CLASS CATALOGUE Fall 2021

(GRADES 6-12)

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Please Note: All classes that are longer than one hour will have a break during the class. 

Receive a 10% discount when registering for four or more classes per student.

MONDAY CLASSES (11 WEEKS) In-person at Adat Shalom 


World History: 1919-1945

Monday: 9:00am – 10:30am (11 weeks)

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

         Grades 6 - 12

Today, all humans, whether they are Europeans, Australian Aborigines, or Africans, belong to the same subgroup of human beings, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, or wise, wise humans. We have more in common with our ancestors and each other than we often admit, and we have survived thousands of years because of our ability to adapt and progress. This is the fifth semester of a 6-semester curriculum, but students can join at any time. The material covered for the fifth semester will be from 1919-1945, and will include World War I, the Great Depression, the rise of Communist China, World War II, and much more. We will be covering a lot of material in a short amount of time, so students will be expected to pay keen attention in class, take notes, and do a fair amount of homework, including weekly quizzes and a PowerPoint presentation. Students will not only learn the important events in history, but also learn how the information fits together in terms of human development, time periods, and regions of the world. We will make a timeline so that we can better understand how different societies developed over the course of history with similar stories. The curriculum will be based on the fifth unit of the Glencoe World History book.

New students are welcome!

Students are welcome to take this class remotely. Please let us know when you register. 

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $310


History Through Theatre: Theatre Lab Jr.: We The People

Monday: 9:00am – 10:30am (11 weeks)

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

         Grades 3 - 6

Literature comes alive through the performing arts as students improvise, create, and interpret scripts, incorporate personal experiences, debate ideas, and work with a myriad of interactive and immersive tools to explore history! This year, “We the People: A Kid’s Guide To Justice” explores justice and the law from ancient Greece and Rome, through the Salem Witch Trials, the making of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, slavery, the Underground Railroad and the Civil War, Women's Suffrage and the right to vote, and ending with the Civil Rights movement. Immerse yourself in the journey to justice - join the Theatre Lab Junior and be lit! 

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce
SEMESTER FEE: $310

 

Creative Writing: Short Story And Poetry

Monday: 10:45am – 11:45am (11 weeks)    

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

Grades 6 - 12 

Short stories are jampacked with the same great characters, excitement, and language of full- length novels, but in bite-sized bits. The exciting variety of engaging poetry forms similarly offer a rich mini-playground for writing. In this workshop, we’ll focus on short stories and poetry mentor texts to model as we unpack the elements and process of writing our own stories and poems. Through the creative writing process, students will draft, revise, edit and share their original pieces in a collaborative and fun environment.

TTEACHER: Heidi Joyce
SEMESTER FEE: $275


Story Circle

Monday: 12:00pm – 12:55pm (11 weeks)

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

Grades 6 - 12

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

Students are welcome to take this class remotely. Please let us know when you register. 

TEACHER: Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $275

Jump Rope Skills

Monday: 1:00pm – 1:55pm (11 weeks)

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

Grades 6 - 12

This jump rope course will teach students the basics of Single Rope, Double Dutch, and Group Jumping. Students will learn a variety of skills and jump rope activities to improve confidence, endurance, focus, teamwork, and creative expression. All skills will be age appropriate. 

Here is a link to the ropes Mike recommends: https://buyjumpropes.net/economy-beaded-jump-ropes/. Please purchase an 8 foot rope in the color of your choosing and bring it to the first class. Students will be responsible for bringing their ropes to class. Due to Covid, there will be no sharing of ropes. If your child would like to leave a rope at CLP, this is fine. It will be labeled with their name. 

TEACHERMike Fry
SEMESTER FEE: $275


Science Through Live Action Role Playing (LARP)

Monday: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (10 weeks)

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

Grades 6 -12

Learn science by playing interactive role-playing games. Find out about gravity and astronomy by creating your own star system, explore biological chemistry as a Dr. Frankenstein monster maker, solve mysteries using forensics as a police detective, fight villains as superheroes powered by the periodic table, and enjoy a pre-French Revolution garden party discussing and debating scientific theories. Each game benefits from student research both in and out of class. The curriculum adheres to California Science Standards for 8th grade and fulfills many Common Core standards as well. Each unit features three parts: preparation, play, and debriefing, each part being one class period. 

Please note that Aaron will be out of town on Oct. 4th and this class will be cancelled. 

TEACHERAaron Vanek
SEMESTER FEE: $280

TUESDAY CLASSES (11 WEEKS) Online. Your teacher will send you the Zoom links. 

