CLASS CATALOGUE Fall 2018

(GRADES K–5)

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MONDAY CLASSES (9 WEEKS)


Celebration Education - Adventure At The Museum

Monday, 9:00 – 11:00 am (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades K -2


Join us as we explore topics of scientific, artistic, cultural, and historic importance including scales of the universe, constellations, our planet, rocks and minerals, traces of life, life, human origins, pharaohs and Egyptian artifacts, The Roman Empire, Ancient Greece and more. Celebration Education classes delve into Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, STEAM.

(I have a particular fondness for teaching about museums as I have been a docent at some of the world’s greatest museums, including the Smithsonian. I have also led docent trainings on how to bring artifacts to life.)

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

SEMESTER FEE: $295


Conflict Resolution: Peace And Conflict Resolution In History

Monday, 9:00 – 10:00 am (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades 3 - 5


Now more than ever, we must learn to effectively express ourselves in ways that resolve conflict, build peace, and foster connection. Through discussion-based learning and selected readings, students will explore what conflict means, why it is a necessary and important part of human interaction, and how people have resolved conflicts in productive ways throughout history. We will be using NVC (Non-Violent Communication Processes) and practicing age-appropriate communication skills while exploring these themes through the lens of literature. There will be excerpts from books including One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia which takes place during the civil rights movement, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai which follows a family of Vietnamese refugees, and Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan - a story about WWII. 

Students will be given a cultural and historical context of our readings and be asked to read an excerpt prior to coming to class. Our lessons will consist of reading discussions, historical learning, and collaborative investigations into the choices that conspire to create peace through conflict. There will be new and fun learning experiences for students who have previously taken United Nations and for new students that want to learn more about what it means to communicate constructively.

TEACHER: Staff From City Kids

SEMESTER FEE: $220


Writing Wonderland

Monday, 10:00 – 11:00 am (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades 3 - 5

Writing words on a page can be exciting and liberating.  It can also be daunting at times for some.  In this Creative Writing class, we explore written narrative forms to express ourselves, share ideas, and tell stories.  Learning how to move beyond our inner critic and gain confidence in our individual expression and writing is a beneficial skill to develop.  Class reading and writing topics assist students in utilizing  various forms of written expression to free their own words on paper.  All writing levels welcome!

TEACHER: Valorie Knutson

SEMESTER FEE: $220


Sign Language

Monday, 11:00am – 12:00 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades 2 - 5

This class will be a continuing class in American Sign Language (ASL). New students are welcome. 

       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: $230


Ping Pong

Monday, 11:15am – 12:15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

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: $180


Recorder Level Two and Three

Monday, 11:15 –12:00 am (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades 3 -6

This is a continuation from the Level Two 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: $160


Orff - Schulwerk Music

Monday, 11:15am – 12:15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades K -3

These joyous and energetic music classes encourage children to improvise and explore their own musical ideas.  The Orff-Schulwerk method of teaching children about music engages their mind and body through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting and the use of specially designed percussion instruments (drums, xylophones, glockenspiels, and all kinds of world percussion). Created by composer Carl Orff (Carmina Burana) and Gunild Keetman, Orff-Schulwerk emphasizes creativity, self-expression and composition as well as enhancing cooperation and collaboration. Just as every child can learn to read and write words, so can every child learn music.  

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $250

  

Orff - Schulwerk Music

Monday, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades 3 -5


These joyous and energetic music classes encourage children to improvise and explore their own musical ideas.  The Orff-Schulwerk method of teaching children about music engages their mind and body through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting and the use of specially designed percussion instruments (drums, xylophones, glockenspiels, and all kinds of world percussion). Created by composer Carl Orff (Carmina Burana) and Gunild Keetman, Orff-Schulwerk emphasizes creativity, self-expression and composition as well as enhancing cooperation and collaboration. Just as every child can learn to read and write words, so can every child learn music.  

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $250


Ping Pong 

Monday, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

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: $180

Inventors Science

Monday, 12:15 – 1: 15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades K - 3

 Students become real-life inventors on Professors Egghead’s team as they experiment with awesome inventions like helicopters, hovercrafts, rockets, and catapults to learn the science behind what makes them work! Then they’ll create their very own inventions to take home at the end of each class.

