CLASS CATALOGUE Fall 2017

(GRADES K–5)

To open the registration form in a new window, so that you can view the class Catalogue next to the registration form in your browser click Registration Form


MONDAY CLASSES (11 WEEKS)


Celebration Education - STEAM World: Based On the Classic Novel Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne

Monday, 9:00 – 11:00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades K - 3

 Each class includes up to 8 fun, hands-on activities to help the children delve into the topic of the week. The 8 activities usually include a craft; a journal activity to map the journey and location details from the chapter; a vocabulary game with words taken from the chapter; math/logic; S.T.E.A.M.; a collab- oration project; a highlight activity; and an active game.

We are really excited about our S.T.E.A.M. WORLD theme and how we will integrate innovation into our discoveries of the world! This semester we will be learning about England, Europe, Egypt, Africa, The Middle East, Yemin, India, Flora and Fauna of India, Asian Religions, Transportation of India, Indian Arts, and the Bay of Bengal. 

TEACHER: Karen Golden (this program was created by Heather Martinson. For more information, please visit CelebrationEducation.com

SEMESTER FEE: $360


United Nations: Peace And Conflict Resolution Studies

Monday, 9:00 – 10:00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 3 - 5


This class is the first in a series of classes that teach communication skills in conflict resolution, peace building, and leadership development through project based learning.  Students will study the historical complexity of conflict on a national and global scale while analyzing the people and events that have brought peace to our word. Students will be taught NVC (Non-Violent Communication Process) as a means to identify and resolve conflict while having the opportunity to tackle real-world problems in teams of two or more.


TEACHER: Ryanne Plaisance and City Kids

SEMESTER FEE: $270


Writing Wonderland

Monday, 10:00 – 11:00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 3 - 5

Writing words on a page can be exciting and liberating.  It can also be daunting for some at times.  In this Creative Writing class, we explore our English language and creative literary forms, such as journaling, poetics, and prose, as we use them to express ourselves both constructively and creatively.  

Learning how to move beyond our inner critic and gain confidence in our individual expression is a beneficial skill to develop and a goal of this class.  We'll also work in class on understanding how to receive and perceive words of others – both written words when hearing or reading one another's writings and oral words of constructive feedback and commentary.  

Class reading and writing topics assist students in utilizing various forms of written expression to free their words on paper.  All writing levels welcome! 

TEACHER: Valorie Knutson

SEMESTER FEE: $270


Tech Math 01

Monday, 10:00 – 11:00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 3 - 5

  

This course covers a practical application of basic math skills to typical industrial applications and problems. Topics include units of measure and conversions, reading tools of measurement, perimeter/area/volume calculations using plane and solid geometry, algebra, and arithmetic. Technical applications and problem-solving skills including the appropriate use of technology are emphasized.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to …

1. Convert fractions to decimals and back.
2. Use formulas to solve geometric problems.
3. Understand and work with percents.
4. Work with different systems of measurement.
5. Working knowledge of literal equations in machine shop mathematics.
6. Ratio and proportion.
7. Measuring with rulers and tape measures. 

Course Prerequisite:

A basic knowledge of Arithmetic. Students should already be proficient in multi-digit addition and subtraction as well as a basic knowledge of multiplication and division.

Who should register for this course?

Anyone with an interest to apply basic mathematics to solve real-life workforce problems, specifically the technical fields and are 8-years old or older


TEACHER: Artin Davidian

SEMESTER FEE: $310


Ping Pong

Monday, 10:00am – 11:00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

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: $220


Sign Language

Monday, 11:00 – 12:00 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 3 - 5

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: $270


Ping Pong

Monday, 11:15 – 12:15 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

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: $220


Recorder One and Two

Monday, 11:15 – 12:00 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

All Ages

Learn to play the recorder through interactive storytelling and play. No prior experience necessary. Join with friends and make music together. Recorders and music books will be provided. This is also a continuation from the Level One class.  Includes note reading and music theory.  (New students are welcome to join. Depending on level, they may need to take a few private lessons to catch up). 

