli Maya Yeh is a Yoga Therapist (VYASA, Yoga for the Special Child) and an Educator in Comparative Religions and Global Studies (MA Comparative Religious Ethics). Yoli spent twelve years of her young adulthood studying language, yoga, tantra, healing arts and meditation in India. A native of Evanston, IL, she blends her understandings of Indigenous wisdom teachings, mind-body science, yogic discipline, and play into innovative learning programs for all ages and abilities. Her recent teaching adventures in cross-cultural education work took her to Jordan, Israel, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia with 15-23 year old students challenging themselves to understand what it means to be a Global Citizen. (More info at: www.yogawithyoli.com)

Class geared toward ages: 10 years and up.
Class cost is $50 for the 5 week session. Drop in fee of $10.

With questions or to register contact Yoli Maya Yeh: kokypus@yahoo.com; Ph 847-505-5947.

 

 

 

Creative Writing
Alternate Worlds: Imagine a world where you run into your other self, where you can travel back in time and change the future, or an alternate universe where you and the people you know live, but events have occurred differently.  Celebrate diverse possibilities and walk into a different time and place, using the power of your imagination, as we both read and write stories on these themes.  Each week, after discussing a new example story, there will be a note-taking and brainstorming session, after which we will look at students’ own stories.  Homework (which has no maximum or minimum amount — just remember that we need time to read your story aloud) will involve writing as much as you can of your story before the next class.

 Class taught by: Lon West is an avid writer and reader whose M. A. was earned with a “creative thesis” (a novel).  He has taught two high-school creative writing classes and his students have won prizes in several contests.     

Class geared toward ages: 12-16 years.
Class cost: $65 per student.

 With questions or to register contact Lon West: lgwest2000@yahoo.com:  605-377-3730.

 

 

 

12:00PM – 12:45PM – LUNCH BREAK

 

 

12:45PM – 1:45PM

 

Book Making Write Now           
Whether you want to make a memorable scrapbook heirloom of photos, eventful comic book, or improve your handwriting skills, this class has something for everyone. Each student will create their very own scrapbook using photos from home or comic book that will capture their special thoughts and stories. For students who want to improve their handwriting technique, this class will emphasize formation of PRINT or CURSIVE letters and numbers using the award winning Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum while creating a treasured heirloom.  With scissors, paper, special scrapbooking tools, and imagination students will create a one-of-a-kind reflection of themselves. More information about “Handwriting Without Tears” can be found at  www.HWTears.com and http://handwritingtutor.blogspot.com/.

Class taught by: Tiffany Powers-Reid is a registered licensed occupational therapist. She obtained her bachelor of science in occupational therapy from Boston University in 1994. As a therapist, Tiffany has been teaching handwriting throughout her career. She is Handwriting Without Tears®  and Loop and Other Group trained. She has also received Level 1 Certification as handwriting specialist from Handwriting Without Tears® . Tiffany started Write Now Handwriting Services out of her desire to equip parents and their children with tools to write with ease and confidence.                               

Class geared toward ages: 6 years and older.
Class cost: $70 per student.

With questions or to register contact Tiffany Powers-Reid: writenow.reid@gmail.com; 773-507-5076.

 

 

 

 

Spanish 3-7     
This Spanish immersion class will focus on building vocabulary and basic communication skills through songs, games, and movement.

Class taught by: Andrew Yearick has been teaching Spanish in the city for 7 years to kids from toddlers to adults, and has a degree in Education from Lock Haven University with concentrations in Spanish and German.  When not teaching Spanish, Andrew pursues an artistic career as a musician and actor.  He uses all of those skills in the classroom, and always enjoys his time with the kids.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Class geared toward ages: 3-7 years.
Class cost: $75 per student. $20 sibling discount. $15 drop-in fee.

With questions or to register contact Andrew Yearick: andrew.yearick@gmail.com. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for registration for *this* class will be April 11.