TEACHER: Professor Egghead Staff

SEMESTER FEE: $240



Math Circle - Part 1

Monday, 1:15 – 2: 00 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades K - 1

This course gives students a new way to approach elementary arithmetic. The course was created and tested at LAMC (Los Angeles Math Circle) run by the UCLA Department of Mathematics. 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 an age-appropriate manner through exciting math games. 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 and requires no special skill, but is tricky and fun to solve. These problems demonstrate the beauty of mathematics and prepare children for math competitions, such as Math Kangaroo.

* 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 (accredited by the course creators to teach the course)

SEMESTER FEE: $250

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  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

This 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 

Inventors Science

Monday, 1:15 – 2: 15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades 3 - 5

Students become real-life inventors on Professors Egghead’s team as they experiment with awesome inventions like helicopters, hovercrafts, rockets, and catapults to learn the science behind what makes them work! Then they’ll create their very own inventions to take home at the end of each class.

TEACHER: Professor Egghead Staff

SEMESTER FEE: $240

Financial Literacy 1A

Monday, 2:15 – 3: 15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades  K - 3

 Financial habits are born early. Every adult should have the skills, confidence, and experience on how best to navigate their personal finances. City Kids financial classes prepares students for financial success as adults. City Kids uses the Money as You Grow program and the FDIC Money Smart Financial Education Program to offer fun, interactive, financial literacy classes for kids. The program was an initiative by President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability aimed at preparing students and families to become financially secure and knowledgeable. This class focuses on:

  • 1)    Savings vs Spending
  • 2)    Setting Financial Goals (Want vs Need)
  • 3)    Protecting Your Money
  • 4)    Growing Your Money
  • 5)    Smart Money Management Choices 

Combining hands-on activities and specially chosen books, students become excited about finance and the power of money management.

TEACHER: Staff From City Kids

SEMESTER FEE: $230

Math Circle 3 - 5

Monday, 2:15 – 3:15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades 3 - 5

The math program at CLP is supported by LAMC, Los Angeles math Circle, a Sunday math school for mathematically inclined children run by UCLA Department of Mathematics. LAMC curriculum covers all the levels from K to 12. The topics range from place-value numerals to set theory, geometry, graph theory, Boolean algebra, topology, etc. We use the LAMC curriculum to tailor our classes to the needs and mathematical backgrounds of our students. The topics we cover are either missing from, or are not covered in depth, in the standard U.S. school curriculum. Our instructors are trained by the LAMC personnel. The CLP math program not only prepares our students for college, but it also shows that math is one of the most beautiful and entertaining human activities, with the same level of creativity as poetry and music.

To see samples of the CLP Math Circle Courses for the previous year, please click on the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/01fakoixq3ef5qw/AAAli-FH7DUGHI7EAgtS0hNBa?dl=0

* Creative Learning Place prides itself on its 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. 

*Math Circle is not a substitution for a sequential math curriculum. We encourage our students to study sequential math separately.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $250

Drama - Game Of Life

Monday, 2:15 –3:15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades 3 -5

Theater is a way to play and to share, and we learn by playing. Through drama and by working as part of a team, we create self-confidence and a better understanding of our emotions and senses.  In this class, students will learn to develop self-awareness, respect, and to create 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: $220

Sewing 2 - Create Your Style

Monday, 2:15 –3:45 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

Grades 5 - 10

For students who have taken sewing or have experience with using a sewing machine.

In this class students will continue to practice and expand their sewing technique by choosing garment patterns to make from selected pattern styles, reading patterns, and choosing size, fabrics and other materials to use for projects. Students will also learn about fabric characteristics and practice pattern placement on fabric, pinning and cutting.  Students will complete two projects and there may be enough time for a third small project.

  • Sewing machines are provided. You may bring your sewing machine to learn how to use it.
  • The class fee will include two commercial patterns and thread.
  • Students will choose and purchase fabrics at the local fabric store by the second class for the first project. For the second project students will have more time to purchase fabrics.
  • Limited to 8 students per class

TEACHER: Christina Borreaz

SEMESTER FEE: $315

Math Circle - Part 2

Monday, 3:15 – 4:00 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 17, (No Class 24, Oct. 1) 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5,  (No class 12, 19) 26, Dec. 3, 10

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 last years class. 

 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 on the right, to make sure they match!

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $250

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  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

This 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 


WEDNESDAY CLASSES (12 WEEKS)


Think, Write and Create

Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00am (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

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: $300


Logic and Teamwork and Math, Oh My!

Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:00 am (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

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: $300


Elementary English

Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00 am (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Grades 3 - 5

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

 -Dr. Suess

Join us on an adventure through words as we explore poetry, short stories, and level-appropriate novels. Students will begin to think deeper about what they are reading, and make connections to other texts and to their own lives. They will learn how to strengthen their sentences, write paragraphs, and organize their thoughts into essays. Students will look at the elements of a good story, and even write some of their own. 

Each class will include a lesson and an activity to inspire expression and reinforce what students have learned. There will be weekly writing and reading assignments. Some reading and writing experience required. Reluctant readers and writers are welcome.

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $300


Math Circle 3 - 5

Wednesday, 10:15 – 11:15 am (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Grades  3- 5

The math program at CLP is supported by LAMC, Los Angeles math Circle, a Sunday math school for mathematically inclined children run by UCLA Department of Mathematics. LAMC curriculum covers all the levels from K to 12. The topics range from place-value numerals to set theory, geometry, graph theory, Boolean algebra, topology, etc. We use the LAMC curriculum to tailor our classes to the needs and mathematical backgrounds of our students. The topics we cover are either missing from, or are not covered in depth, in the standard U.S. school curriculum. Our instructors are trained by the LAMC personnel. The CLP math program not only prepares our students for college, but it also shows that math is one of the most beautiful and entertaining human activities, with the same level of creativity as poetry and music.

To see samples of the CLP Math Circle Courses from the previous year, please click on the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/01fakoixq3ef5qw/AAAli-FH7DUGHI7EAgtS0hNBa?dl=0

* 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. 

* Interestingly enough, Math preparedness or extensive knowledge are not necessary components of a successful Math Circle. Having said that, it should be acknowledged that the Math Circle is not a substitution for a sequential math curriculum. We encourage our students to study sequential math separately.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $335


US And World Geography

Wednesday, 10:15 – 11:15am (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Grades 3 - 5

We will spend the first 6 weeks learning all about the United States! We will learn the locations of every state in the country, region by region, with weekly in class graded map games and tests. Then, we will spend the last 6 weeks studying the 7 continents of the world to understand the locations, geography, and culture of these areas.

There is no textbook for this class, and no online learning system access.

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE: $340


Story Journey's - World Geography Through Tales And Tunes

Wednesday, 11:15 – 12:15am (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Grades K - 3

Travel the world without leaving your seat. Each week we will visit a new country and experience the culture through folktales and songs. Students will meet Anansi, Juha, Coyote and other tricksters and heroes while discovering foods and customs that are part of the tapestry of world culture. Participants will also discover what makes a good story, while shaping and sharing their own telling of tales in a safe place. This class enhances creativity, public speaking, and the art of listening in a fun, interactive, and a safe environment where even the shyest students can shine. 

TEACHER: Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $285


Women In History:Daring Dames

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

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Grades 5 - 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. This semester we will be specifically focusing on women who were adventurous, and who dared to try things that had never been done before, including Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart, Nellie Bly, and Jeanne Baret.

This class will be 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.

Note: For those of you who took my class last semester, this semester will not overlap with what we previously learned. 

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $300


Harry Potter Genetics

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

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Grades 4 - 8 (Academically advanced 4th graders are welcome)

This class was such a huge hit when we offered it two years ago, that the kids are STILL talking about it! Learn all about genetics by using the wizarding world of Harry Potter! Full online access to the lesson plans, videos, and quizzes will be available. Students can choose if they want to receive a grade for the course or not. Graded students will be required to do the weekly quizzes and homework assignments.

Textbook: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (The “encyclopedia” version- not the screenplay)

ISBN-10: 1338132318

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE: $350


Zoology - Section 1

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Grades 3 - 6

We will spend 12 weeks focusing on something all of the kids (and me!) get so excited about... animal life! Well work our way through every animal phyla, from the simplest sponges all the way up to the mammals! This course will have dissections (optional) and labs, plus fun weekly hands-on projects.

There is no textbook for this class, and no online learning system access.

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

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook


SEMESTER FEE: $360


Mechanical Engineering With Legos

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Grades K - 3

This class will allow students to learn the fundamentals of mechanical engineering in a fun, and hands-on environment. Every week, the students will receive a special kit. Using instructions from LEGO Education, they will construct a variety of mechanisms designed to complete a specific task. The students will then receive a challenge. To complete the challenge, the students will have to work as a team, and improve upon the design together. Throughout the course, students will learn about gears, pulleys, levers, and many other mechanical solutions. They will learn how to creatively approach engineering challenges, and learn teamwork skills that will last a lifetime.

Maximum class size is 6 students.