TEACHER: Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $190

 

Clowning and Physical Comedy

Monday, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades K -3

There's something new in clown class! This session we will learn juggling, plate spinning, and object balancing. Come and discover  your elusive creative genius, learn the art of being joyful, and celebrate your talents through improvisation, mime, joke telling, circus skills, and costume.  Our class helps students build confidence, learn important social skills, and develop stage presence. Students use creative movement and self-expression as a vehicle toward tapping into their inner clown. What is a clown? One who is always hopeful and joyful even in the face of challenges. A clown is willing to take risks and celebrates both his triumphs and failures. 

TEACHER: Galit Levi

SEMESTER FEE: $280


Ping Pong 

Monday, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

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: $220


STEAM Science in Art (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

Monday, 12:15 – 2: 15 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 3 - 5

This Class Is Full - Please add your name to the waitlist in the comments section of the registration page

 

The new age of the “artist-scientist” has arrived.  This unique hands-on course is designed to focuses on the common lines between creative expression and the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  In this course, the instructor will teach projects that highlight unique Art-STEM topics.  Students will learn new approaches to problem solving, innovative design, and critical thinking, as well as the leading edge of science and technology.  This project-based course helps them truly grasp the concept that they would not have experienced in a lecture-base class.  New and returning students are welcome as we will have new projects. Projects may include

  • Angry Bird – Force, and Projectile (Physics)
  • Pop-stick Bomb – Force, and Potential Energy (Physics)
  • Drawing Bot - Force, Vibration, and Movement (Physics)
  • Circuits with Play Dough – Circuitry Design, Conductivity, and Materials (Chemistry)
  • Paper Airplane – Force, Fluid Dynamics, and Movement (Physics)
  • Magnet and Motor – Electricity, and Electro-Magnetics (Physics)
  • Origami – Geometry (Math)



TEACHER: Fu-Tien Chiou

SEMESTER FEE: $365


Sign Language

Monday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades K-3

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: $270

 

Recorder Level Three and Four

Monday, 2:15 –3:00 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

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: $190

 

Math Circle - Breaking Numbers Into Parts

Monday, 3:15 – 4:00 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades K-1


This course, designed for students in Kindergarten and first grade, gives students a new way to approach elementary arithmetic. The course was created and tested at LAMC, Los Angeles Math Circle, for mathematically inclined children run by the UCLA Department of Mathematics. The course is based on the book, Breaking Numbers into Parts, available on Amazon.


https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Numbers-into-Parts-Gleizer/dp/1519770375/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502991715&sr=1-1&keywords=breaking+numbers+into+parts


The book was featured in the Washington Post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/02/16/teaching-5-and-6-year-olds-serious-basic-math/?utm_term=.89e27d5d5da0


It is a common kindergarten and first grade problem to break a positive integer into parts. For some reason mysterious to the creators of the course, Dr. Oleg Gleizer and Dr. Olga Radko, they always mean two parts. The first goal of the course is to teach kids how to break a positive integer n into parts in all the possible ways, from one part, n = n, to n parts, n = 1 + ... + 1 (n times).

The second goal of the course is to explain commutativity of addition in the age-appropriate manner. Every grown-up knows that the sum of any pair of positive integers does not depend on the order of the summands, m + n = n + m. Very few can explain why. A technique developed in the first part of the course allows the teacher to turn proving commutativity of addition into a construction game the little ones enjoy playing.

Addition is the first mathematical operation a child learns. It happens to be commutative. A trained mathematician knows that commutativity is a rare and important feature of a mathematical operation. Many mathematical operations do not commute. Unaware of that, the child needs an explanation of why we spend so much time discussing the intuitively obvious property of addition of natural numbers. We give a few. In particular, we show that many operations do not commute, either in math or in real life. Most often, the order of operations matters. If you don't believe it, switch the order of operations you routinely perform dressing up, "put on socks" and "put on shoes", and then look at yourself in the mirror.

Each homework assignment (yes, there will be homework!) begins with a warm-up, a problem that is not related to the theory studied in the book. The problem requires no special skill, but is tricky and fun to solve. The warm-up problems serve two purposes. One is to demonstrate the beauty of mathematics. The other is to prepare children for math competitions, such as Math Kangaroo.

