SPRING is in the air!!!

AJCW is THRILLED about the first session’s success! We have had such a great time, we have plotted a F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. 6 week spring session. If you have not heard about just how great things have been going, check it out HERE.

Our new session is due to start April 12th and run through May 17th. We have ALL of our fabulous facilitators back for a 2nd go-around, AND we have added some really really fantastic new classes! Check out this spring’s line-up:

AJ Collective Workshops (AJCW) Thursdays  – SPRING 2012
Inspired by the creativity of our children, we facilitate workshops with an emphasis on child-led learning.

All classes held at the Ethical Humanist Society at 7574 N. Lincoln Ave, Skokie on Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th (6 week session)

NEW!!! ~ So excited to let you know about our new offerings this session! Japanese, Cartooning, Math with Manipulatives, Textiles and Lego Engineering!

 

Introduction to Cartoon Storytelling
(Four) Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 2:00p-2:45p (NO CLASS: 4/19 and 5/10):
This class helps students age 9 and up learn to communicate effectively through the development of their own story, characters, and personal expression. Lessons cover scriptwriting and story breakdown, character design, page layout and more. Each student should be prepared with pencil, eraser (no. 2 pencils are fine), and sketchbook (9×12 is a good size). Class is instructed by Steven Fisher. Steven has taught cartoon storytelling at the college level as well as to adults and children at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Roland Park Country School, and as private tutor. As a Resident Artist at Smith Farm for the Healing Arts in Washington, DC, Steven instructed cancer patients on the cathartic powers of autobiographical cartoons.
Class minimum: 6 children. $60 per student for the 4 week session. Drop in fee: $15. Questions, information or to register contact Steven Fischer: 443.223.4064, stevenfischer2001@yahoo.com.

Beginning Japanese
Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 11:15a-12:15p:
Come take this exciting class inspired by the land of the rising sun. We’ll be learning basic self introductions, greetings, numbers and colors with a focus on reading and writing based comprehension (with plenty of spoken interaction throughout). We’ll take a look at the differences between our cultures as we practice a traditional Japanese classroom and hopefully shed some light on the way language works by delving into a language truly unlike our own. For ages 8 and up, our class will have a strong emphasis on writing based learning (so if a student has proficient writing skills we can be flexible on age.) The class will be headed by Ian Rosenthal, who has been studying Japanese language and culture for 7 years. Having made the trip twice already to Japan itself, he has many insights to the culture itself as well as life in Japan and is eager to share his experiences. Whether it be guitar, theater, math or Japanese, he has familiarity teaching many different age groups and his passion for learning is evident in class.
Class Minimum: 8 students, max of 15. $60 per student for a 6 week session. Questions, information or to register contact Ian Rosenthal: rosenthalian@gmail.com.

Math with Manipulatives
Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 12:45p-1:30p:
Geared for younger, concrete, and/or kinesthetic learners, this class will explore a variety of mathematical concepts through the use of the teacher’s extensive collection of manipulatives.  Concepts covered will depend on the interests and abilities of the students, but may include any or all of the following: counting, grouping, adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing (up to and including long division), fractions, time, money, two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes, and basic algebra games.  The class will be taught by Newt Sherwin, homeschooling mom of four, including one mathematically-gifted, attention-challenged, worksheet-averse kid who continues to inspire her exploration of alternate methods for teaching math.
Class minimum: 4 students, ages 4-8 or anyone who learns best while in motion.  $60 for six-week session.  Questions, information, or to register, contact Newt Sherwin: nsherwin@ameritech.net.  ***Note: Newt is also available for one-on-one or small-group tutoring sessions in math through calculus (and beyond, with a bit more advance warning).  $30 per 45-minute session, by appointment only.

 

The Next Stitch: Textile Arts, Beginning to Advanced
Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 10:00a-11:00a:
Never picked up a needle before in your life?  Wondering how to progress beyond that lumpy scarf to something you’d actually wear in public?  Want a few tips on how to perfect your craft or some fresh inspiration?  Have a child whose desire to create outstrips your abilities?  This class can be whatever you or your child make of it, together or separately.  We’ll take two weeks to explore each of three textile arts: counted cross stitch, knitting, and crocheting.  A guided project will help novices get started with each craft; tips will be given on progressing beyond beginner status (including how to figure out where you were before your kids/siblings distracted you and how to rescue your work after the toddler pulled out the knitting needles); and books and patterns will be available to help you pick a project you’ll love to finish.  The class will be taught by Newt Sherwin, who learned to sew and knit at the age of 4 and has been collecting fun and beautiful ways to work with thread ever since.  Materials will be provided for the beginning projects; materials for more advanced projects will be the responsibility of the student.  Infants and toddlers are welcome to accompany Mom as needed.
Class minimum: 4 students, ages 8 to adult.  $70 for six-week session.  Questions, information, or to register, contact Newt Sherwin: nsherwin@ameritech.net

