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AJCW Winter 2014 – Session 1

 AJ Collective Workshops (AJCW) Session 1 Winter 2014 Schedule
January 9th through February 13th

Registration happens directly with the instructor of the workshop.
Please read the description through and find contact information of each of the teachers at the end of the description. All classes are held on Thursdays at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL.
General questions can be answered by emailing: mommy@nakitababy.com.

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Thanks much and see you at AJCW soon!
                                                                                                                                                      

Lego Creators – ** CLASS IS FULL ** (Please check back next session!!)
9:00am – 10:00am
Do you have a young Lego enthusiast in your household? This fun class will be taking a look at engineering Legos into both individual and group projects. The first 15-20 minutes will begin with free-building time and then the class will be veered into directive projects. Each week one project will be directed and assisted by the Lego leader (Kaidin). Some projects include: mini train engines, mini cranes, community castle build, and more! At the end of class, pictures will be captured of the amazing builds and then projects dismantled and left in the Lego supply for the following week. Legos are provided each week and there will be no take home projects. (Building and dismantling happen within class. And please do not bring personal Legos to class.) Class is limited to 8 (maximum) Lego creators.

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

Class geared toward ages: 4-8 year olds.
Class cost per student: $50 (includes supply fee).
Drop-in fee: $10, *only* if the class is not at full capacity. Check in with instructor prior to drop-in is *required.

To register, or with questions, please contact Lego creator mom, Amy Jarjusey at: mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

Advanced Skillz Sculpey
9:00am – 10:00am
Sculpey Advanced is back! This coming six week session we will cover even more advanced skills such as: working with silicone, bottle cap pies, treasure boxes, miniature plates, pens and pizzas with paint! Are you ready?! Lots of fun to be had with this continuation. Class is for the advanced student. Must have attended at least two of Dahlia’s previous clay classes, or have super advanced self-honed skills. Class is limited to a maximum of 8 Sculpey artists.

Instructor Information: Dahlia Jarjusey is an unschooled tween who has had a passion for Sculpey miniature making for several years now. She has been offering classes at AJCW for over a year now, and is often known to others as Jani Potoo (The Clay Baker). You can find Jani Potoo on Facebook and on Etsy for a sneak peak of her fabulous work.

Class geared toward ages: 9 years and older.
Class cost per student: $60 (includes supply fee).
No drop-ins for this class.
Prerequisite: Must have attended at least two of Dahlia’s previous classes at AJCW, or have advanced self-honed skills.

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

 

George vs. George:  The American Revolution            
9:00am – 10:00am
Let’s discover what was happening in the “new world” during the American Revolution: 

  • seeds of discontent – the causes,
  • patriots vs. loyalists – the leaders,
  • allies and enemies – the soldiers,
  • papers, papers, papers – the authors,
  • turning points – the battles , and
  • peace, kind of – the aftermath. 

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

Instructors Information: Dawn Haley is a mother of four and avid history and political science buff and student.  She has Bachelor Degrees in both History and Political Science, as well as a Masters Degree in Political Science and her law degree as well.  She believes that the purpose of any education is learning to ask the right questions.  

Kate Brandt is a homeschool mom and a lawyer.

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

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

 

Sculpture 
9:00am – 10:00am
This session will begin with a discussion about how shape, form, negative and positive space impacts sculpture. We will begin exploring the concepts using modeling clay. Then we will move on to other sculpture materials including paper, foam board, wood and wire.                         

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

Class geared toward ages: 6 – 10 years.
Class cost per student: $75 (supplies included)
Drop-in: No drop-ins for this class.

To register, or with questions, please contact Joyce Elias at: krinklebein@aol.com or (cell) 847-337-6212, (home) 847-475-7992. 

 

 

Comic Book Making
9:00am – 10:00am
Explore the world of comic book making! You’ll get to develop your own individual characters, learn how to create your own drawing styles and how to tell a story with pictures. Comic books are not just about superheroes and action, in this class you can learn about how to make a comics about your life or anything you want! Kids will go home with a professionally printed copy of their final work.

Instructor Information: Gaby Billings has been unschooled all her life, she loves to read, write and draw and currently is employed at two comic book stores.