The CLP teacher, Eric Kogan, was trained by the course creators to teach the course.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $300


WEDNESDAY CLASSES (11 WEEKS)


Think, Write and Create

 

Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades K - 2

We will explore the writing process with a creative and fun curriculum especially made for this class. The class will be divided into 2 or 3 groups to accommodate as much as possible each students’ skill level. We will start slowly with simple exercises, including MadLibs, Word Searches, 3-fold formatted mini-brochures, and small books. Continuing students will not be repeating what they did last year, and new students will get a chance to do some of the projects that were successful from last year.

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $270


Logic and Teamwork and Math, Oh My!

This Class Is Full - Please add your name to the waitlist in the comments section of the registration page

 

Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades K - 2

Teamwork and independent thinking will be reinforced as we explore different projects using math skills; including measuring, using money, solving puzzles, charting graphs and much more. Each week there will be a fun, hands-on math/logic-themed exercise or game in which students will be required to cooperate with each other to solve the problem. I will create worksheets for the students to solve, including mazes, tangrams and other puzzles. The class will be divided into 2 or 3 groups to accommodate as much as possible each students’ skill level. Continuing students will not be repeating what they did last year, and new students will get a chance to do some of the projects that were successful from last year.
New and returning students are welcome.

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $270


Elementary English

 

Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 3 - 5


Creative and essay writing in an informal atmosphere. We will explore words, phrases, sentences, organization, essay, persuasion, characterization, story, description, and poetry. Each meeting will include a short lecture and an activity to inspire expression. There is writing homework every week, which can range from the minimum to the moon, depending on the student. Some writing experience required. Reluctant writers are welcome.

TEACHER: Mackenzie Toler

SEMESTER FEE: $270


Tech Math 02- Introduction to Applied Math For Industrial Technology

Wednesday, 10:15 – 11:15 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 4 - 6

This course covers a practical application of basic math skills to typical industrial applications and problems. Topics include units of measure and conversions, reading tools of measurement, perimeter/area/volume calculations using plane and solid geometry, algebra, and arithmetic. Technical applications and problem-solving skills including the appropriate use of technology are emphasized.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to …

  1. Convert fractions to decimal and back.
  2. Use formulas to solve geometric problems.
  3. Use formulas to solve trigonometry problems.
  4. Understand decimal tolerances.
  5. Understand and work with percent.
  6. Work with different systems of measure.
  7. Working knowledge of literal equations in machine shop mathematics.
  8. Ratio and proportion.
  9. Measuring with rulers, tape measures, dial calipers, micrometers, and thread gages.

Course Prerequisite:

A basic knowledge of Arithmetic. Students should already be proficient in multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. If applicable, the student should have also successfully completed the TECH MATH-01 coursework.

Who should register for this course?

Anyone with an interest to apply basic mathematics to solve real-life workforce problems, specifically in the technical fields and are 9-years old or older

TEACHER: Artin Davidian

SEMESTER FEE: $310


Marine Zoology: Vertebrates 

This Class Is Full - Please add your name to the waitlist in the comments section of the registration page


Wednesday, 10:15 – 11:15am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 3 - 5


This is a continuation of the Marine Zoology: Invertebrates class from the spring semester. New students are welcome! In this session, students will be focusing on 5 major groups of marine vertebrates:

1. Cartilaginous Fish: No bones about it, cartilaginous fish are super cool! We’ll start with the super weird jawless fish, lampreys! Kids are always simultaneously fascinated and grossed out by this weird group! We’ll even get hands on with a dissection. Then, move into learning what makes skates different from stingrays, and do another dissection. Then, finish up with everyone’s favorite- SHARKS! We’ll explore them from every scientific aspect- evolution, taxonomy, anatomy, habitat, adaptations, conservation issues, and more! And…another dissection!

2. Bony Fish: Did you know that bony fish are the largest vertebrate group on earth? The variety of adaptations are amazing, and we’ll spend a few weeks learning all about them. Did you know that clownfish can change from being a male to a female and back again? How about the fact that cute little pufferfish contain a toxin 1,200 times more deadly than cyanide? Those are just a few of the interesting facts we’ll cover. And of course, a dissection!

