CLASS CATALOGUE Winter/Spring 2018

(GRADES 6-12)

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MONDAY CLASSES (15 WEEKS)


Material Science

Monday, 9:00 – 10:00 am (15 weeks)

Jan. 8, (No class Jan 15) 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 (No class 19) 26, Mar. 5, 12,19 (No class 26), (No Class April 2) April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, (No class May 21)

Grades 6 - 12

Material Science is a brand new course, unlike anything previously offered at CLP. This course covers many topics. However, its focus is on the chemistry and physics of materials. The students will learn about crystal structures. They will learn how to analyze and calculate the composition of an alloy, as well as its stress, strain, hardness, etc. When the students complete the course, they will be well-versed in the vocabulary required to describe the physical attributes of a material. The included lab is a very important aspect of course. The students will perform experiments to validate the theories in the lecture. Students will work in teams. Together, they will learn how to analyze and report their findings. This course is offered in two age groups. Both classes will be covering the exact same subjects. However, the younger class is going to focus more on theory, while the older class is going to delve deeper into the calculations. Both age groups will present their lab findings to the class. Only the older class will be required to write lab reports.

TEACHER: Abraham Rav-Noy

SEMESTER FEE: $430

 

World History: From The First Humans To The Decline And Fall Of Rome

Monday, 10:00 – 11: 00 am (15 weeks)

Jan. 8, (No class Jan 15) 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 (No class 19) 26, Mar. 5, 12,19 (No class 26), (No Class April 2) April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, (No class May 21)

Grades 6 - 12

Today, all humans, whether they are Europeans, Australian Aborigines, or Africans, belong to the same subgroup of human beings, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, or wise, wise humans. We have more in common with our ancient ancestors and each other than we often admit, and we have survived thousands of years because of our ability to adapt and progress. The material presented in the second semester will begin at 500 AD, and will include the history from many regions of the world.  We will be covering a lot of material in a short amount of time, so students will be expected to pay keen attention in class, take notes, and do a fair amount of homework, including a research paper. Students will not only learn the important events in history, but also learn how the information fits together in terms of human development, time periods, and regions of the world. Students will be engaged in as many hands-on activities as time allows. The curriculum will be based on the Glencoe World History book. The book is available online and I will provide a way to access it for free.

New students are welcome!

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $375


Ping Pong

Monday, 11:15 am – 12: 15 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 8, (No class Jan 15) 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 (No class 19) 26, Mar. 5, 12,19 (No class 26), (No Class April 2) April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, (No class May 21)

All ages


Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 
Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHER: Bella Livshin, Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $300


Current Events

Monday, 11:15am – 12: 15 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 8, (No class Jan 15) 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 (No class 19) 26, Mar. 5, 12,19 (No class 26), (No Class April 2) April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, (No class May 21)

Grades 6 - 12


We will read articles about current political events and have class discussions about how they impact the world, both globally and domestically. Students will be expected to read articles in a timely manner and do research on the accurateness of the articles and alternative opinions. There will be more homework than last year, as students will be expected to write several essays that compare and contrast the different viewpoints. We will also spend several weeks researching and preparing for a structured debate.


TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $375

Recorder Level Three and Four

Monday, 11:05 –11:50 am (15 weeks)

Jan. 8, (No class Jan. 15) 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 (No class 19) 26, Mar. 5, 12,19 (No class 26), (No Class April 2) April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, (No class May 21)

Grades 3 -7


This is a continuation from the Level Three class. Previous experience playing the recorder is necessary. Includes note reading and music theory. This semester we will focus on ensemble playing including duets, trios and quartets. If you have some experience but are not sure which level you are, and you have not taken the Level One or Two class, please come for an evaluation on the first day and we will figure out which class is right for you.

TEACHER: Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $270


Sign Language

Monday, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 8, (No class Jan 15) 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 (No class 19) 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19 (No class 26), (No Class April 2) April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, (No class May 21)

Grades 6 - 12 

This class will be a beginning class in ASL

(American Sign Language).  It will include

  • The basic elements of ASL
  • Sign Language vocabulary
  • The uniqueness of a visual language vs. a hearing language
  • The use of ASL for communicative interaction      
  • Creative use of ASL through songs and stories.