 

 

 

Beginning Felting     
Beginning Felting is an introductory course in which participants will learn a brief history of felting and then start right away on projects they can complete in class (or finish easily at home if necessary) each week: Weeks one and two will include wet felt beads and rope (with subsequent jewelry or art projects), weeks three and four will include wet felt balls and small vessels (with subsequent projects as well), week five will include discussion and ideas about incorporating these skills into another, more complex project, and week six will introduce needle felting.  This is meant to be a fun, experiential class where a feeling for the transformation of wool into felt is a tactile, emotional, intellectual and enjoyable art form.                          

Class taught by: Karen Bigg is mother to Sophia age 9, and step-mom to Zack and Lexi ages 20 and 24.  My work and passion is in the social service field where I work with at-risk youth and adults.  In that capacity I started a youth drop-in with several at-risk youth peers.  I have a BS degree from Columbia College, half a Masters of Social Work degree from UIC and spent three years in a part-time program for Waldorf teaching in Chicago.

Class geared toward ages: Loosely 6 years and over.         Class cost: $62 per student.  $52 subsequent family members. (Cost includes the $12 supply fee.) Drop-in fee $5.

With questions or to register contact Karen Bigg: kstancz@attglobal.net; text or call: 773-860-1803

 

 

 

The Basics of Amigurumi (Crocheted Stuffed Toys)           
In this class you will be introduced to the world of Amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed toys. We will focus on crocheting small animals.  Students will get to choose which animals to crochet.  Beginner or advanced students welcome.                           

Class taught by:  Dahlia Mella-Goris is a self-taught crochet artist.  She has extensive experience crocheting stuffed toys and accessories.  She’s excited to share her designs with others. (Class supervised by homeschooling parent Marisol Mella). 

Class geared toward which ages? Ages 8 and up.
Class cost : $60 (Includes $15 supply fee). Drop in fee of $10.

 With questions or to register contact Dahlia Mella-Goris: dahliamellagoris@rocketmail.com.

 

 

 

Knitting Time – FULL!!! (This class is now full. Please check back next session! Thanks!)
(Note: This class runs for 2 hours. 12:45p – 3p)

This is more of a club than a class.  In this session students can come and have independent knitting time where they are working on the project of their choice and Denyse will act as a guide, facilitator, and troubleshooter.  This is a good time to try a project that you are capable of completing but is challenging.  This is not a class for the beginning knitter.                  

Class taught by: Denyse Ffrench has been knitting since 2003. Her professional life has nothing to do with knitting, but that doesn’t stop her from doing it a lot. I am sure you have seen her sitting and knitting at various locations.

 

Class geared toward ages: 9 years – adult. 8 person maximum.
Class cost: $40 class fee. Participants will purchase their own materials.
Prerequisites for this class: Must have finished knitting 101 and/or 102 with Denyse, or have knitting experience.

With questions or to register contact Denyse Ffrench: denyse.ffrench@gmail.com. (PAYPAL accepted for this class.)

 

 

 

Drama and Talent Show Extravaganza
Calling all talented peoples for this multi-faceted extravaganza! This class will run much like the lil’s drama class that ran a session ago. Three drama stories will be chosen, either via a well-known storybook, folklore or fable… OR children will collaboratively create a story of their own to act out. Children will be hands-on building sets, developing scripts, creating costumes and more! Between each of the drama skits there will be an opportunity to feature our amazing kids and each of their amazing talents. No talent will be turned away, so just ask Amy about your special talent and we will find a way to put it in the show! Performance date will be May 23rd at 6:30pm. Take a break at the end of the day to run out for dinner or feel free to stay for a potluck style AJCW community dinner. Come on back for an amazing drama and talent show in the auditorium! All proceeds raised via the performance will be donated to a charity of the children’s choosing.

Class is organized and led by Amy Jarjusey, unschooling mother of four, passionate about letting children express themselves, especially through the arts.

Class geared toward ages: 3 years on up to adult! Families may even like to perform together?!
Class cost: $40 per person. $65 max per family. (Price includes a supply fee of $20.)