3. Reptiles: Reptiles aren’t just on land! We’ll cover sea turtles, sea snakes, and the marine iguana (which is only found in the Galapagos!). There will be an awesome project that will track sea turtles on their migratory paths across the globe. We’ll learn what causes a baby sea turtle to become a male or female (hint: temperature!). Did you know that female sea turtles return to the beach they were born to lay their eggs, and that male sea turtles never leave the ocean? We’ll focus on all 7 species of sea turtle, and discuss the conservation issues surrounding them.

4. Birds: Did you know that a sea bird has the longest migration of any animal on earth? And it’s a sea bird that has the longest wingspan of any bird on earth? From seagulls to albatross, penguins to puffins, we’ll cover these often overlooked group of marine animals!

5. Marine Mammals: What’s the difference between a whale and a dolphin? What about a seal and a sea lion? Did you know the closest living relative to the whales are HIPPOPOTAMUSES?! We’ll cover these and many other fascinating topics as we work our way through the world of marine mammals! Manatees, sea otters, polar bears, seals, sea lions, walruses, dolphins, whales…WHEW! After studying their intelligence and emotional capabilities, we’ll then launch into a discussion on the pros and cons of keeping these animals in captivity.

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE: $310


Science Stories - True Tales From The Natural World

Wednesday, 11:15 – 12:15pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades K - 3

 

Sing and dance the germination song, experience metamorphosis though the journey of Charlie the caterpillar, trace the flight path of the tagged monarch butterfly who flew from Mexico to Minnesota. Each week students will learn about the natural world through the most memorable oral vehicle, storytelling! while seeing and touching the many gathered relics from Karen’s nature box. Karen was a walk leader for 8 years with the Children’s Nature Institute and led hundreds of children through the Santa Monica Mountains. In addition, students will learn about gardening by sprouting seeds, growing plants from cuttings, and making kitchen scrap gardens increasing their awareness of the environment, natural resources, ecology, conservation, composting and recycling.  We will also have a special guest from the Moonwater Farm who will teach us about composing and the importance of good soil.  

TEACHER: Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $270


Urban Farm Tour

Thursday November 9  9:00 am- 12:00 pm

         Compton, CA (Address provided upon registration)

Come join us at Moonwater Farm for an urban farm story and tour. You’ll meet and milk the goats, feed the chickens and fish, as well as learn some intriguing facts about soil biology and the life below the surface that makes our food possible! There are 3 distinct ways of growing food on our micro farm including aquaponics, permaculture and row crops. While the farm is a mere 15 miles away, once you walk into the space it’s easy to forget we are in LA County - the pond gurgles, there is plenty of art and an eye for aesthetics as well as yummy food growing available for harvest.

Geared to Grades K - 3 but all ages are welcome. 

Cost: $25


French History

Wednesday, 11:30 – 12:30pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 3 - 8

This class will offer different level of assignments for different ages. 


This course, focusing on the French monarchs, will begin with the very beginnings of France herself in the mid-400s, when King Clovis 1 became the first king, and end with the untimely death of Louis XVI at the hands of his own people. We’ll go through each of the dynasties and the monarchs that left their mark on this great nation- sometimes good, sometimes, well…..  We’ll learn about Gauls and Romans and Vikings… People you know- like Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, and Marie Antoinette- and lots of people you’ve never heard of (but should!)….Sons betraying fathers, mothers betraying sons, friends betraying friends….Battles, LOTS of battles! Between kings, kings and popes, kings and nobles, kings and the regular citizens…the Crusades and the French Religious Wars…how karma bit Charles IV in the behind, and prevented there ever being a queen to rule over France….Good King Henry IV (how I love him so!)….lots of dealings with England, Spain, Italy, and Austria…there’s even a beautiful love story! Oh, and um, spoiler alert- there are a few beheadings. So much drama, intrigue, and excitement- and the best part is that it all really happened! And it all happened before 1800!! And the best part is that I shot educational videos ON LOCATION to share with the class and really bring the material to life!

