CLASS CATALOGUE Fall 2021

(GRADES K–5)

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


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


Professor Egghead - Explorers

Monday: 9:00am – 10:00am (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 K - 3

Strap on your gear, grab your binoculars, and join the Egghead Explorer Squad as we fizz, pop, mix, and experiment our way around the Earth! As Egghead Explorers, students will make a sundial to keep track of the time, a flashlight to see in the dark, fake tar pits, fossils, volcanoes, snow, magnetic cars, and tons more. The best part? They get to take it all home! All Eggheads will also get their Explorer ID card and an Egghead Explorer Degree authorizing them to use real science to explore the globe!

TEACHER: Professor Egghead Staff
SEMESTER FEE: $310


Jump Rope Skills

Monday: 10:15am – 11:15am (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 K - 3

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. 

TEACHER: Mike Fry
SEMESTER FEE: $275

Professor Egghead - Explorers

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 3 - 5

Strap on your gear, grab your binoculars, and join the Egghead Explorer Squad as we fizz, pop, mix, and experiment our way around the Earth! As Egghead Explorers, students will make a sundial to keep track of the time, a flashlight to see in the dark, fake tar pits, fossils, volcanoes, snow, magnetic cars, and tons more. The best part? They get to take it all home! All Eggheads will also get their Explorer ID card and an Egghead Explorer Degree authorizing them to use real science to explore the globe!

TEACHER: Professor Egghead Staff
SEMESTER FEE: $310

Drawing Fundamentals 

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 3 - 5

People often tell me that they cannot draw. My answer is always the same: “Everybody can draw. You first need to learn how to see.” When you learn to play an instrument, you learn to identify the sound of the notes and you should practice often to become good. That is the same with drawing. We will begin by learning the science of drawing…perspective. Then we will learn to identify how light gives objects dimension and begin to work with tonal range. Once we have confidence in our ability to see with perspective and lighting, we will experiment with different drawing techniques, such as hatching and cross hatching, stippling, and blending. Other topics we will explore are composition, line quality, and texture. Each student will be need a sketchbook and will be expected to draw in it regularly outside of class. I will give easy homework assignments, reinforcing what we learned in class, that can be completed in their sketchbook.

Materials needed:

  • Sketchbook (minimum size 8”x10”
  • Tracing Paper, Pencils (B, 2B, 4B)
  • Erasers (kneaded and others)
  • Rulers
  • Colored Pencils and/or Markers are optional. 

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $275


Creative Movement And Music For Young People

Monday: 11:45am – 12:45am (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 K - 3

Put your whole self in! Join us as we dance and play with musical ideas, expressing emotion and creativity through our bodies! Students will respond to a wide range of musical genres and choreograph their interpretations through the integrated musical language of movement!

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce
SEMESTER FEE: $275


Jump Rope Skills

Monday: 12:00pm – 12:55am (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 - 5

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 a 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. 

TEACHER: Mike Fry
SEMESTER FEE: $275


Geography Tales

Monday: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (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 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 safe environment where even the shyest students can shine. We will follow story themes around the world and discover that we are more alike than we may have thought.   (This class is not a repeat of Around The World from Fall 2020 - WS 2021)

TEACHER: Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $275


Board And Card Game Design

Monday: 1:00pm – 1:55am (10 weeks)

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

Grades 3 - 5

The hobby game design course 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 and card 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 with all the components as a final project—the materials fee is for production of this prototype that they get to keep on the shelf! 

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

TEACHER: Aaron Vanek
SEMESTER FEE: $300

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

Social Skills: We All Have Superpowers

Tuesday: 11:00am –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 1- 5

The world has changed recently and this has affected all of us: children, parents and grandparents. Many times children are confused about what is happening in the world and are not sure how to express their thoughts and feelings. Sometimes children (and adults) are not even sure what they are feeling, or how to read their body signals to help them figure out how they are feeling. In this class, the students will be learning about feelings, their body signals that tell them information about how they feel and how to express their emotions in helpful ways. These skills and more will be practiced in a fun, thoughtful and creative manner through different activities, such as a variety of games, stories, art, music, role-playing and mindfulness.

Whether your child has taken my class before, or they are taking it for the first time, they will have fun making friends and learning about themselves. Your children will practice skills such as self-regulation, executive functioning, listening, respectful communication, giving and receiving help, and working cooperatively and fairly in groups. Students will also practice being mindful of our diverse cultures by building group cohesion, acceptance of differences, and the ability to understand different points of view.

This class will be both synchronous and asynchronous. There will be weekly activities that your child will do at their leisure during the week (asynchronous activities will be posted on a Padlet). When we meet via Zoom at our assigned class time (synchronous), we will practice, discuss, play games and share about our experiences.