This class aims to build on student needs, abilities, goals, and interests.  A basic sign language book will be used for standardized learning and reference, along with suggested resources available to be purchased, and accessed on the internet for enrichment.  Hopefully, access to the Deaf Community, and the richness of Deaf culture will be arranged.

TEACHER: Miriam Cantor

SEMESTER FEE: $375


Ping Pong

Monday, 12:15 am – 1: 15 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 8, (No class Jan 15) 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 (No class 19) 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19 (No class 26), (No Class April 2) April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, (No class May 21)

All ages


Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 
Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHER: Bella Livshin, Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $300


Writing Wonderland

Monday, 12:15 – 1: 15 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 8, (No class Jan 15) 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 (No class 19) 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19 (No class 26), (No Class April 2) April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, (No class May 21)

Grades 6 - 12


Our Creative Writing adventure this session takes us on the journey of the story.  As students work on creating their own stories, we'll examine and explore the essential elements of fiction and story: character, setting, theme, plot, conflict, point of view, and tone.  Students learn along the way, as they write element by element, what makes great and effective stories.

Students will explore their own genres of fiction in their storytelling and weave their own creative tales.  Whether they choose to write about superheroes and mythical creatures or normal kids; wild adventures or common challenges; exotic places or everyday locations, students' imaginations will be encouraged.

No writing experience is necessary, and hesitant or reluctant writers are welcome.  Students should also not be worried about spelling, grammar, or punctuation.   That is what editing is for!  The idea is to get words and ideas on paper, as they develop better writing skills through the journey of writing.

TEACHER: Valorie Knutson

SEMESTER FEE: $375


Acting And Drama Therapy

Monday, 1:15 –2:45 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 8, (No class Jan 15) 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 (No class 19) 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19 (No class 26), (No Class April 2) April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, (No class May 21)

Grades 6 - 12

The goal of this class is to give students the ability to interact with each other in a more open way using the techniques of Improv, Drama and Inclusion Exercises. We will also use Drama Therapy to help students develop their own voice, through the writing of short stories that they can perform and through activities where they can talk about difficult or hurtful experiences and heal from these past traumas. Exploring our lives, healing and having fun are the most important parts of this class. 

TEACHER: Tessie Harrasti

SEMESTER FEE: $375

 

Sewing

Monday, 2:15 –3:45 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 8, (No class Jan 15) 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 (No class 19) 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19 (No class 26), (No Class April 2) April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, (No class May 21)

Grades 5 - 10

Learn the basics of sewing like:

How to read a pattern and place it on fabric and cut it out, how to thread, sew and care for a machine and a lot of information about fabric.

The first project we will make is a messenger bag. For the second project we will choose from selected projects and there may be enough time for a third small project as well.

Sewing machines are provided. You may bring your machine in to learn how to use it after your first project is complete.

Limited to 8 students per class

TEACHER: Christine Borreaz

SEMESTER FEE: $490


Wednesday CLASSES (17 WEEKS)

 

Math Circle: The Number Line

Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00am (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 6 - 12

In this course, students will get some basic understanding of numbers, real, rational, and irrational, including geometric construction of rational numbers. To do the latter, students will need a compass (geometric, not magnetic), straightedge, a few pencils, pencil sharpener, and eraser. Students will also learn how to compute square roots with precision exceeding that of a standard calculator. For that, student will need a laptop with the programming language Python installed. Python is a free download.

https://www.python.org/

The course was created and tested at Geffen Academy, a middle and high school on UCLA campus, by the Geffen Academy
Mathematics Department Chair, Dr. Oleg Gleizer.