Class geared toward ages: 10 years and up.
Class cost per student: $70 (fee includes drawing supplies and professional printing).
Drop-in: No drop-ins for this class.

To register, or with questions, please contact Juli Walter: juliwalter.billings@gmail.com.

 

 
Beginning Guitar Class- Continuing Session     
9:00am – 10:00am
In this class students will learn how to play guitar, with a focus on single-note melody songs, chords, and basic right and left hand technique. Students will learn a variety of styles of music, and will learn to play using both a pick and the right hand fingers to pluck the strings. No prior experience or note-reading is needed. An acoustic guitar is recommended but not required. Students who participated in the last session are welcome as well as new students. If you have any questions about whether this class would be a good fit for you student, please feel free to send me an email.

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

Class geared toward ages: 8-12 years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Drop-in fee: $10.
Prerequisites for this class:  No, being in the previous session is not required, but if you have any questions or concerns about your students ability level please send me an e-mail.

To register, or with questions, please contact Brian Riggs at: brianlriggs@gmail.com, (773) 954- 7893.

 

Little Dioramas
10:10am – 11:10am

Our goal is to bring to life a shadow box each class. I am fascinated with world of miniatures and would like to enjoy other minds works. Our last day of this grouping we will have a gallery viewing and show our skills in the world of our imagination. Subjects will include Under the Sea, City scrapes, Animalia etc…

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

Class geared towards ages: 4-7 years (and open).
Class cost per student: $55 singular, $100 pair.
Supply fee: Additional $15.
Drop-in fee: $15 with prior instructor consent only.

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

 

 

The History of Advertising
10:10am – 11:10am
This class will examine advertising. We will begin with a historical approach, looking at developments in advertising over the last 200 years. We will then take a “How does it work?” approach, looking at ads in their various media, and how the possibilities and the limits of those media create the ad. We will look for continuities in advertising over time and across media, and we will make predictions about future ads.

Instructor Information: My name is Ben Huizenga. I’m a bookseller for Half Price Books. I read a lot of history and enjoy talking about what I read. That’s my main prompt for teaching about advertising, because the history of advertising is a mirror of the last 200 years. I’m also fascinated by advertising’s relative invisibility in our lives, and how examining a single ad can expose a tremendous amount of sophisticated messaging.

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

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

 

 

Rock Band Class – Everybody Rocks
10:10am – 11:10am
Students are encouraged to experiment with the different instruments comprised in rock band classes including guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals. As students learn the basic components of music making in a group setting, they also gain skills valuable outside of the rock and roll classroom such as listening and team playing. No instrument purchase necessary. All experience levels welcome. Check out the Everybody Rocks website http://www.everybodyrocks.net for more about our classes.

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

Class geared toward ages: 5-11
Class cost per student: $84 ($120 total for a sibling pair).
Drop-in fee: $20.
Prerequisites: All skills welcome. No experience or instrument purchase necessary.

To register or with questions, please contact Nathan at: 312-576-1126 or Nathan@EverybodyRocks.net.      

 

 

Life Drawing
10:10am – 11:10am
Students will learn life drawing concepts by drawing a variety of still life set-ups and objects from nature. We will be using graphite pencils, colored pencils and ink in order to experiment with contour drawing, shading, overlapping forms and solid forms.

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

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.
Class cost per student: $75 (supplies included).
No drop-ins for this class.

To register, or with questions, please contact Joyce Elias: krinklebein@aol.com, or (cell) 847-337-6212, (home) 847-475-7992.

 

Knitting with Cables
10:10am – 11:10am
This class will focus on learning and using cable patterns in knitting.  We will make a hat, cowl or both with a cable pattern.  If we have time we will also learn stitch patterns, like seed stitch, mistake stitch, and herringbone.  This class is for anyone who already knows how to knit.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Instructor Information: Denyse has been teaching knitting at AJCW for a year.    

Class geared toward ages: 9+ years.
Class cost per student: $60. 
Supply fee: Additional $15 supply fee.  When you register you will get a list of the supplies needed.  You might already have what you need.  If you will be providing your own supplies the supply fee will be waived.
No drop-ins for this class.
Prerequisites: Students must already know how to knit and purl.