TEACHER: Gitty Rav-Noy

SEMESTER FEE: $285


Have A Ball

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Grades K-3

In this class we have a great time while developing physical and social skills that last a lifetime.  We do this by stressing joy and reward, by giving the children the opportunity to explore, experiment, and create activities without fear.  Each session focuses on exploring and learning basic motor skills, body balance, and coordination through the use of balls, ropes, balance beam, gymnastic mats, rhythmic ribbon, other equipment, and music. Our goals are not only to improve and grow, but also to have an awesome time in a safe environment.

Limited to 10 students per class

TEACHER: Mariela Broome

SEMESTER FEE: $285


International Cooking: Skills And Nutrition  

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

          Grades 3 - 5

Italy is know for its pasta, France is know for its bread, and Germany is know for its sausages. But these countries have so much more to offer, and there are so many countries to explore... what about Ethiopia, Korea, or Peru?

Come on an amazing food journey where students will learn about food from growth to consumption.  This authentic experience will also include details of each region explored, as well as holidays celebrated, and how they enjoy the food, from sitting on the floor to eating with bread instead of utensils.

Students will enjoy preparing, cooking, presenting, and of course, eating delicious dishes in every class. Learning simple meal ideas that students can remake at home, for their families to enjoy, will inspire students to continue practicing outside of class.  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 after school 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 be provided, when necessary.

All new recipes from last year!

TEACHER: Staff from Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $335

International Cooking: Skills And Nutrition  

Wednesday, 1:45 – 2:45 pm (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

          Grades K - 3

Italy is know for its pasta, France is know for its bread, and Germany is know for its sausages. But these countries have so much more to offer, and there are so many countries to explore... what about Ethiopia, Korea, or Peru?

Come on an amazing food journey where students will learn about food from growth to consumption.  This authentic experience will also include details of each region explored, as well as holidays celebrated, and how they enjoy the food, from sitting on the floor to eating with bread instead of utensils.

Students will enjoy preparing, cooking, presenting, and of course, eating delicious dishes in every class. Learning simple meal ideas that students can remake at home, for their families to enjoy, will inspire students to continue practicing outside of class.  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 after school 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 last year!

TEACHER: Staff from Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $335

 

Speaker’s League 

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

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: $220


Sewing For Adults

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Students will learn all the basics of sewing including learning about fabric, how to read a pattern, how to place a pattern on fabric, pin, and cut, and how to thread, sew and care for a machine. The first project students will make is a messenger bag.  For the second project students will choose from selected projects, and there may be enough time for a third small project.

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

TEACHER: Christina Borraez

SEMESTER FEE: $400


Sewing 1

Wednesday, 3:15 – 4:45 pm (12 weeks)

Sept. 5, 12,  (No Class Sept 19, 26), Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, (No Class Nov. 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12

Grades 5 -10

Students will learn all the basics of sewing including learning about fabric, how to read a pattern, how to place a pattern on fabric, pin, and cut, and how to thread, sew and care for a machine. The first project students will make is a messenger bag.  For the second project students will choose from selected projects, and there may be enough time for a third small project.

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: Christina Borraez

SEMESTER FEE: $400


FRIDAY CLASSES (13 WEEKS)


Recorder 1

Friday, 9:30 – 10:15am (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

K - 3

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.  Includes note reading and music theory.  

TEACHER: Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $230

Chess 2.0

Friday, 9:30 – 10:30am (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

All Ages


In this class, for more experienced players, we will be taking Chess education to a higher level. We'll begin with a lightening fast review of the rules of the game, but quickly move beyond that to dive into Chess strategy, technique and style! There will be something challenging for all involved. The class will be fun and upbeat, and will include gameplay, puzzles, technology, and group activities.

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

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $320


Chess4Everyone

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

All Ages 


This is neither a beginner nor an advanced class; it’s both! In this course Kids To Kings welcomes students of all ages and experience levels. Players that are new to Chess will be introduced to The Game of Kings, and learn everything from the names of the Chessmen all the way up to special moves, like Castling. For more experienced players we will go beyond the basics to explore Chess strategy, technique and style! The class will be fun and upbeat, and will include gameplay, puzzles, technology, and group activities. There will be something challenging for all involved. This is truly Chess 4 Everyone!

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $320


Art: Small, Small World

Friday, 10:30am – 12:00pm (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

Grades K - 3

Explore the world of miniatures and learn to see from an ant’s point of view. In this class students will construct art using tiny paint brushes and small materials to create mini paintings and dioramas. Students will learn about the natural world we barely notice by becoming plant detectives, and keeping a sketch book of tiny findings.  


TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky 

SEMESTER FEE: $345

 

Spanish And French Songs And Games - A Historic Journey

Friday, 10:30am – 11:30am (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

Grades 3 - 5

Have you ever wanted to speak or learn another language? This is your opportunity to learn about a culture and the history of a country through traditional songs and games. Join multi-linguist Tessie (who is from Mexico City) as she takes you to Mexico and  France to learn about the culture, traditions and history of the people through songs and games.  Students will also learn about Celtic folklore, and the magic of the forest, through Celtic songs.

TEACHER: Tessie Harrasti

SEMESTER FEE: $320

 

Ping Pong

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30 am (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

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: $260


Engineering: Super Structures With Lego

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

Grades K - 3

Come join the Egghead Engineering Team this session as we design and build huge structures! Using LEGO™, students will build mega bridges that can withstand over 4 lbs. of weight, 4 foot tall skyscrapers, gigantic pyramids, and tons more. Then, we’ll try to knock em down, crush them, and put them to the test!

TEACHER: Professor Egghead Science

SEMESTER FEE: $335

Ping Pong

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

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: $260


Hobby Game Design 

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

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 

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

TEACHER: Aaron Vanek

SEMESTER FEE: $340


STEAM Roll Physiology

Friday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

Grades K - 4

The human body is an amazing machine made of up hundreds of different parts, joints, angles, art, and a hard drive. Also know as organs, muscles, bones, aesthetics and the brain.  This one of a kind class will explore human movement and function through discussion as well as various hands-on and physical activities.

Students will examine:

  • Physiology and movement 
  • How the body works and moves
  • The connection with animals and how we’re different and similar
  • Athletes- what do they have that helps them excel? 
  • Functioning of the human brain and the role of genetics in development 
  • Recess/play - why is it important to the development and function of the brain and body? 

TEACHER: Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $340

The Art Of A Mini Museum 

Friday, 12:30 – 2:00pm (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

Grades 4 - 9

Micro Art in focus;  create a museum of your favorite miniatures using a variety of materials. Students will learn about other micro-artists to help them to create art on a small scale.  Students are encouraged to be inspired though visiting the micro art collections at the Museum of Jurassic Technology:   http://mjt.org/ .


TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky

SEMESTER FEE: $345


Math Circle Olympiad

Friday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (13 weeks)

Sept 7, 14, 21,(No Class Sept. 28), Oct. 5, 12 , 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 ,16, (No Class Nov. 23) 30, Dec. 7, 14

Grades 3-10

Do you like math? Do you want to participate in math activities with your peers? Then join our Math Olympiad Class. This class serves as a bridge between the theory and ideas learned during Math Circle Classes and 'Hands-On' problem solving presented at Math Competitions. It will also prepare students for Math Olympiads, such as Math Kangaroo and AMC (American Math Competition).

*What is math circle?
Mathematical enrichment activities in the United States have been around for at least thirty years, in the form of residential summer programs, math contests, and local school-based programs. The concept of a math circle, on the other hand, with its emphasis on convening professional mathematicians and secondary school students on a regular basis to solve problems, has appeared only within the past twelve years. This form of mathematical outreach made its way to the U.S. most directly from Russia (former Soviet Bloc), where it has been a fixture of their mathematical culture for decades.

The tradition arrived with émigrés who had received their inspiration from math circles as teenagers. Many of them successfully climbed the academic ladder to secure positions within universities, and a few pioneers among them decided to initiate math circles within their communities to preserve the tradition, which had been so pivotal in their own formation as mathematicians.

Math circles can have a variety of styles. Some are very informal, with the learning proceeding through games, stories, or hands-on activities. Others are more traditional enrichment classes, but without formal examinations. Some have a strong emphasis on preparing for math Olympiad or Competitions; some avoid competition as much as possible. Models can use any combination of these techniques, depending on the audience, the mathematician, and the environment of the circle. Athletes have sports teams through which to deepen their involvement with sports; math circles can play a similar role for kids who like to think.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $360

Private Recorder or Saxophone Lessons

Learn to play the recorder or saxophone 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: $120 for four 30 minute lessons. Please email Karen@karengolden.com to  schedule a time. 

Tutoring  

Are you interested in tutoring sessions in math or 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. 


CLP Extravangaza

Join us for our amazing end of the year party as we show off our students' progress on December 16, from 3:00 - 6:00 pm.