* Creative Learning Place prides itself on close cooperation with UCLA. The Mathematics program at CLP was founded and is supported by Dr. Oleg Gleizer, the Mathematics Department Chair at Geffen Academy, an on-campus UCLA middle and high school. The program for kindergarten students is based on the book Breaking Numbers into Parts co-authored by Dr. Gleizer and Dr. Olga Radko, the founder and director of LAMC, Los Angeles Math Circle, a free Sunday math school for mathematically inclined children run by UCLA Department of Mathematics. The program for older students is based on the materials developed by Dr. Radko and Dr. Gleizer for LAMC. CLP math teachers are trained by Dr. Radko and Dr. Gleizer to the same standards as LAMC instructors.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $470

 

Biology

This class is full - Please add your name to the comments section of the registration page

Wednesday, 8:45– 10:00am (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 6 - 12


Optional Textbook: Biology: The Dynamics of Life  by Biggs and published by Glencoe. It has killer whales on the cover. You can get the 2003, 2004, or 2005 editions used on Amazon. Do not get any other edition!! Mary also has a free online version. 

This is a general biology course that will include lectures and labs. I highly recommend taking this class before jumping into my full high school biology class (which will probably be offered again in Spring 2019). Topics covered will include: Cells, genetics, evolution, Earth’s history, viruses/bacteria, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and a few weeks focused on human anatomy.


This class is run in two tracks. You can not change tracks once class has started!

Track 1: Students will participate in lectures and in class labs. Quizzes and homework are optional. No formal grade is given.
Track 2: Students will participate in lectures and in class labs. They will take weekly online quizzes. They will read the textbook and do assignments weekly. Formal grade will be given.

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE: $525


Middle School English 

Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30am (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 6 - 8

Poetry madness, word play, short stories, classic essays, and a Shakespearean play are a few of the things we will explore this semester. Students will learn how to analyze literature, how to write creatively, and how to write a five-paragraph essay. Writing skills include richer word choices, better sentences, organizational tools, idea brainstorming, description enrichment, poetry, and essay writing. No textbook required. The Shakespearean play is readily accessible from your library system.

TEACHER: Valorie Knutson

SEMESTER FEE: $440

 

High School English - World Literature

Wednesday, 11:30am – 1:00pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 9 - 12

This year, we will study some of the world's greatest literature focusing on representative works of Europe by major authors cited in the AP® English Course Description with an emphasis on Russian, German and French classics. A rich body of course reading will include authors such as Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Camus, Ibsen, Chekhov, Orwell, Hemingway, and others incorporating novels, short stories, poetry from the sixteenth century to contemporary times, and a wide range of essays.  All works selected for the course are widely recognized as essential college-bound texts. 

Through discussion, collaboration, and creative and interpretive writing experiences, students will learn and apply literary and rhetorical analysis. Emphasizing the structure and development of the essay, students will write interpretive, exploratory, expository, and argumentative essays through the writing workshop process. 

Each class consists of a mini-lesson, reflection, discussion, and interaction with the readings, vocabulary and sentence structure development, and a variety of writing activities to develop their skills and unique voices as writers and thinkers. 

No textbook purchase is required. All readings are readily accessible from the local library or will be provided as handouts. 

This course intentionally shares reading and contextual materials with the Model UN course which follows it to integrate reading and writing across the curriculum in both language arts and social studies to enhance the learning experience for students in both classes. The course will culminate in an opportunity for students to share their writings with an invited audience. 

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $440


Women In History

Wednesday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 3 - 8

Dust off your monocle and step into the time machine as we travel through history to learn about women who have changed the world. From famous faces to hidden figures we will immerse ourselves in the lives of these women, the time periods in which they lived, important events that they took part in, their contributions in their fields, and how life would be different without them. Each week we will be exploring different themes from women in science, art, and literature to women in human rights movements around the globe. 

This class will be specifically tailored to fit each student's academic level as we expand upon our reading and writing skills. Every student can learn something from these important women so girls and boys are both encouraged to be a part of this class.