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

 

Intro to Belly Dance
10:10am – 11:10am
Belly Dancing, or Middle Eastern dance, is a century’s old, beautiful dance tradition.  It is a joyful dance most often shared among women and girls.  In this class students will learn the basic dance vocabulary found in traditional Middle Eastern dance.  We will spend time in each class with a good warm up and stretch, explore new movements and put those movements together into repeatable combinations.   We’ll explore some of the basic rhythms of classical Egyptian dance music, and have some fun with silk veils and jingly hip scarves.   This class is suitable for bodies of all types.

Instructor Information: Lori Upchurch has been studying and practicing Belly Dance for the last decade and a half, and often comes to the re-realization that everything is always better if she just keeps dancing.   She looks forward to starting the year off dancing with others. 

Class geared toward ages:  girls and women ages 10+ years.  
Class cost per student: $50 for a 5 week class.
Drop-in fee: $15.
Prerequisites: Students should come dressed in dance clothes, and be prepared to get warm.  Yoga type pants and tank top or -shirt are perfect.  Students may like to have a note pad and paper for taking notes,

*NOTE* – This class starts a week later the beginning of the session, running January 16th for 5 weeks.

To register, or with questions, please contact Lori Upchurch at:  teamupchurch@gmail.com.

 

Lil’s Paint, Bubble & Play Dough                    
11:20am – 12:20pm                        
Each week there will be a table for bubbles, a table for play dough, and a table for painting. The littles are welcome to enjoy this time playing and creating with their friends.                                                                                                                                                                            

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

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

To register, or with questions, please contact Joanne Fortuna: Birth-doula@live.com or 773-386-3003.

 

Founding Documents: The Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights           
11:20am – 12:20pm                        
What do the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights really say?  These amazing documents have defined what our country is and how its government operates for more than 200 years.  In this class we’ll read them and understand them.  We’ll talk about the procedures these founding documents put in place and how those function today.  We’ll explore the principles enshrined in them and how they affect our daily lives.  You’re heard the hype, now read the texts.           

Instructors Information: Kate Brandt is a homeschool mom and a lawyer.

Dawn Haley is a mother of four and avid history and political science buff and student.  She has Bachelor Degrees in both History and Political Science, as well as a Masters Degree in Political Science and her law degree as well.  She believes that the purpose of any education is learning to ask the right questions.  

Class geared toward ages:  12 years and up (or by permission).
Class cost per student: $50 ($40 each additional sibling).
Supply fee: Additional $10.

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

 

Mixed Media wham bam Pop-Ups!
11:20am – 12:20pm
This class is the yin yang of creating! Learn to engineer simple and/or complex pop-up structures that are enhanced and balanced with techniques used in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and Collage. Projects include accordion and platform pop-up artist books plus other 3-dimensional relief compositions. So get ready to stamp, squirt, and build! All projects are tailored to meet the individual’s skill level.

Instructor Information: Charisse Antonopoulos, 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 classes in Mixed Media, Collage, Drawing, Painting, Kite-Making, Printmaking, Bookmaking, and Puppetry to children of all ages.

Class geared toward ages: 6 years and up.
Class cost per student: $75
Supply fee: $15 included in cost per student.
No drop-ins for this class.

To register, or with questions, please contact Charisse Antonopoulos at: charisse39@gmail.com.

 

Triple-H Club
11:20am – 12:20pm
H
omeschoolers Hobbies Heightened is a brand new class designed to allow homeschooled tweens and teens to take the reins in organizing and leading their own one or two day workshop for their peers on a favorite topic, hobby, skill or other. Participants must register to partake in the six weeks, but participants may also be inspired to run a workshop of their own in the near future! This class will continue on through May (if the interest is high enough) and so there are plenty of opportunities to lead a workshop of personal interest! The perfect opportunity to try out a teaching gig without the full six week commitment!

This coming session you will enjoy your peers teaching and leading workshops on polymer clay, sushi making, rainbow looms, felting and much more! Registration is required to participate, however only a supply fee will be collected.

Homeschooled tweens and teens who would like to run a workshop in the near future will need to (1) contact Amy to be registered to teach, (2) not need to pay a rental and not be paid to teach, but will be reimbursed their supplies through the supply fee collected by registered students, and (3) will be benefited the “instructor’s benefits” for the six-week session within which you teach your workshop.