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE: $310


Chemistry - Discovery Level 

This Class Is Full - Please add your name to the waitlist in the comments section of the registration page

 

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 3 - 6


In this hands-on class, students will actively engage in scientific exploration with activities and experiments almost every week and a mini science fair at the end of the course. Students must bring a pair of clear safety goggles with their name written in permanent ink to the first class. Topics will include: An Introduction to Chemistry and Tools, Matter, Determining Mass, Volume, and Density, Atoms, Elements, and the Periodic Table,  Create an Element Poster, Mixtures and Compounds,  How to Determine Mixtures from Compounds, Solubility of Solids, Liquids, and Gases, Observing Solubility in Different Solutions, Polymers, Observing the Solubility, Absorption, and Creation of Polymers. Acids and Bases, Measuring pH to Determine if a Substance is an Acid or Base, Thermodynamics, Measuring Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions,  Oxidation Reduction Reactions, Observing Redox Reactions, Balancing Equations, There is No Magical Matter!, The Structure of Molecules, Creating Crystals, Organic Chemistry, You're Just One Big Walking Chemistry Experiment!

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook


SEMESTER FEE: $325


Chemistry Section 2 - Discovery Level 

This Class Is Full - Please add your name to the waitlist in the comments section of the registration page

 

Wednesday, 1:45 – 2:45pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 3 - 6


In this hands-on class, students will actively engage in scientific exploration with activities and experiments almost every week and a mini science fair at the end of the course. Students must bring a pair of clear safety goggles with their name written in permanent ink to the first class. Topics will include: An Introduction to Chemistry and Tools, Matter, Determining Mass, Volume, and Density, Atoms, Elements, and the Periodic Table,  Create an Element Poster, Mixtures and Compounds,  How to Determine Mixtures from Compounds, Solubility of Solids, Liquids, and Gases, Observing Solubility in Different Solutions, Polymers, Observing the Solubility, Absorption, and Creation of Polymers. Acids and Bases, Measuring pH to Determine if a Substance is an Acid or Base, Thermodynamics, Measuring Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions,  Oxidation Reduction Reactions, Observing Redox Reactions, Balancing Equations, There is No Magical Matter!, The Structure of Molecules, Creating Crystals, Organic Chemistry, You're Just One Big Walking Chemistry Experiment!

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook


SEMESTER FEE: $325


Fitness - Newbies

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades K-3

EXERSKILLS is an activity class for youth like no other!  We teach physical literacy - the mastering of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills  – throwing, kicking, running, agility, balance, strength and flexibility.  Through fun, age appropriate, activities and noncompetitive games, students learn all the necessary skills they need to feel confident with participating in any physical activity. Students also learn about spatial and directional awareness, so they are able to move their bodies through space without touching one another.  They will discover how to establish and maintain their position as it relates to other students and objects in the room.   EXERSKILLS gives kids the opportunity to be creative and have fun with their bodies, as our ultimate goal is to create an environment in which kids develop a lifetime love of physical fitness.

TEACHER: Staff from Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $260


International Cooking and Nutrition  

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 3 - 6

There is so much information about the “best” way to eat or what is the new superfood of the day.  It can be confusing and overwhelming!  All we want is for our children to just eat well balanced meals and snacks that will support their growing body, right? What better way to learn about nutrition than through cooking?! 

Students will enjoy preparing, cooking presenting and of course, eating delicious dishes in every class. Learning simple meal ideas that they can remake at home for his/her family to enjoy will inspire students to continue the skills at home.  Dishes will be inspired by world cuisine, through discovering different ingredients, students will learn about various cultures, foods, and spices from around the world.  Each lesson will include nutrition lessons covering information on fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, protein, and much more.  Students will make a variety of healthy and delicious foods, from breakfast ideas to afternoon snacks.

  • All food and cooking utensils provided will be kosher
  • No nuts will be included in any of the dishes
  • Dairy free options will be provided, when necessary
  • Gluten free option will provided, when necessary 


TEACHER: Staff from Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $300


 

International Cooking and Nutrition  

Wednesday, 1:45 – 2:45 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

          Grades K - 3

There is so much information about the “best” way to eat or what is the new superfood of the day.  It can be confusing and overwhelming!  All we want is for our children to just eat well balanced meals and snacks that will support their growing body, right? What better way to learn about nutrition than through cooking?! 

