CLASS CATALOGUE Winter/ Spring 2018

(GRADES K–5)

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MONDAY CLASSES (15 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 (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 K -2

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 collaboration 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 exploring Southeast Asia, China, Hong Kong, Chinese Transportation, Weather, Japan, Japanese Arts, Pacific Ocean, San Francisco, US Flora And Fauna, US Religions, Bridges, Native Americans, US Arts, US Transportation, New York, and the Atlantic Ocean.

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

SEMESTER FEE: $490


United Nations: Peace And Conflict Resolution Studies

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 3 - 5


This class is the second 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.

New students are welcome!

TEACHER: Ryanne Plaisance and City Kids

SEMESTER FEE: $375


Writing Wonderland

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 3 - 5

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 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


Sign Language

Monday, 11:00am – 12:00 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 2 - 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.

New students are welcome!

TEACHER: Miriam Cantor

SEMESTER FEE: $375


Ping Pong

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)

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


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


The Magic Of Social and Emotional Connectivity

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 K -3

In this class, the goal is to fill your child's “tool box” to help them weather their social and emotional growth at this stage of their development. Through stories, crafts, activities, simple meditations, and games, this class is an opportunity to develop new skills and become more resilient in this busy world we live in.

Such tools enable each student to better express complex feelings and consciously decide how to act on those feelings, in age appropriate ways. They will learn about boundaries; mindfulness; ways to manage their worry, doubt, and anxiety; how to connect with others in positive ways; how to promote self-care of their own emotional health; and to learn the basics of resiliency. It is important to recognize that all feelings can pass, and that all feelings are valid. We can be safe AND feel safe when we know what to do when feelings seek to overwhelm us.

The ultimate goal is to help children, starting at a young age, to turn into older children, and then adults who can manage an active daily life that includes the complexities of anxiety, disappointment, frustration, and endurance, nourishing their self-worth, and maintaining happy and healthy relationships that survive through these challenges. The earlier the jump-start on this process, the easier it is to use and implement these techniques as the young mind is so open to options.

TEACHER: Samantha Zitola

SEMESTER FEE: $ 390

 

 

History of Clowns and Applied Physical Technique

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 K -3

This semester we will study the long history of clowns around the world. From the ancient ritual of the holy dancers and merry clowns among the Hopi Indians of the American Southwest, to the clown characters from Wajang Wong, Balinese Dance, to the court jesters of Europe.

Some of the questions we will explore are:

What is the purpose of the clown? What are the shared characteristics of the clowns across cultures and history? How have clowns been considered heroes throughout history and what motivated them? Why does the clown hide behind the image of the fool? Why have clowns been given free reign to do as they please? What special role did the court jesters hold? What kinds of positive messages and morals have we learned from clowns? What can we borrow from those who came before us and how can we use it to be modern heroes?  

Each class will consist of both a lesson in the history of clowns across cultures and then the taking of some of their acting techniques and applying them to our own ongoing exploration of physical comedy.  

TEACHER: Galit Levi

SEMESTER FEE: $375


Ping Pong 

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)

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


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

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

Monday, 12:15 – 2: 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 3 - 5

 

The new age of the “artist-scientist” has arrived.  This unique hands-on course is designed to focus on the common lines between creative expression and the STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math).  In this course, the instructor will teach projects that highlight unique Art-STEAM 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.  Projects may include:

  • Popstick Harmonica and Straw Trombone - Sound wave and transmission (Physics)
  • Drawing Bot - Force, Vibration, and Movement (Physics)
  • Anti-gravity Slope - Visual Illusion, Visual Perception, Perspective, and Geometry
  • Tessellations – Art & Design history, Math, and Geometry
  • 3D Kites – Truss structure, Fractal, and Fluid-dynamics (Physics)
  • Paper Circuits and LED – Electricity, Conductivity, and Circuitry Design
  • 3D Circuits with Play Dough – Circuitry Design, Conductivity, and Materials (Chemistry)
  • Lava Lamp - Material Density and Surface Tension (Physics and Chemistry)
  • Electronic parts such as LEDs, paper circuits, and batteries will be incorporated in some projects.

This class is a repeat of Winter/Spring 2017.

TEACHER: Fu-Tien Chiou

SEMESTER FEE: $490


Math Circle - Intro To Geometry

Monday, 1:15 – 2:15 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 3 - 5


The Intro to Geometry course introduces students to basic ideas of Euclidean geometry, from axioms and basic notions to compass-and-ruler constructions to theorems and proofs. Participants will need to bring a compass (geometric, not magnetic) and a ruler, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, and some paper to class.

* 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: $420

Recorder Two

Please email karen@karengolden.com for the times of this class

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 K -3

Learn to play the recorder through interactive storytelling and play. This is a continuation from the level one class. If you are a new student, please join our Friday beginner class or consider taking private lessons ( see below). Join with friends and make music together. Recorders and music books will be provided.  Includes note reading and music theory.  