With questions or to register contact Amy Jarjusey: mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

  

 

Speech/Debate
At many points in life, we are called upon to give speeches.  In this class, students will learn and practice all aspects of public speaking — topic choice and research, voice projection, stage presence, and speaking from the right number of notes — to help them become comfortable with this needlessly-feared activity.  Over the six-week period, each student will prepare and deliver two 5-10-minute speeches.  One will be informative and one persuasive (not argumentative, i.e. not on “hot-button” political issues), after which we will introduce debate-competition and parliamentary-procedure rules and enact a mini-debate on selected topics.  Talk about your interests and passions — how they impact you, how they can benefit others — or your personal aspirations, and enjoy learning from the speeches of others.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Class taught by: Lon West has taught speech, debate, and drama for years at high-school  level, and speech to college students learning English.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Class geared toward ages: 12-16 years.
Class cost: $65 per student.

With questions or to register contact Lon West: lgwest2000@yahoo.com:  605-377-3730.

 

 

 

2:00PM -3:00PM

 


Toddler Handwriting Letter Adventures  
    
      
Toddler Handwriting Adventure Classes emphasizes letter formation using the award winning Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and multi-sensory strategies for 2 to 4 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 and gross 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 a solid foundation 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” can be found at ww.HWTears.com and http://handwritingtutor.blogspot.com/.              

Class taught by: Tiffany Powers-Reid is a registered licensed occupational therapist. She obtained her bachelor of science in occupational therapy from Boston University in 1994. As a therapist, Tiffany has been teaching handwriting throughout her career. 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 – 4 years old.
Class cost: $60 per student. Supply, not included: $10 per student. Drop-in fee $10.

 With questions or to register contact: Tiffany Powers-Reid: writenow.reid@gmail.com: 773-507-5076.

 

 

 

Spanish 8-12      
This is a Spanish immersion class for 8-12 year-olds which will focus on communication, both in speaking and writing.  Emphasis will be games, songs, and conversation, with a reading and writing component to each class, all in Spanish.

Class taught by: Andrew Yearick has been teaching Spanish in the city for 7 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:  8 – 12 years.
Class cost: $75 per student. $20 sibling discount. $15 drop-in fee. No supply fee paid to teacher, but students are asked to purchase the workbook below: http://www.amazon.com/Spanish-Middle-School-Skills-Success/dp/088724758X

With questions or to register contact Andrew Yearick: andrew.yearick@gmail.com. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for registration for *this* class will be April 11.

 

 

                                                               

Introduction to Chainmaille                   
Come learn how to open, close and weave metal rings to make chainmaille jewelry or other objects. Chainmaille has gone from being used to clothe and protect King Arthur’s knights to being used to create some of the most beautiful jewelry there is. We will start with the very basics – how to open and close metal rings nearly seamlessly – and then we will be making and creating a variety of pieces using copper metal rings.

If you are not sure what chainmaille is or how beautiful it can be, here are a couple of links:

http://www.rebecamojica.com/gallery/image/poseidons-embrace-full-view – The most amazing thing I’ve ever seen – Rebeca owns Blue Buddha Boutique in Chicago which sells chainmailling supplies and also sells her own line of creations.

http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/b3/projects – This should give you some idea of what you might expect to be able to make. We’ll make the Wiggle (Mobius) first and then move on to some more intricate weaves.

Class taught by: Martha Campbell who has been interested in chainmaille for several years and have taken classes from many of the best chainmaillers in the country. I would be delighted to teach you what I know and help you create whatever you wish to weave with small metal rings.                                                                      

 
Class geared toward ages: 7 years to adult.
Class cost: $30 per student, plus a supply fee of $25. (I’m willing to lend pliers to those who need them, but please register as soon as you can so I can procure enough before the first class. Supply fee includes enough copper rings and clasps to make several great pieces of jewelry and have a lot of fun exploring the possibilities.)

Prerequisites for this class:  No experience necessary. All it takes is fine motor skills and a little patience. If you have your own jewelry making tools, please let me know. We will be using two pairs of pliers – either two flat-nose or one flat-nose and one chain-nose without serrations.

 

With questions or to register contact Martha Campbell: campbellkopp@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Mixed Media & Beyond!
This is a fun, high-energy and creative art class. Each week there is a new project that combines multiple materials and skills. Join the class and learn techniques used in Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Bookmaking and Drawing. Themes vary from personal experiences, abstract concepts, fancy landscapes, to Japanese Carp kites! So get ready to stamp sponges, squirt crazy-paint, or brush ink! All projects are tailored to meet the individual’s skill level.