Students will enjoy preparing, cooking, presenting, and of course, eating delicious dishes in every class. Learning simple meal ideas that they can remake at home for his/her family to enjoy will inspire students to continue the skills at home.  Dishes will be inspired by world cuisine. Through discovering different ingredients, students will learn about various cultures, foods, and spices from around the world.  Each lesson will include nutrition lessons covering information on fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, protein, and much more.  Students will make a variety of healthy and delicious foods, from breakfast ideas to afternoon snacks.

  • All food and cooking utensils provided will be kosher
  • No nuts will be included in any of the dishes
  • Dairy free options will be provided, when necessary
  • Gluten free option will provided, when necessary 


TEACHER: Staff from Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $300

 

Speaker’s League 

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

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.

TEACHER: Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $200


WJCC Fun Run Training For The December 10th Race 

Wednesday, 3:15 – 4:15pm (6 weeks)

Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15,  29, Dec. 6   

Grades 3 - adult


The JCC 5k is coming this December!! Come and train for the 2nd annual JCC 5k with TEAM CLP.  Team training is for EVERY student, regardless of fitness level, size, ability or shape! No prior running or fitness experience required. Runners will learn running form, technique and pacing. Training will be geared to students in 3rd grade and up. Parents are welcome to participate for free! Each class combines discussion with fun activities; strength, balance and agility exercises; as well as running skills, drills and intervals.


TEACHER: Staff from Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $150, One parent free for each paying kid


FRIDAY CLASSES (9 WEEKS)


Advanced Chess: Chess In The Age Of Technology

Friday, 9:30am – 10:30am (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

All Ages: Experience necessary


Kids love technology; from the iPad to the Xbox to whatever thing is next, they can't stop smudging the screen with their little kid fingers! In this class we will put technology in the hands of good by using it to enhance and further Chess knowledge. Each week we will explore a different kind of technology to help the students understand the game better. From the 1970s Chess Challenger to apps to self moving magnetic pieces to virtual reality and everything in between, this class is sure to be "liked" by all!

*All students should be confident in the basic rules of Chess. This is a perfect follow up class for any children who previously attended Beginners Chess and/or Chess 2.0.*

*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: $240

 

Beginning Chess: Welcome To The Game Of Kings And Queens

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

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: $220


Art: Drawing, Water Color and Collage 

Friday, 10:30am – 12:00pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades K - 3


In this class students will learn basic skills and about how to use materials. Students will also learn to draw from looking at real life, photographs and from their imagination.

*Required materials: Please bring a 12X17, or close to it, portfolio or a large manila envelop for keep your drawings.

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky

SEMESTER FEE: $260

 

Ping Pong

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30 am (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

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: Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $180


Ping Pong

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

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: Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $180


Battle Bots 4.0

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 3 - 5

BattleBots is back. Now in its fourth iteration, it is better than ever. In teams, the students will design and construct robots. The robots w

BattleBots is back. Now in its fourth 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. Last semester, we focused on the mechanical engineering aspect of robotics. This semester, we will be paying more attention to the electrical side. The students will learn how to program the robots as well. 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 three 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.

TEACHER: Abraham Rav-Noy

SEMESTER FEE: $260


Battle Bots 4.0 

This Class Is Full - Please add your name to the waitlist in the comments section of the registration page

 

Friday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades K - 3


BattleBots is back. Now in its fourth 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. Last semester, we focused on the mechanical engineering aspect of robotics. This semester, we will be paying more attention to the electrical side. The students will learn how to program the robots as well. 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 three 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.

TEACHER: Abraham Rav-Noy

SEMESTER FEE: $260


Math Circle - Breaking Numbers Into Parts

Friday, 1:15 – 2:00pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades K - 1

 

This course, designed for students in Kindergarten and first grade, gives students a new way to approach elementary arithmetic. The course was created and tested at LAMC, Los Angeles Math Circle, for mathematically inclined children run by the UCLA Department of Mathematics. The course is based on the book, Breaking Numbers into Parts, available on Amazon.


https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Numbers-into-Parts-Gleizer/dp/1519770375/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502991715&sr=1-1&keywords=breaking+numbers+into+parts


The book was featured in the Washington Post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/02/16/teaching-5-and-6-year-olds-serious-basic-math/?utm_term=.89e27d5d5da0


It is a common kindergarten and first grade problem to break a positive integer into parts. For some reason mysterious to the creators of the course, Dr. Oleg Gleizer and Dr. Olga Radko, they always mean two parts. The first goal of the course is to teach kids how to break a positive integer n into parts in all the possible ways, from one part, n = n, to n parts, n = 1 + ... + 1 (n times).