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

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

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

 

The Electronic Gaming Club
11:20am – 12:20pm
Bring your laptop, your tablet, your handheld, your phone, or any other gaming system you have. Play your favorites games or try out something new. Play by yourself or with others. This hour is all about having fun in the electronic age – whatever you want to play, however you want to play it. 

Please let us know if you’d like to join us – we need to cap the enrollment to ensure everyone’s enjoyment. Our goal is to promote a fun, laid-back hour for everyone to just play, improve their skills, or learn a new game. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!                                                                               

Instructors Information: Henry Kopp – video game aficionado – will be playing Minecraft, SimCity, and maybe some Steam games on the laptop. He also has a Nintendo 3DS with various games.

Martha Campbell – Henry’s mother – will be in the room to help out whenever called upon

Class geared toward ages: 7 to 13 years old – ages are flexible. 
Class cost per student: $25 per student ($15 for sibling).
Drop-in fee: If space is available, $5 per student.  
Prerequisites: Must like video games         

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

 

How to Become a Global Citizen                    
11:20am – 12:20pm                        
This class will explore how the globe works (or doesn’t) through trade, economics, global governance, conflict and communications.  By learning how these systems work for people in the US, the rest of the First World and the Global South, the young people of today can be empowered to find how they can play a part.  By discovering interests and issues that excite us the massive globe becomes our own backyard.  There will be some reading for this class and participants should be prepared to discuss hot topics.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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

Class geared toward ages: 10-20 years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: Additional $12.
Drop-in fee: $10

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

 

 12:20pm – 12:50pm – Lunch Break.

All rooms are closed during the lunch break aside from (1) Lobby, (2) Garden area, (3) Community Room, and/or (4) The Auditorium.

To ensure safety in each of these areas, we have a sign up for Parent Lunch Time Supervisor Volunteers. Please see Amy (or email her at: mommy@nakitababy.com) to help out during one lunch time this coming session. Your help in keeping AJCW running smoothly is GREATLY appreciated! Thank You!!!

 

 

¡Exploramos!
12:50pm – 1:50pm
This Spanish immersion class will focus on building vocabulary and basic communication skills through songs, games, story books, and movement.

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

Class geared toward ages: 3-7 years.
Class cost per student: $75 per student/ $15 sibling discount.
Drop-in fee: $15.
Prerequisites: None.

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

 

Poetry Writing
12:50pm – 1:50pm

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

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

Class geared toward ages: 9 years and up or with instructor permission.
Class cost per student: $60 for a 5 week session (there will be NO POETRY CLASS on Feb 6) $110 for sibs.

Supply fee: Additional $5 supply fee.
Drop-in fee: $12.
Prerequisites: None.

*NOTE* – This is a five week course. Class will not meet on February 6th.

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

 

 

Your World: Deciphering and Sharing Current Events      
12:50pm – 1:50pm

We all have news blasting at us 24/7. At least it feels like it. In this world of constant information coming at us, how do we figure out what constitutes real news? Why is understanding the news important? These are some of the things we will be talking about in this workshop. We will learn about different sources of news, how to determine what information is important to us, and how to communicate with others about news stories that we care about. In doing so, students will also have the chance to practice skills in research, writing and public speaking. There will be at home work each week in the form of researching a news article in order to share it with the class. Note: there will be little censorship (if any) on news subjects covered in this class. If it is important to the kids, then we want to hear about it as well as discuss it. If you think your student might be too young for the subject matter here, we have another class where all news will be limited to kid friendly material.

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

Class geared toward ages: 9 + years.
Class cost per student: $40 per student, $20 additional siblings.
Drop-in fee: $10. Drops-ins welcome only as space allows. Please contact Jen to see if space is available.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to read and research news articles. Students must be able/willing to share their article(s), with the class. Worksheets will be provided as a guide to present with if needed.

To register, or with questions, please contact Jen Kafizov at: tikistanford@yahoo.com.

 

Art of Chain Maille II  & Wirework – A Studio Course
12:50pm – 1:50pm

This Studio class will be tailored to each student. There are many more chain maille weaves to learn and/or a variety of wireworking and beading techniques to build on from the beginner course. Chain maille armor can be studied and made.