Class taught by:  Charisse Antonopoulos is a homeschooling mom, who has a MFA in Book & Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a MA in Printmaking from The University of Alabama. She has taught Art History, Typography, Printmaking, and Drawing at college level. Charisse currently teaches Collage, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Bookmaking, and Puppetry to children of all ages.

Class geared toward ages: 7 years and up.
Class cost: $75 per student. (Includes a $15 supply fee.) Drop-in fee $16.

With questions or to register contact Charisse Antonopoulos: charisse39@gmail.com. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for registration for *this* class will be April 15.

 

 

 

 

Traditional Taekwon-do            
Participants will learn courtesies and customs, techniques and application of traditional Taekwon-do.                                                                                  

Class taught by: Tim Peebles is a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwon-do and a red belt (black stripe) in Hapkido, two Korean martial arts. For the last four years he has been an instructor in Connelly’s Academy of Martial Arts. He is also a certified Kidpower instructor, teaching “people safety skills” to young people.

 
Class geared toward ages: 7 years and up.
Class cost: $12 per class, with 25% discount for siblings. Uniforms are available for $30-70, depending on size.

 
With questions or to register contact Timothy Peebles: tjpeebles@gmail.com; cell: 773-273-5401. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for registration for *this* class will be April 18.

 

 

 

Guided Meditation & Conversation (for Mommies of any Age)
(Note: This class runs for 4 weeks. NO classes on May 16th or 23rd.)
A guided meditation designed to offer you focus, relaxation, and enlightenment on your path to finding your true purpose. You may be amazed at what you discover.

 Class taught by: Yvonnie DuBose, a writer and Homeschooling mom. 
Class geared toward ages: 16 years – adult.
Class cost: $20 per person.

With questions or to register contact Yvonnie DuBose: yvonnies@theschoolwithin.com.

 

 

 

 

3:15PM – 4:15PM

 

 

Riot Grrlz
Our days will consist of a self-awareness workshop geared towards attachment feminism to awaken the inner movement of female empowerment. We will learn from each other and grow together as stronger selves and sisters. Our time spent will be diverse, inclusive and sprayed with music, art (Zine making: a process we will complete at the closing of our session or as the projects pull together; one or more are possible) liberal topic discussion introduced by pre-chosen and carry along articles and spontaneous debates. Our time together will be girl-driven and with luck sparked with energy, compassion, fire and love. My role as facilitator is to assist with barriers and momentum. I am very proud to be able to congregate these emotions as a model for liberation and bringing these ideas to a more compact lifestyle: Feminism.

Class taught by: By mami of four Unschoolers: Ecclectic, Independant, Ethnocentric, Loud Mouth, Rambler, Emylee Delgado.

Class geared towards ages: 9 to 14 years (and open). Girls should be willing to share, speak and bring all they have. Our strengths could be within or immediate, together we will work to find our paths.
Class cost: $65 singular, $100 pair.

With questions or to register contact Emily Delgado: cosmicjustice@rocketmail.com.

 

 

Clothing Design and Creation
Do you like to play around with fabric?  Do you have an idea in your head of something you want to wear that you can’t find (or afford) anywhere?  Do you find yourself looking at outfits and thinking of ways to make them better?  Come with an idea, or come in search of an idea!  Each student will select a project to take from concept to completion; we will sketch our ideas, turn them into detailed designs, measure the intended wearer and work to ensure a good fit, select fabric, cut the fabric, assemble, and trouble-shoot any problems that have developed.  In 6 short weeks, we’ll take the project of your dreams from an idea in your head to something you can show off to others!  Students should already have basic sewing skills, although improved sewing techniques and tips can be discussed along the way.  Class fee will include a trip to a local fabric store with the instructor at a mutually agreeable time outside of class, if desired.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Class taught by: Newt Sherwin has been sewing for 30 years and constructing clothing of her own imagining for 10 years, from pajamas and simple elastic skirts to maternity/nursing dresses and elaborate Renaissance Faire costumes, and enjoys introducing others to the fun of clothing design.