An Introduction to ASL Through Songs, Poems and Stories

Tuesday: 10:45am – 11:45am (11 weeks)

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

Grades 4 - 10

This class will begin with teaching:

  • 1.  The basic elements of ASL, including handshapes, body placement, movements, and facial expression.        
  • 2.  A brief history of ASL
  • 3.  The manual alphabet
  • 4.  ASL handshapes
  • 5.  Unique linguistics, artistic expression of ASL

The class will then move into an emphasis of exposure to the unique expression of ASL through learning stories, songs, and poems. Given the time constraints of this class, fluency in ASL communication is not an objective. However, recommendations and referrals for further acquisition of ASL skills will be provided. 

TEACHER: Miriam Cantor
SEMESTER FEE: $275

High School English

Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00am – 12:30pm 

         Tuesday: Sept. 14, (no class 21, 28) Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, (no class 23), 30, Dec. 7, 14 (11 weeks)  

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

Grades 9 - 12

This year, we will study some of the world's greatest literature focusing on representative works by major authors cited in the AP® English Course Description with an emphasis on American classics.  A rich body of course reading will include works such as The Great Gatsby, and The Grapes of Wrath, and poems, essays, short stories, and excerpts from classic works by T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, Terrence Hayes, Lorraine Hansberry, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, E.A. Robinson, and others. All works selected for the course are widely recognized as essential college-bound texts.  

Through discussion, collaboration, and creative and interpretive writing experiences, students will learn and apply literary and rhetorical analysis. Class consists of mini-lessons, reflection, discussion, interaction with the readings, and a variety of literary activities to develop students’ skills as readers and thinkers.  

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

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce
SEMESTER FEE: $645

WEDNESDAY CLASSES (10 WEEKS) In-person at Adat Shalom 


Earth And Space Science

Wednesday: 9:00am – 10:00am (10 weeks)

 Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, (no class 24), Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 6 - 12

This middle/high course is designed to give students a foundation in the knowledge of Earth and Space Science. This course will give students insight into geology, the environment, and the universe. Topics will include the composition of Earth, geologic structures and forces, the oceans on our planet, natural resources, and the atmospheric forces that shape our world. The students will be sensitized to various moral and environmental issues. Earth’s spheres including the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and the atmosphere will be explored. Students will also learn about geologic time, space exploration, the solar system, and the universe beyond Earth. This course will include lectures and labs.

Required materials:

  • Textbook: Glencoe Earth Science: Geology, the Environment and the Universe, McGraw Hill, 2013, ISBN-10: 0076587134
  • A wide ruled notebook to write notes during class and for homework.
  • Pencils, eraser, colored pencils 

TEACHER: Dr. Charlotte Swanson
SEMESTER FEE: $280


Middle School English  

Wednesday: 10:00am – 11:30am (10 weeks)

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, (no class 24), Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 6 - 8

From Shakespearian plays to spooky poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, and the dystopian worlds of Ray Bradbury to the allegorical novellas of George Orwell, this class will explore the richness and variety that the literary world has to offer. Students will learn how to analyze literature, and think critically about different ideas and themes. They will learn to write creatively as well as academically. Writing skills include richer word choices, stronger paragraphs, idea brainstorming, organizational tools, description enrichment, the five-paragraph essay format, and editing strategies. Students will be expected to complete weekly assignments on Google Classroom where they will also receive individualized feedback. Access to a Gmail account is required for this class. New material for returning students. No textbook required. 

Please note: The material in this class will not overlap with the Friday online Middle School English class. Students are welcome to take both classes.

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $280

STEAM Art: Designing Cities For A Better World

Wednesday: 12:00am – 1:15am (10 weeks)

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, (no class 24), Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 4-8

Create a blueprint for a city that works for everyone. Learn to draw plans for green spaces, parks, tiny homes, urban food gardens and unique, fun transportation. Discover ways of welcoming wildlife to our shores and birds to our skies. We will explore existing spaces, public art, murals, the LA river and green corridors to get inspired as we become city planners. 

Due to Covid, each student will need to bring the following materials to the first class. The materials will be left in a class box. There will be no sharing of materials so please make sure your child is prepared to create art. 

Materials (create your personal kit):

  1. Markers
  2. Color Pencils 
  3. Pencil 
  4. Eraser  
  5. Sharpener
  6. Sketchbook 11”X14”
  7. Glue Stick
  8. Scissors
  9. Ziplock for storing materials with your child's name clearly marked. 

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky
SEMESTER FEE: $280


Speaker’s League

Wednesday: 1:30pm – 2:45pm (10 weeks)

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, (no class 24), Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 4  and up

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

New members are welcome!

TEACHERKaren Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $260

THURSDAY CLASSES (11 WEEKS) Online. Your teacher will send you the Zoom links. 