The second goal of the course is to explain commutativity of addition in the age-appropriate manner. Every grown-up knows that the sum of any pair of positive integers does not depend on the order of the summands, m + n = n + m. Very few can explain why. A technique developed in the first part of the course allows the teacher to turn proving commutativity of addition into a construction game the little ones enjoy playing.

Addition is the first mathematical operation a child learns. It happens to be commutative. A trained mathematician knows that commutativity is a rare and important feature of a mathematical operation. Many mathematical operations do not commute. Unaware of that, the child needs an explanation of why we spend so much time discussing the intuitively obvious property of addition of natural numbers. We give a few. In particular, we show that many operations do not commute, either in math or in real life. Most often, the order of operations matters. If you don't believe it, switch the order of operations you routinely perform dressing up, "put on socks" and "put on shoes", and then look at yourself in the mirror.

Each homework assignment (yes, there will be homework!) begins with a warm-up, a problem that is not related to the theory studied in the book. The problem requires no special skill, but is tricky and fun to solve. The warm-up problems serve two purposes. One is to demonstrate the beauty of mathematics. The other is to prepare children for math competitions, such as Math Kangaroo.

The CLP teacher, Eric Kogan, was trained by the course creators to teach the course.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $245

 

Art: The Art Of "Sketchbook" 

Friday, 12:30 – 2:00pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 4 - 8


In this class students will develop the skills to keep an art journal. Students will also learn to draw from life and make sequential drawings using pencil, ink, watercolor and collage leading  to short graphic novel drawings using original stories.

Optional: Students will also learn the basics of drawing on a tablet for those who have  the technology of a tablet or iPad and a drawing app. For those who do not,  the drawing will be done in the sketchbook.

* Required materials: A hard bound all medium sketchbook . 

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky

SEMESTER FEE: $260



Math Circle - The Hanoi Tower Puzzle And The Sierpinski Triangle

Friday, 2:00 – 3: 00pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 4 - 5

This course, designed for students in grades 4-6, introduces children to recursive algorithms and related fractal sets. The course was created and tested at LAMC, Los Angeles Math Circle,  for mathematically inclined children run by UCLA Department of Mathematics.
Hidden in the jungle near Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, there  exists a Buddhist monastery where monks keep constantly moving golden disks from one diamond rod to another. There are 64 disks, all of different sizes, and three rods. Only one disk can be moved at a time and no larger disk can be placed on the top of a smaller one. Originally, all the disks were on the left rod. At the end, they all must be moved to the right rod. When all the disks are moved, the world will come to an end. (No worries here, it will take the monks a few hundred billion years to complete the task.) This tale was created by a French mathematician, Edouard Lucas, to promote the puzzle he had invented, Called the Hanoi Tower. It's a great way to get introduced to recursive algorithms.

A fractal is a self-similar geometric figure. Many fractals have fractal dimensions, hence the name. One of the simplest, and most
famous, fractals is the Sierpinski triangle, named after a renown Polish mathematician, Waclaw Sierpinski. The dimension of the triangle is 1.584962... Yes, it's less than two, but more than one! The Sierpinski triangle and the Hanoi Tower puzzle are very closely
related.


The teacher of the course, Eric Kogan, was trained by the course designer, Dr. Oleg Gleizer, to teach the course. To take the course, you will need to purchase the Hanoi Tower puzzle. There are a plenty of them an Amazon.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $260



Global Education: My Environment, My World, My Responsibility

Friday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades K - 3


This is the first in a series of classes that provide students with the opportunity to explore their world on a global perspective. This first class introduces concepts of environmental sustainability specifically looking at the impact humans have on our environment. Students will use multiple subject content in math, language arts, and science to build their own city, created from recycled materials, that tackles real-world problems in urban development. Students will also create a photo journal of how they see their world as captured through their personal perspective using photography. 

 

TEACHER: Ryanne Plaisance and City Kids

SEMESTER FEE: $240


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.