Class geared toward ages:  Child to adult; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Class cost: $75 per student; additional family members $60 each.  Accompanying adults who will not be working on their own design are free. Class fee includes the instructor’s assistance in selecting any additional supplies, fabric, etc. at a local fabric store outside of class time.
Supply fee:  $10 per student to cover incidentals (thread, elastic, snaps, hooks, etc.).  Two sewing machines will be available during class for use; students are also welcome to bring their own machines or to complete their sewing at home or by hand.  Students should expect to provide or purchase their own fabric.

With questions or to register contact Newt Sherwin: nsherwin@ameritech.net: (708) 307-2820.

                                                                                                                               

 

 

Boys Club – FULL!!! (This class is now full. Please check back next session! Thanks!)      
Boys Club will be a space for the boys of our homeschool community to come together and work on “boyhood” skills. Last session our group worked on things such as “The world’s best paper airplane”, handmade bow and arrows and other traditional activities long forgotten in this technology age.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Class taught by: Andrea Bukiewicz  is an unschooling mother of an adventurous boy and long-time explorer. Her meager experience includes co-leading Girl Scouts in the past and hosting parents while her husband led NUG boys club a few years back. Rest assured, a woman running a boys club will be rad, especially when its tag teamed by her son.                                                                                                                  

Class geared toward ages: 6 to 10 years.       
Class cost: $45 per boy.

With questions or to register contact Andrea Bukiewicz: thebarefootdoula@gmail.com; text 773.964.6096.

 

 

P.I.L. Playing Is Learning Modular Educational Game Workshops – Make your own game in 3 easy steps
(NOTE: This class will run 3 weeks: April 18th, April 25th and May 2nd.)
Playing Is Learning (P.I.L) has developed a game kit that contains 7 templates that are used to create educational games.  These game templates make it simple to develop educational games in any language, in any subject, and at any level of difficulty. The games are graphically pleasing and professionally made. 

The process of creating these games develops the students learning abilities in areas such as focus on detail, categorization, collaboration, and self-direction. In addition the student can develop social skills such as team work, assertiveness, respect for other peoples work, and negotiation.  These games can be used as a part of teaching, reinforcement, review, and assessment, and/or measurement of knowledge of a new subject. 

The workshop will include the following aspects of the program:

1. Use of learning games as a way to establish active learning.
2. Practice using kit and materials to produce a games.

This course will take 3 class in the session. (3 weeks running April 18th, April 25th and May 2nd.)
Please see for more details: www.pilgames.com

Class taught by: Yigal Kakon   
Class geared toward ages:  9-14 years or 5-8 years with a parent.
Class cost: $30. Supply fee is additional $10.

With questions or to register contact Yigal Kakon: igalior@hotmail.com.

 

  

Wee Play!
Our wee-ones need a club and play time where they can hang out and burn off some energy at the end of a long day! This play club will be organized in a fashion that kids have freedom to play with each other in self-initiated games, but Amy (the facilitator) will be coming with new games each week to teach and play. We all need a little Freeze Tag, Red Rover, and Red-light Green-light in our lives! Come on out for some fun times with new and growing friendships.

Class facilitated by: Amy Jarjusey, unschooling mom of four who believes play is essential for all life-learners.

Class geared towards ages: 3 – 6 years.
Class cost: $30 per child.

With questions or to register contact Amy Jarjusey: mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

 

 

 

Logical Thinking
(Note: This class runs for 4 weeks. NO classes on May 16th or 23rd.)
A fun, game filled hour of logical challenges.  There will be team activities, individual “testing” (I quote because there is no grading or pressure, it is simply a way for your child to check their own resources for independent problem solving), lively discussions, and lots of problem solving.(Instructional class will run four weeks with a logic exam administered the 5th week.)               

Class taught by: Yvonnie DuBose, a writer and Homeschooling mom.  She has 20 years of experience as a tutor (including afterschool programs for CPS) and 15 years of experience developing and teaching curriculum.

Class geared toward ages: 10-16 years.
Class cost: $45 per student. $10 discount on multiple students from one family.

With questions or to register contact Yvonnie DuBose: yvonnies@theschoolwithin.com.

  

 

TIME / ROOM

ROOM 1

ROOM  2

ROOM 3

9:45a -10:45a

JOURNALISM 101

(8 -12 YRS.)
 