Pre-Engineering with LEGO®
Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 2:00-3:30p:
Let your imagination run wild with over 100,000 pieces of LEGO®!  Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design!  Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.  This is an ideal way to prepare young builders (ages 5 years to 7 years of age) for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.
Class minimum: 11 children (max 16). $96 per child for full 6 week session. Questions and further information contact Natalie Abell: natalie@play-well.org. To register: http://play-well.org/schedule/class/details/county/Cook%20County/course_id/14638/type/class?format_type=xhtml

OUR CONTINUING COOL CLASSES!!!

ASL
Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 12:45p-1:45p:
We continue to will learn conversational ASL vocabulary as well as developing  ASL grammatical skills using things like facial grammar and classifiers to open up a whole new world of communication possibilities! We will also discuss Deaf Culture and learn to create traditional hand-shape and ABC stories. This will be a fun, interactive class with lots of games and language play! Classes are taught by Amy Eaton who 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 minimum: 5 people, ages 8 and up, parents welcome to take the class as well. $70 per student for the full 6 week session (family rate available). Questions, information or to register contact Amy Eaton: amyceaton@gmail.com

 

Sign, Say & Play ®!
Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 2:00p -3:00p:
Learn to “talk” with your very young children before they develop the mechanics of speech! Join us for 6 fun play classes each week, meet BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear, other parents and caregivers and their little ones. Baby Signs® is based on 25 years of research and is a proven method for helping to reduce tantrums and frustration while boosting cognitive, language and speech development. This class is designed for very young children of all abilities, ages 6 – 24 months. Each week will introduce a new theme (Meal time, Bath Time, Getting Dressed, Bed Time, My Pets and At the Park) and you will learn 5-7 new Signs.  The stimulating activities, songs, play, and information all reinforce learning the Signs and enable you to continue the learning fun at home.  Adults will also receive weekly handouts that offer tips about language and cognitive development, the Signs  and words to the songs we learn in class. Classes are small by design to maximize the fun and learning without neither overwhelming nor over-stimulating your little ones. The curriculum is dedicated to following the child’s lead, providing multi-sensory learning experiences, while taking advantage of the power of repetition. The class is led by Cathy Silvern who is an enthusiastic independent, certified instructor of Baby Signs® Programs who brings together her love for ASL, teaching and a genuine desire to support parents, caregivers and their “wee ones” during those crucial early years: birth to 3 years of age
Class minimum: 4 families (includes 1 parent with 1 child). $85 for the entire 6 week series. Optional take-home kits ($49.99) and other Baby Signs® resources available for purchase any time from your instructor. Questions, information or to register contact Cathy Silvern: cathy@northshorebabysigns.com (PAYPAL is accepted for this class.)

 


Little’s Art

Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 10:00a- 11:00a:
Little’s Art is geared towards children 3 years of age on up to 7 years with one main guided take-home project each week, exploring several different mediums each week! The room is set up for a fun-filled hour of exploration (in addition to the main project) with sensory stations to work on fine motor skills though beading, drawing, painting, collage construction, stamping, play dough, stickers and much more! Parents are welcome to attend, or drop off. Class is taught by art enthusiasts extraordinaire, homeschooling moms Jen Kafizov and Amy Jarjusey.
Class minimum: 5 children. $45 per child for the full 6 week session. Drop in fee $8. *A $5.00/ea discount provided for joint sign up of Little’s Art and Little Jammers (Music) together: $80 for combined classes. Questions, information or to register contact Amy Jarjusey and Jen Kafizov: tikistanford@yahoo.com (PAYPAL is accepted for this class.)


Little Jammers

Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 11:15a- 12:00p:
Spicing up your little person’s morning with a true Little Jammers jam-session. This class is geared towards children 3 years of age on up to 7 years or anyone willing to get their groove-on with us! We will explore all genres through music, movement, dance, and instrument exploration. Everything from Ring-Around-The-Rosy to the Macarena! Join us right after art or drop in just for music. Class is taught by your Macarena specialists and homeschooling moms Jen Kafizov and Amy Jarjusey.
Class minimum: 5 children. $45 per child for the full 6 week session. Drop in fee $8. *A $5.00/ea discount provided for joint sign up of Little’s Art and Little Jammers together: $80 for combined classes. Questions, information or to register contact Amy Jarjusey and Jen Kafizov: tikistanford@yahoo.com (PAYPAL is accepted for this class.)