We can explore differences in metals, wire gauges, aspect ratio, how rings are made, etc. We will learn some wireworking techniques.

Students can pick projects or do projects provided by the instructor.

Instructor Information: Martha Campbell – I love chain maille. It is beautiful and complicated but simply made one ring at a time. I’ve been interested in chain maille for years and have taken classes from many of the best maillers in the country. I would be delighted to teach you and yours what I know and help you learn to create whatever you wish to weave with metal rings.

Class geared toward: 9 years to adult (flexible).
Class cost per student: $50.
Supply fee: Because of the flexible nature of this studio class, supply fees will be determined on an individual basis. Please contact me – I can acquire most supplies below retail and will not charge any more than my actual cost.
Prerequisites: Instructor permission.

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

 

Your First Computer Program
12:50pm – 1:50pm    
Ever wonder what’s going on “under the hood” when you run an application on your computer? There’s an exciting world of special languages that computers understand, working together to show you your favorite web site or even that little calculator app off in the corner of your desktop. I’d like to invite you to get your hands dirty exploring this world of code and logic and build your first application from scratch, using a programming language called Ruby. We will be using a desktop application “framework” for Ruby, called Shoes (http://shoesrb.com/). The course will include some history of programming languages as well as an introduction to basic programming concepts. And of course, each learner will have a working desktop application to show for it!      

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

Class geared toward ages: 10+ years.
Class cost per student: $55.
Drop-in: One free drop-in only.
Prerequisites: Students are expected to provide their own laptops and should have proficiency in using a computer.

To register, or with questions, please contact David Oliver at: david@codehabit.net.

  

Around the World in 42 Days
12:50pm – 1:50pm
  
Hop into a magical hot air balloon and experience the world in this fun-time class.  Through storytelling, games, arts and crafts, discussion and dance we will explore cultures of the world and the amazing traditions they have to share.   No passport required!    

Instructor Information: 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: 4-10 years.
Class cost per student: $60.
Supply fee: Additional $12.
Drop-in fee: $10.

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

 

Riot Grrrlz!
2:00pm – 3:00pm
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. This session our Grrrlz building UUUMPH for a (video) Zineamentry exploring our worlds. Some of our current works: collaborating on a Zine of the lives of Homeschooled GRRRLZ, building a board game and the rest is under wraps… 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 Instructor: Mom of five Unschoolers: Ecclectic, Independant, Ethnocentric, Loud Mouth, Rambler, Emylee Licona.

Class geared towards ages: 9 to 14 years (and open). Girls should be willing to share, speak and bring all they have. Our strengths could be within or immediate, together we will work to find our paths.
Class cost per student: $60 singular, $100 pair.
Supply fee: Additional $10.
Drop in fee: $12

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

 


Bumps and Bruises: First Aid for Kids
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Ever wonder what to do about those everyday (and even unusual) injuries that happen to all of us? Being able to administer first aid and remaining calm in the event of an injury is a useful life skill, especially for anyone interested in babysitting. Each week we will demonstrate and practice dealing with a variety of common injuries. While no official certification will be provided to those who complete the course, having this knowledge will make future courses in CPR and first aid that much simpler.

Instructor Information: Kari Gutstein worked for years as an ICU nurse (trauma, surgery, and medical) before earning a masters’ degree and certification as a nurse anesthetist. Now she lulls her three boys to sleep without the aid of drugs, just her too-loud singing voice. Homeschooling since February, she is delighted to put down her chain maille pliers and ​knitting needles and get to know your children better.

Class cost per student: $35 per student, will arrange a sibling discount if necessary.
Supply fee: Additional $30 per student to cover the cost of gauze, ice packs, sutures (just kidding).
Drop-in fee: $15.
Prerequisites: No particular prerequisites, however, this class will involve a certain amount of medical gore, so it’s probably not recommended for the extremely squeamish.

To register, or with questions, please contact Kari Gutstein at: kgutstein@gmail.com.

 

Art of Chain Maille I – Beginning Course
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Come learn how to weave metal rings together to make chain maille. Chain maille has gone from being used to clothe and protect King Arthur’s knights to being used to create some of the most beautiful jewelry there is. It is gaining in popularity as a hobby because the results are so stunning and the hobby so fun. And portable.