Your child will discover their own superpower and celebrate other’s super-powers!

TEACHER: Sharon Bacharach
SEMESTER FEE: $275

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

asy it is to create a script, and will learn how they can do it themselves!

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

Beginning Writing: Think, Write and Create

Wednesday: 9:00am – 9:50am (10 weeks)

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

Grades K - 2

We will explore reading and writing with a creative and fun curriculum especially made for this class, including MadLibs and Word Searches. Parents will be emailed the worksheets to be printed at home. Each student will work at their own pace, whether they are a beginning reader or reading entire books. As we assess each student’s development, those who are ready will begin to explore how to build a paragraph on their own. The students will get a chance to create small books and mini-brochures as they incorporate more and more of their independent ideas. Each week there will be a fun, hands-on English-themed exercises and games. Each student receives individual attention while also having time to cooperate with their peers. The class will be divided into 2 or 3 groups to accommodate everyones skill level.  

 Continuing students will not be repeating what they did last year. 

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal and Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $260

Beginning Math: Logic and Teamwork and Math, Oh My!

Wednesday: 10:00am – 10:50am (10 weeks)

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

Grades K - 2

Teamwork and independent thinking will be reinforced as we explore different projects using math skills; including basic addition and subtraction, 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. Each student will work at their own pace, receive individual attention, and also have opportunities to cooperate with their peers. The curriculum includes many worksheets specifically made for this class, including mazes, tangrams, charting graphs and other puzzles. The class will be divided into 2 or 3 groups to accommodate everyone's skill level.  

Continuing students will not be repeating what they did last year. 

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal and Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $260

Elementary English  

Wednesday: 9:00am – 9:55am (10 weeks)

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

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 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. 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. 

Come have fun with us as we strengthen our sentences, grow our grammar, and perfect our punctuation. Students will explore different genres of level-appropriate literature and learn how to write paragraphs, short stories, poems, and much more! Reluctant readers and writers are welcome. New material for returning students. 

Please note: Students entering this class should be able to write complete sentences independently.

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $260


Earth And Space Science

Wednesday: 10:00am – 10:55am (10 weeks)

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

Grades 3 - 5

This 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, and natural resources. Earth’s spheres including the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and the atmosphere will be explored. Students will also learn about space exploration, the solar system, and the universe beyond Earth. This course will include lectures and labs.

Required materials:

  • A wide ruled notebook to write notes during class and for homework.
  • Pencils, eraser, colored pen

TEACHER: Dr. Charlotte Swanson
SEMESTER FEE: $280


STEAM Art: Designing Cities For A Better World

Wednesday: 11:00am – 11:55am (10 weeks)

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

Grades K - 3

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 and public art to get inspired as we become city planners. 

Due to Covid each student will need to bring the following 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. Crayons or oil pastels
  4. Pencil 
  5. Eraser  
  6. Sharpener
  7. Sketchbook 11”X14”
  8. Glue Stick
  9. Scissors
  10. Ziplock for storing materials with your child's name clearly marked. 

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky
SEMESTER FEE: $250


Professor Egghead: Lego Engineering Super Structures

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

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

Grades K - 5

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, awesome lighthouses, and tons more. Then, we’ll try to knock em down, crush them, and put them to the test! At the end of the session, students will receive an Egghead Engineering Super Structures Degree proving they’re ready to build anything they can dream up!

TEACHER: Professor Egghead Staff
SEMESTER FEE: $280

Elementary Math

Wednesday: 1:30pm – 2:25pm (10 weeks)

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

Grades 3 - 5

Prerequisite: the ability to do 3-digit addition and subtraction, and beginning to learn multiplication. We will reinforce multiplication and begin to learn division and fractions. Other skills to learn will be determined by what students know and need to work on. Possible subjects will be telling time, Roman numerals, counting money, graphing, 2-dimensional shapes, place values and rounding, and decimals. Class structure will depend on the students in the class. We will work as a group when possible, but students will also work individually if that works best.

If you would like to take this class but it conflicts with your desire to register for Speaker's League, please let us know at Karen@karengolden.com. We may move the class if there is enough interest. Thank you!

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $260

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. 

TEACHER: Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $260


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


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

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: 10:15am – 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, 17 

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


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: $300

Math Circle: A Partnership With 21st Century Math 

       Registration for this class is a two part process:

1. Email instructor Eric Kogan erickogan@21centurymath.com to request placement for the class.

2.  Email  Karen@karengolden.com to register for the class. 

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, 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 and projections, introduction to logic and 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.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan
SEMESTER FEE: $330


Private Recorder Or Saxophone Lessons

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? 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.