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $420


MALAYSIA AND COSTA RICA: A VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP THROUGH HISTORY, CULTURE, AND SCIENCE

Wednesday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 3 - 8

When I’m not teaching at CLP, I’m gallivanting around the world! I spent the summer of 2016 in Costa Rica, and the summer of 2017 in Malaysia/Borneo. In both locations, I put together an amazing virtual field trip for the students! We’ll cover the geography, history, culture, religion, and biology (lots of animals!!) in this class. Don’t think it’s just some “what I did on my summer vacation” class. You know me- it is in depth LEARNING! I went to some amazing off the beaten path places and had unbelievable experiences, and I am excited to bring all of that knowledge to the kids this semester! No formal grade in this class, but there will be weekly projects for the students to choose from to reinforce what we learned in class.

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE: $480


Earth Science

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 3 - 8

This lecture and lab based class will explore our Earth! Topics will include mapping, minerals, rocks, erosion, water, the atmosphere, meteorology, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, fossils, and more.

Optional Textbook: Glencoe Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe 2005
ISBN-10:0078664233 Costs about $15 used on Amazon.

This class is run in two tracks. You can not change tracks once class has started!

Track 1: Students will participate in lectures and in class labs. Quizzes and homework are optional. No formal grade is given.
Track 2: Students will participate in lectures and in class labs. They will take weekly online quizzes. They will read the textbook and do assignments weekly. Formal grade will be given.

Priority registration in this class  will be given to students registered for Speaker's League.

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook


SEMESTER FEE: $505


Earth Science - Section 2

This class is full - Please add your name to the comments section of the registration page

Wednesday, 1:45 – 2:45pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 3 - 8

This lecture and lab based class will explore our Earth! Topics will include mapping, minerals, rocks, erosion, water, the atmosphere, meteorology, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, fossils, and more.

Optional Textbook: Glencoe Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe 2005
ISBN-10:0078664233 Costs about $15 used on Amazon.

This class is run in two tracks. You can not change tracks once class has started!

Track 1: Students will participate in lectures and in class labs. Quizzes and homework are optional. No formal grade is given.
Track 2: Students will participate in lectures and in class labs. They will take weekly online quizzes. They will read the textbook and do assignments weekly. Formal grade will be given.

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook


SEMESTER FEE: $505


Speaker's League

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 4 - 8

 

Come join the fun and take the fear out of public speaking. Modeled after Toastmasters, Speaker's League offers kids the opportunity to hone their public speaking skills through hands-on activities including the preparation and presentation of speeches, impromptu speaking, the use of visual aids, gestures, and vocal variety. The meetings are run by the students and they progress through levels as they master specific skills. 

New members are welcome!

TEACHERKaren Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $310


Model United Nations

Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 8 -12


Model United Nations is well-known for its emphasis on leadership, public speaking, debate, consensus-building, community service, and global awareness for students. Model UN participation is also a highly regarded and valuable asset for college preparation and
admission. This dynamic Model UN experience involves creative explorations and simulations of current and historical global issues. Students are immersed in and debate major world issues, taking on the role of UN delegates, leaders and historical figures, learning to write position papers and speeches, as well as public speaking, negotiation, conflict resolution, problem solving, and presentation skills. Students also learn elements of parliamentary procedure, geography, and the history and functioning of the United Nations, developing a deeper understanding of our world, its history, its peoples, and the ways governments can work together to solve problems and promote peace and understanding among nations.

Through this course, students may choose to participate in the Los Angeles Youth UNICEF Club which won 15 Presidential Service Awards for its community service work in 2016-17.

This year, our Model UN class focus will be:

Changing Superpowers and their Impact on Global Stability, Case Study: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of the Russian State

This year’s in-class and joint summit topics will include:

  • 1)  Animal Farm by George Orwell, A Literary Crisis Committee
  • 2)  The Russian Duma and the Bolshevik Revolution Historical Crisis Committee 1917

  • 3)  The Manhattan Project Historical Crisis Committee 1939

  • 4)  Stalin’s Politburo Historical Crisis Committee 1943

  • 5)  Conflict in Korea Historical Crisis Committee 1945

  • 6)  The Cuban Missile Crisis Historical Crisis Committee 1962

  • 7)  Crisis in the Ukraine 2014 present Summit

  • 8)  NATO, Cyber Warfare and Espionage Summit

  • 9)  Truth, Facts, and the International Press Corps Summit

  • 10) The Cabinet of Oceania: A Literary Crisis Committee on George Orwell’s 1984

The course will include College-Bound Recommended Literature: Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell, the essays “Politics and the English Language” and “Shooting at the Elephant” by George Orwell, and the Oscar-winning documentary “The Fog of War”.