We will start with the very basics – how to open and close metal rings properly (the key to success) – and then we will be making and creating a variety of jewelry pieces using copper, brass, aluminum, and rubber rings. We will learn at least five different weaves, and students will have a very solid foundation for continuing on his/her own or moving on to more advanced classes.

 

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

And if making armor is your passion, we can start to work on that also.

Instructor Information: Martha Campbell – I love chain maille. It is beautiful and complicated but simply made one ring at a time. I’ve been interested in chain maille for years and have taken classes from many of the best maillers in the country. I would be delighted to teach you and yours what I know and help you learn to create whatever you wish to weave with metal rings.

Class geared toward: 9 year to adult  (flexible).
Class cost per student: $50 per student.
Supply fee: $45.
Prerequisites: Good fine motor skills. Patience. And please talk to me about pliers.

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

 

Speech/Debate
2:00pm – 3:00pm
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. Students who took this class last spring are welcome to take it again and deliver new speeches.
                                                                       

Instructor Information: Lon West has taught speech, debate, and drama for years at high-school level, and speech to college students learning English.  This will be his second session with AJCW.                 

Class geared toward ages: 10-18 years.
Class cost per student: $ 65.         

To register, or with questions, please contact Lon West at: lwest@harpercollege.edu or call 605-377-3730.

 

Fun & Games
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Fun & Games is for kids age 3-7 (parents can drop off if child can participate without them, parents are welcome to stay and participate with a shy child 🙂  There will be games, music, singing, dancing, and lots of Fun!

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

Class geared toward ages: 3-7 years.
Class cost per student: $60, (additional siblings, $40 each).
Drop-in fee: $10 for one time attendance.

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

 

 

 

ROOM 1

ROOM 2

ROOM 3

COMMUNITY ROOM

LIBRARY

AUDITORIUM

9:00A – 10:00A

LEGO CREATORS

4-8 YRS.

ADVANCED SKILLZ SCULPEY

9+ YRS.

 

GEORGE VS. GEORGE – THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

10+ YRS.

SCULPTURE

6-10 YRS.

COMIC BOOK MAKING

10+ YRS.

BEGINNING GUITAR

8-12 YRS.

10:10A – 11:10A

LITTLE DIORAMAS

4-7 YRS.

THE HISTORY OF ADVERTISING

12+ YRS.

 

INTRO TO BELLY DANCE

10 YRS. – ADULT

LIFE DRAWING

10+ YRS.

KNITTING WITH CABLES

9+ YRS.

ROCK BAND CLASS – EVERYBODY ROCKS

5-10 YRS.

 

11:20A – 12:20P

LIL’S PAINT, BUBBLES & PLAYDOUGH

3-6 YRS.

FOUNDING DOCUMENTS

12+ YRS.

MIXED MEDIA – WHAM BAM POP-UPS

6+ YRS.

TRIPLE- H CLUB

9+ YRS.

ELECTRONIC GAMING CLUB

7-13 YRS.

HOW TO BECOME A GLOBAL CITIZEN

10-20 YRS.

12:20P – 12:50P

LUNCH BREAK – ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH BREAK – ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH BREAK – ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH BREAK – ROOM OPEN ONLY   WITH ADULT SUPERVISION

 

LUNCH BREAK – ROOM CLOSED

LUNCH BREAK – ROOM OPEN ONLY   WITH ADULT SUPERVISION

12:50P – 1:50P

EXPLORAMOS!

3-7 YRS.

POETRY WRITING

9+ YRS.

YOUR WORLD- DECIPHERING AND SHARING CURRENT EVENTS

9+ YRS.

 

ART OF CHAINMAILLE – II & WIREWORK

9 YRS. – ADULT

YOUR FIRST COMPUTER PROGRAM

10+ YRS.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 42 DAYS

4-10 YRS.

2:00P – 3:00P

ROOM CLOSED

 

RIOT GRRRLZ

8+ YRS

 

 

BUMPS AND BRUISES: FIRST AID FOR KIDS

9+ YRS.

 

ART OF CHAINMAILLE  – I   (BEGINNER COURSE)

9 YRS. – ADULT

SPEECH & DEBATE

10-18 YRS.

FUN & GAMES

3-7 YRS.

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