                                 

French
Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 10:00a- 11:00a:

This fun-filled foreign language session is geared towards students ranging from ages 6-12 and will focus on introducing students to spoken French.  In addition, it will allow those who attended the winter session continue expanding their vocabulary and practice conversation. There will be opportunities to practice speaking and active learning, through songs and other activities. Children will be exposed to vocabulary related to colors, numbers, clothes, animals, foods and other basic ideas.  A study of French holidays will also be included.  Finally, we will take time to examine the cultural aspects of the several Francophone countries. Classes are taught by Andrea Parkins who is a homeschooling mother with approximately 15 years of experience as an educator. Andrea earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in Romance Languages and speaks, reads, and writes French fluently.  She has experience teaching Kindergarten, 3rd grade, primary French language, as well as 5th and 6th grades.
Class minimum: 8 students. $75 per child for 6 weeks.   Questions, information or to register contact Andrea Parkins: parkinschi@comcast.net

 

Ancient World History – Mesopotamia, Part 2
Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 11:15a-12:15p:  
Typically, the study of ancient civilizations involves an examination of early man, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and other civilizations. This class, most suitable for 9-12 year olds, will be a follow up to the winter session on Mesopotamia. Although students will have had some exposure to the early civilizations of the Fertile Crescent, this short session will be encouraged to study an aspect of Mesopotamian culture more in depth and relate it to our world today.  Most of the activities will be student directed and hands on.  A final exhibit may be included. Classes are taught by Andrea Parkins who is a homeschooling mother with approximately 15 years of experience as an educator. Andrea earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Master of Arts in Political Science.  She has experience teaching Kindergarten, 3rd grade, primary French language, as well as 5th and 6th grades. Her passion was subjects such as Ancient World History and United States History. After leaving her teaching position, she worked on a team which provided support to teachers with respect to interventions for struggling students.
Class minimum: 6 students. $75 per child for 6 weeks.   Questions, information or to register contact Andrea Parkins: parkinschi@comcast.net


Hands-On Science – The Great Science Fair Adventure!
Thursdays, April 12th – May 17th 3:15p-4:15p:
Geared toward the 9yrs and up, we are taking all that we explored this winter session and applying it to the great science fair adventure! This class is not closed to those who have already participated in hands-on science, but maybe the student who has had some science studies and loves the idea of hands-on science exploration, development of a hypothesis and testing through experimentation. Students will work in teams to discuss a topic interest, develop their theories through the Scientific Method, and then apply through experimentation, discussions, and revisions. They will develop a presentation project that parents will be invited back for during the 6th week of class to see what they had been working on and the conclusions developed. This class is designed to encourage independent discovery and build on current skills, geared towards children ages 8-9 years and up. (All research, experimentation and project materials provided.) Classes are taught by homeschooling parents, Jen Kafizov and Amy Jarjusey.
Class minimum: 6 children. $85 per child for the full 6 week session. Questions, information or to register contact Amy Jarjusey and Jen Kafizov: tikistanford@yahoo.com (PAYPAL is accepted for this class.)

 

Tween Club
Tween Club will be moving to a monthly meeting/social gathering where tweens can gather doing something fun together. Dates: April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, Sept 10th (avoid Labor Day weekend), Oct 1st, Nov 5th, and Dec 3rd.  There is a yahoo group for Tween Club. Please take the time to join it to stay updated on what activities are happening when: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChiTweenClub2/. There is no registration for these events, and activities should not cost more than $10 per outing. Questions or further information contact Amy Jarjusey mommy@nakitababy.com.

 

 

Time

Younger Kids

Older Kids

10:00-11:00 AM

Littles Art

Ages 3-7

The Next Stitch:

Textile Art

Ages 8 to Adult

French

Ages 6-12

11:15-12:15

Little Jammers

Ages 3-7

(gets out at 12:00)

Beginning Japanese

Ages 8+

World History:

Ancient Mesopotamia Part 2

Ages 9-12

 

12:45-1:45

Math with Manipulatives

Ages 4-8

(gets out at 1:30)

ASL

Ages 8 to Adult

 

2:00-3:00

Pre-Engineering with LEGO

Ages 5-7

(runs till 3:30p)

Introduction to Cartoon Storytelling

Ages 9+

(gets out at 2:45)

For   Very Young Kids:

Sign, Say & Play

Ages 6-24M

3:15-4:15

 

Hands-On Science:

The Great Science Fair Adventure!

Ages 9+