Theatre Lab High School: La Comédie Humaine: French Literature and the Best of All Possible Worlds

Thursday: 9:30am – 11:30am (11 weeks)       

Sept. 9, (no class 16, 23) 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no class 25) Dec. 2, 9, 16 

Grades 6 - 12

Please note: This class will be in person Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2 at Rosies 6039 Washington Blvd.,Culver City, CA 90232

The College-Bound Literature and Theatre Lab includes a fully integrated language arts curriculum using theatre, music, dance, literature, writing, film, and visual arts to explore and interpret significant themes and concepts geared for high school age and upper middle school students. Involving in-depth creative and interpretive explorations, this year’s Theatre Lab will focus on classic French literature including Candide by Voltaire, Tartuffe by Molière, Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand, The Stranger by Camus, The Little Prince by de Saint-Exupéry, Madame Bovary by Flaubert, The Bald Soprano and Rhinoceros by Ionesco, and more.  

During the ongoing workshop, students create theatre pieces, interpret scripts, poems, and stories, incorporate personal experiences and opinions, and work with a myriad of interactive and dynamic tools for exploring and comprehending challenging ideas. No prior training in dance, music or theatre is necessary.  From the material generated by the class throughout the semester, we will create a theatre piece that celebrates experiential learning.

"That show was spectacular. The level of depth you get into with these students is remarkable. The history, the politics, the commentary, the complexity, the progressiveness...it's all incredible.” – Mayim Bialik

“To say I was blown away is a huge understatement. I was moved beyond words. What you drew out of your young performers was nothing short of extraordinary. Their commitment to the work was beauty in motion. I was entertained, educated and enlightened. But more than all that, much more than all that, I was inspired.” – Cullen Douglas     

"We’re so impressed, moved and inspired by the kids’ talent and energy, and the beautiful and creative ways they showcased their knowledge. What an incredible experience for them to be involved in! The show has made a huge impact on us and we are so grateful to have seen it!" – Nina Mercer

New Students Welcome!

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce
SEMESTER FEE: $525

Responding to Anne Frank: A Creative Writing Exploration

Thursday: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (11 weeks)       

Sept. 9, (no class 16, 23) 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no class 25) Dec. 2, 9, 16 

Grades 6 - 12

One of the most read, most important, and most inspiring books in the world, Anne Franks diary poignantly and creatively documents her time in the Secret Annex. Anne speaks to us today not only through the moving and tragic nature of her story, but through the extraordinary sophistication of her gifts as a writer. By exploring Anne, the author, young writers can embark on a journey of self-discovery and expression to encounter a new understanding of the power of writing.

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce
SEMESTER FEE: $275

Storytelling - Let's Tell Stories

Thursday: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (11 weeks)       

Sept. 9, (no class 16, 23) 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no class 25) Dec. 2, 9, 16 

Grades 4 - 8

Humans love stories, and a well told story is even more beloved. In this class we will learn to tell stories from a variety of sources including, personal and family stories, folktales, legends and more. Students will learn what makes a good story and how to offer supportive suggestions for helping their classmates tell a better story. This class enhances creativity, public speaking, and the art of listening in a fun, interactive, and safe environment where even the shyest students can shine. Because this class is virtual, we can make friends from near and far and will have the opportunity to hear other professional storytellers from far-away places.

TEACHER: Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $275

FEE: nnual JCC 5k with TEAM CLP.  Team training is for EVERY studen


FRIDAY CLASSES (12 WEEKS) Online. Your teacher will send you the Zoom links. 

Chess 2 - The Amazing (Ratings) Race

Friday: 9:00am – 10:00am (12 weeks)

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

Grades 1  and up 

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your “Chess Engines!” In this competition-forward class the students will be racing to Checkmate one another in an epic quest to become the highest chess.com Rated player by the end of the session. Conquering your opponents is paramount this time around since defeats result in a chess.com Rating decrease whilst victories equal an increase. We won’t just be competing for the Standard Chess Rapid Rating category; instead each player will get to choose from any one of the 50 or more different attainable Ratings, records, variants or achievements available on the website. So there’s a good chance everyone will cross the finish line in 1st place of at least one category. There will be Chess prizes on the line for the victors and for students who can break any of Sir Brian’s Ratings or records! Throughout the competition each player will have the chance to be Crowned King or Queen thusly gaining the power to command the rest of the class (their subjects) to assist them in their journey to the top spot. Get ready to Ratings Race all the way to the CHECKered flag!

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

TEACHER: Brian Julian
SEMESTER FEE: $310

 

Chess 1: Welcome To The Game Of Kings And Queens

Friday: 10:30am – 11:30am (12 weeks)       

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

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: perseverance, nobility, courtesy, benevolence, responsibility, problem solving, confidence, 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!