Students should please bring laptops ideally, or tablets or other means of accessing information online, in addition to a binder for handouts, pen and paper. 

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $465


CLP Vocal Ensemble = Choir

Wednesday, 3:15 – 4:15pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28), Mar. 7, 14, 21, (No class 28)(No class April 4) April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 3 -10

Do you love to sing? Both in and out of the shower? Then CLP is the place to be to join your singing voice with friends. Our  vocal ensemble is aimed at both new and seasoned vocalists. The only requirement is a love of singing and the ability to work well with others.   Each week we will warm up, learn about vocal technique, and sing a variety of pieces drawn from different cultures and time periods in both classical and contemporary styles. In addition to singing skills, we will also work on listening to each other. We hope our performers will grow both as musicians and individuals and continue to experience the joy of singing.

Our final performance will be at our annual CLP extravaganza on May 24th at 7:15 pm.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $420

and train for the 2nd annual JCC 5k with TEAM CLP.  Team training is for EVERY student,

Friday CLASSES (18 WEEKS)


Hobby Game Design

Friday, 9:00 – 10:30am (18 weeks)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30) (No class April 6), April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

Grades 6 - 12


The hobby game design course (“hobby” means not with a computer; a $1.1 billion dollar industry in 2016) combines the fun of playing games with the lessons of teamwork, time and resource management, creative production, research, critical analysis, plus science, math, history, language, reading and writing skill development. Students will play board, card, role-playing games and other noteworthy games while applying a critical eye to the structural mechanics of rules and content. They will participate in group discussions focused on game theories, game history, and game modification such as altering the rules of tic-tac-toe and play testing the revisions. Each student will develop and produce their own analog game as a final project. 

TEACHER: Aaron Vanek

SEMESTER FEE: $590


Ancient Board Games

Friday, 9:30 – 10:30am (18 weeks)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30) (No class April 6), April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

All Ages: No Experience Necessary


Do you love board games? Perhaps you didn't know that some of the games people still play today are ancient. Not ancient like the early 1900s. We’re talking ancient like the early 900s! 

In this class, Chess Instructor Brian will expand beyond The Game of Kings and introduce a different ancient board game to the students each week. Here are some examples of some of the games we will learn:

Chess, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Backgammon, Go, Chutes(Snakes) and Ladders, Mah Jong, Mancala

*This is a mixed age class because game ability has more to do with differences in experience and knowledge than it does differences in age. *

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $450

 

Beginning Chess: Welcome To The Game Of Kings And Queens

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (18 weeks)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30) (No class April 6), April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

All Ages 


The old saying goes, "Chess is the game of Kings (and Queens)", and in this class we'll find out why. Chess subtly teaches children all the qualities of a noble king or queen: Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance, Indomitable Spirit, Problem Solving, Confidence, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Planning, Patience, Social Skills, Critical Thinking, Imagination and more. And if that weren't enough, it's also super awesome fun! In this class we'll start at the beginning to discover all the different characters (pieces) of Chess and background information about who they are and where they come from. Then it's onto how they move on the board and the rest of the dynamic rules of this 2000 year old Game of Kings!

*This is a mixed age class because Chess ability has more to do with differences in experience and knowledge than it does differences in age.*

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $440


Ping Pong

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (18 weeks)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30) (No class April 6), April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

All Ages

Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 

Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHERGilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $360

 

Ping Pong

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (18 weeks)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30) (No class April 6), April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

All Ages

Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 

Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHERGilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $360


Dynamics - Physics In Motion

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (18 weeks)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30) (No class April 6), April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

Grades 6 - 12


Dynamics is the latest class in our long-running series of physics related classes. Dynamics is a branch of mechanics which looks at objects in motion. It is important for engineers to understand how objects move. This allows them to ensure their designs don't fail. The purpose of this class is to teach the students how math and physics relate to the real world. The students will learn theories in the lecture component and test those theories in the lab component. This class contains some high school level trigonometry; however, absolutely no previous knowledge of trigonometry is required. Basic algebra is recommended; however, not necessary if you believe your child is up to the task. Note taking will play an important role as well. When most homeschool students transition to either high school or college, they find themselves at a slight disadvantage. This class aims to bridge that gap. The students will learn skills required to retain what a teacher says and how to use that information in real-world scenarios.