TEACHER: Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $270

 

Drama - Game Of Life

Monday, 2:15 –3:15 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 3 -5

Theater is a way to play and to share.  We learn through play, and through drama and working as part of a team, we create self-confidence and the recognition of emotions and senses.  In this class, students will learn to develop self-awareness, respect, and a safe space of generosity and play.  Students will also learn that differences are good.  Everyone has a part in our game of life, life is a theater, and theater is life!

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

Math Circle - Intro To Geometry Part 2

Monday, 2:15 – 3:15 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 1 - 2

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. This class will be a continuation from the first semester class. 

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

 In addition, this class will cover the following concepts as well:

  • I. Word Problems such as: What is the biggest number of pieces you can get if you cut a circle using 3 straight cuts? a round pumpkin pie using 3 straight cuts?

    2. In a certain year, there were exactly four Mondays and four Fridays in January. What day of the week was January 20th?

    3. Lineland and Flatland Course: introduction to 1-2-3 dimensional shapes

    4. A Game with Dice (Probability Experiments)

    5. Map Coloring Problems and Clock Arithmetic

    6. Mobius Strip

    7. Quilt Mending
    Princess Fiona has damaged all her quilts during sword practice. Now they all have holes in them! Princess Fiona wants to fix them so that her “hole-y” quits are full quilts again. Cut each “hole-y” quilt into the fewest possible number of pieces to make the quilt on the right. Make sure to count the number of individual squares on the left and the right to make sure they match!

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $420


Math Circle - Breaking Numbers Into Parts

Monday, 3:15 – 4:00 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 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.

* 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: $420


WEDNESDAY CLASSES (17 WEEKS)


Think, Write and Create

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 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 student's 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: $420


Logic and Teamwork and Math, Oh My!

Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:00 am (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 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 student's 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: $420


Elementary English

 

Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00 am (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 - 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: Valorie Knutson

SEMESTER FEE: $420


Math Circle - Place Value Numerals 

Wednesday, 10:15 – 11:15 am (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- 5

To fully understand the working of our system of numerals, decimal place-value, one needs to do two things. The first is to take a look at
the decimal system that is not place-value. In this course, it will be the system that was in use in ancient Egypt. The second thing is to look at place-value systems with bases different from ten. In this course these will be the binary, trinary, octal, and hexadecimal. The first and the last are very important for anyone interested in understanding how computers work. On top of that, students will learn that BADDAD and C0FEEBABE are actually (hexadecimal) numbers!

* 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, 10:15 – 11:15am (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 - 5


This is a general biology course that will include lectures and labs. Students who wish to be graded can also take online quizzes each week in addition to regular homework. Topics covered will include: Cells, genetics, evolution, Earth’s history, viruses/bacteria, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and a few weeks focused on human anatomy.

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE: $515


Science Stories - True Tales From The Natural World

Wednesday, 11:15am – 12:15pm (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 K - 3

 

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 and the relics gathered each week by the students in their own nature boxes. This session we will focus on animal tales from different folkloric traditions and discover if the animal attributes are true. Are foxes sly, are spiders tricky, and is lion really the king of the jungle? How can we live peacefully with our animal neighbors? We will create new stories that reflect a deeper understanding of the animal kingdom.  Karen was a walk leader for 8 years with the Children’s Nature Institute and led hundreds of children through the Santa Monica Mountains. 

TEACHER: Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $420


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


Fitness - Newbies

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm (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 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: $420


International Cooking and Nutrition  

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm (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 - 5

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 their 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 

All new recipes from the fall session!

TEACHER: Staff from Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $465


 

International Cooking and Nutrition  

Wednesday, 1:45 – 2:45 pm (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 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 their 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 

All new recipes from the fall session!

TEACHER: Staff from Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $465

 

Speaker’s League 

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (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.

TEACHER: Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $310


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 skills and begin laying a foundation for fine tuning and listening to one another. 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


FRIDAY CLASSES (18 WEEKS)

Math Circle - Breaking Numbers Into Parts

Friday, 9:30 – 10:15am (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 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.

* 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: $505

 


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


Art: Mythology and Folklore Around The Globe

Friday, 10:30am – 12:00pm (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 K - 3

Students will learn about Russian and Haitian folk art in this fun cultural trip.  Each week we will explore fairy tales and stories and then create art projects using paint, drawing, and clay. 

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky 

SEMESTER FEE: $520

 

Travel Geography

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30 am (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 3 - 5

Join us on our adventure as we travel around the world exploring geography, culture, and history. We will cover all the important things you should know before embarking, such as language, laws, climate, transportation, safety, and currency and how to find information on these topics. We will look at famous landmarks and unique things to do with an emphasis on exciting places kids would want to visit.  We will ask questions such as: What can you buy with $1 around the world? What are some American customs that are considered offensive in other countries? And what do kids eat for breakfast in different places? Each class will include creative activities and discussions, as well as exercises on researching and writing. 

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $450

 

Ping Pong

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30 am (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. 

TEACHER: Gilbert 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. 

TEACHER: Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $360


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 and up

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 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. 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: $520


Battle Bots 5.0 

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

Friday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (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 K - 3

BattleBots 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 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.

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


Material Science

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

Friday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (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 3-5

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: $520

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.