TEACHER: Brian Julian
SEMESTER FEE: $300

High School English

Tuesday and Friday: 11:00am – 12:30pm 

         Tuesday: Sept. 14, (no class 21, 28) Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, (no class 23), 30, Dec. 7, 14 (11 weeks)  

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

Grades 9 - 12

See Tuesday For Description


US  Government  

Friday, 10:15am – 11:15am (12 weeks)

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

Grades 6 - 12

We will learn through discussions and activities about the founding and government of the United States. Starting with the British colonies in the late 1700s, we will learn why the US fought the Revolutionary War and how we created the Constitution and our unique form of government. We will learn about the separation of powers in the US, and how a bill becomes a law. We will talk about who gets to vote today, and how and why that has changed. We will also learn about how the Electoral College works. Without a partisan agenda, we will cover diverse viewpoints and learn about different forms of government (empire, monarchy, dictatorship, republic) and the partisan positions (libertarian, socialist, liberal, conservative). Students will also gain news media literacy by learning how to identify fact-based content.


TEACHER: Steve Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $300

Middle School English

Friday: 11:30am – 12:30pm (12 weeks)       

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

Grades 6 - 8

From Shakespearian plays to spooky poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, and the dystopian worlds of Ray Bradbury to the allegorical novellas of George Orwell, this class will explore the richness and variety that the literary world has to offer. Students will learn how to analyze literature, and think critically about different ideas and themes. They will learn to write creatively as well as academically. Writing skills include richer word choices, stronger paragraphs, idea brainstorming, organizational tools, description enrichment, the five-paragraph essay format, and editing strategies. Zoom classes will be interactive and include engaging elements such as breakout rooms, PowerPoint presentations, games, Kahoot, and so much more! Students will be expected to complete weekly assignments on Google Classroom where they will also receive individualized feedback. Access to a Gmail account is required for this class. New material for returning students. No textbook required. 

Please note: The material in this class will not overlap with the Wednesday in-person Middle School English class. Students are welcome to take both classes.

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $300


Introduction To Photoshop

Friday: 12:45pm – 1:45pm (12 weeks)       

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

Grades 5 - 12

We will learn the basics of Photoshop, including opening images, working with layers, adjusting image quality, making selections, retouching images, using color, adding text and shapes, combining images, applying filters, and more. Each week there will be assignments to complete using your newly learned skills. Adobe offers an “All Apps” plan to students for just $19.99/mo. for the first year. This course is a repeat from Fall 2020.


TEACHER: Steve Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $325

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. 


Math Circle: A Partnership With 21st Century Math

The dates and times of your child's class will be arranged with instructor Eric Kogan erickogan@21centurymath.com.

Fees are $30 per weekly lesson and payments will be made to Creative Learning Place. Once the dates and times are determined, Eric will let you and I know your semester fee so you can be billed accordingly. If you are part of a charter school, the Purchase Order is to be made out to Creative Learning Place. Thank you!

Beginners 1, Grade 3-4
The course is based on the soon to be published book, Mathematical Adventure with ORMC, Level 1,
From Optical Illusions to Fighting Dragons, by Dr. Gleizer and Dr. Radko. Beginners 1 is a two-year-long enrichment course for children in grades two through four.
The course is designed for mathematically inclined children 7 to 10 years of age. There are 33 lessons in the book. Each lesson takes two to three 50-minute-long sessions to cover. Each lesson is followed by homework. The lessons cover topics including advanced problem solving, graph theory, Roman and binary numbers, the one-sided surface known as the Mobius strip, and vectors in the plane. We study the latter in the How to Kill a Dragon game.
To succeed in the course, a child needs to have some basic familiarity with long addition and subtraction as well as with multiplication of two-digit numbers. This level of mathematical prowess is usually achieved in the fourth grade of a standard US school. If your child is ahead of their grade level, they can start this course as early as in the second grade.

Beginners 2, Grade 5-6
Beginners 2 is based on the soon to be published book, Math Adventures with ORMC, Level 2, From Ciphers to Nets of Solids, by Dr. Gleizer and Dr. Radko.
The course is designed for mathematically inclined children 9 to 12 years of age. There are 20 lessons in the book. Each lesson takes two to three 50-minute-long sessions to cover. Each lesson is followed by homework. The lessons cover the topics including ciphers, functions, solids, projections, introduction to logic, microchip design, and more.

Intermediate 1, Grade 7-8
The classes are suitable for mathematically inclined children 11 to 13 years of age. The topics covered include the Tower of Hanoi and the Sierpinksi Triangle, Egyptian multiplication and binary numbers, introduction to geometry, compass and ruler constructions, clock-face arithmetic, coordinates in the plane and on a sphere, functions and graphs, and geometry on the cylinder.

For more details about the program, such as our curriculum, grade levels, classes and fees please visit: https://www.21centurymath.com/.
Feel free to download the LESSON EXAMPLES to share with your children.

Tutoring  

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