TEACHER: Abraham Rav-Noy

SEMESTER FEE: $520


Story Circle

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (18 weeks)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30) (No class April 6), April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

Grades 6 - 12

Access your personal and original stories while discovering what makes a good story and how to tell it well. Students will learn the fundamentals of plot development and participate in each other's stories through role playing and acting. This class will enhance writing, public speaking, and performance skills while providing a safe forum for interpersonal communication, self discovery and friendship. The process is both fun and deeply rewarding. This session we will also focus on how folktales can be a catalyst for personal stories.  This class is for new comers and seasoned veterans.

TEACHERKaren Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $420

Battle Bots 5.0 

This class is full - Please add your name to the comments section of the registration page

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (18 weeks)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30) (No class April 6), April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

Grades 4 - 10

Battle Bots is back. Now in its fifth iteration, it is better than ever. In teams, the students will design and construct robots. The robots will be designed to complete a series of predetermined challenges. This semester, we are going to be focused on the mechanical engineering aspect of robotics, however, there will still be a programming aspect. Throughout the course, we will be using components from LEGO Mindstorms NXT, LEGO Mindstorms EV3, and VEX IQ. If we need a part that doesn't exist, we will design and 3D print our own. No previous knowledge of robotics is required. This class is offered in different age groups. Though the classes are nearly identical, each class differs slightly to accommodate the age group.

* Please note, this class is not the same as any Battle Bots class from previous sessions. Each iteration of the class is completely independent and covers a different area of robotics. This class is designed to accommodate both students who have experience in robotics and students who have no experience in robotics.

TEACHERAbraham Rav-Noy

SEMESTER FEE:$520


Art: Textile In Focus

Friday, 12:30 – 2:00pm (18 weeks)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30) (No class April 6), April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

Grades 4 - 8

In this class, we'll explore Yarnbombing, Silk Painting, Stenciling, Shibori, and Contemporary use of traditional textile techniques.  This class is experimental in nature, requiring the handling of advance materials, such as non-toxic dye and resist, as well as multi-step DIY printing processes.  Research is student driven.  This art class is designed for middle school level artists and above. 

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky

SEMESTER FEE: $520


Dystopian Book Club

Friday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (18 weeks)

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30) (No class April 6), April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

Grades 6 - 12

Do you like "The Hunger Games” or “Uglies” or “Divergent”? Have you ever wondered about what our society will be like in a hundred, a thousand, or even a million years? Do you enjoy adventurous stories? 

Join us on an exciting journey through literature as we are transported to different dystopian societies. Through short stories and novels we will be learning about the elements of a dystopia, important themes from each of the texts, how these stories are mirrored in real life events, and ways in which they relate to our lives today. Students will strengthen their comprehension, analytical, and verbal skills as well as learn how to write structured essays. 

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $440


Private Recorder Lessons

Learn to play the recorder or brush up on your recorder skills. For beginning through advanced players. Private lessons can be arranged anytime Karen is not teaching a class  at CLP, including Tuesdays and Thursdays and in the afternoon and early evening hours. 

TEACHER: Karen Golden

Class Fees: Private lessons will be sold in lesson packages: $80 for four 20 minute lessons. Please email Karen@karengolden.com to  schedule a time. 

Tutoring  

Are you interested in tutoring sessions in math, reading and writing for your child? Conveniently located at the WJCC during CLP hours or off hours. A number of our CLP teachers are available to help your kids. Please check the box for tutoring on the registration form and we will let you know about fees and availability.