 

WEE EXPLORE (ART)

(3 – 6 YRS.)
  10AM   -10:45AM
 
 

ARTIST TRADING CARD MAKING   & TRADING

(6 YRS.- ADULT)

11:00a – 12:00p

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
(3-6 YRS.)

 

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
(3-6 YRS.)
   
  

BEADING KANDI WITH JACK
(8 – YRS.++)

 

12:00p – 12:45p

LUNCH –ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH –ROOM CLOSED

 

LUNCH – ROOM CLOSED

12:45p – 1:45p

BOOK MAKING WRITE NOW

(6 YRS.++)

SPANISH

(3 – 7 YRS.)
 
 

BEGINNING FELTING

(6 YRS. – ADULT)

 

2:00p – 3:00p

TODDLER HANDWRITING LETTER ADVENTURES

(2 – 4 YRS.)

 

SPANISH

(8 – 12 YRS.)
 
 

INTRO TO CHAINMAILLE

(7 YRS. – ADULT)

3:15p – 4:15p

ROOM CLOSED

RIOT GRRLZ

(8 YRS. ++)

CLOTHING DESIGN &   CREATION

(8 YRS. – ADULT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

TIME / ROOM

ROOM 3

COMMUNITY RM.

LIBRARY

9:45a -10:45a

ARTIST TRADING CARD MAKING   & TRADING

(6 YRS.- ADULT)

ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC   (EDM) & DJing

(11 YRS. ++)

ASL 2

(8 – 12 YRS.)

11:00a – 12:00p

BEADING KANDI WITH JACK
(8 YRS. ++) 

 

SCULPEY ADVANCED!

(7 YRS. ++)

MINECRAFT CLUB
  (7 – 14 YRS.)

12:00p – 12:45p

LUNCH – ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH – ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH – ROOM CLOSED

12:45p – 1:45p

INTRO TO MONTESSORI

(TEEN – ADULT)

 

 

THE BASICS OF AMIGURUMI

 ( 8 YRS++)

KNITTING TIME 

(9 YRS. – ADULT)

2:00p – 3:00p

INTRO TO CHAINMAILLE

(7 YRS. – ADULT)

MIXED MEDIA & BEYOND

(7 YRS. ++)

KNITTING TIME 

(9 YRS. – ADULT) – CONTINUED

 

3:15p – 4:15p

CLOTHING DESIGN &   CREATION

(8 YRS. – ADULT)

 

BOYS’ CLUB
  (6 -10 YRS.)

PLAY IS LEARNING WORKSHOPS (9 YRS. ++ OR 5-8 YRS. WITH ADULT)   
   
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME / ROOM

LIBRARY

AUDITORIUM

UPSTAIRS

9:45a -10:45a

ASL 2

(8 – 12 YRS.)

EGYPTIAN GODS &   GODDESSES

(5 – 10 YRS.)

*5 WEEKS ONLY

FANTASY LITERATURE

(12 – 16 YRS.)

11:00a – 12:00p

MINECRAFT CLUB
  (7 – 14 YRS.)

CIRCUS YOGA

(10 -20 YRS.)

*5 WEEKS ONLY

CREATIVE WRITING

(12 – 16 YRS.)

12:00p – 12:45p

LUNCH – ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH – ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH – ROOM CLOSED

12:45p – 1:45p

KNITTING TIME 

(9 YRS. – ADULT)

DRAMA & TALENT SHOW   EXTRAVAGANZA!

(3 YRS – ADULT)

 

SPEECH/DEBATE

(12 – 16 YRS.)

2:00p – 3:00p

KNITTING TIME 

(9 YRS. – ADULT) – CONTINUED

TAEKWON-DO

(7+ YRS.)

GUIDED MEDITATION &   CONVERSATION

(16 YRS. – ADULT)

*4 WEEKS ONLY

 

3:15p – 4:15p

PLAY IS LEARNING WORKSHOPS
(9 YRS. ++ OR 5-8 YRS. WITH ADULT)
  

WEE PLAY!

(3 – 6 YRS.)

LOGICAL THINKING
  (10 – 16 YRS.)

*4 WEEKS ONLY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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