CLASS CATALOGUE Winter/Spring 2024

(GRADES 6-12)

Click Registration Form to open the registration form in a new window, so that you can view the Class Catalogue next to the registration form in your browser. Please request permission by emailing karen@karengolden.com, if your student would like to register for a class that is not listed for their age. 

* If you are a student at a homeschool charter school, you may be able to take our high school classes for credit if you talk to your contact person from the school.  All the schools have different procedures and policies. Please let us know if you need assistance with syllabi and curriculum. 

MONDAY CLASSES (15 WEEKS) In-person at Adat Shalom 


World HistoryThe Early Modern World 1400 - 1800

 

Monday: 9:00 – 10:25 am (15 weeks)

         Jan. 8, (no 15), 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, (no 19), 26, Mar. 4, 11, 18, (no 25), Apr. 1, 8, 15, (no 22, 29), May 6, 13, 20   

          Grades 6 and up

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 fourth semester of a 6-semester curriculum, but students can join at any time. 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 is based on the fourth unit of the Glencoe World History book.    

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

New and continuing students welcome!

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $480


Geography - Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday: 10:30 – 11:25 am (15 weeks)      

          Jan. 8, (no 15), 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, (no 19), 26, Mar. 4, 11, 18, (no 25), Apr. 1, 8, 15, (no 22, 29), May 6, 13, 20   

Grades 6 and up

Pack your bags, and join us on an exploration of Latin America and the Caribbean! This will be part two of a yearlong class, but students can join at anytime. This course will cover both the physical and human geography of Latin America and the Caribbean. Students will strengthen their map skills and become familiar with flags, currencies, languages, and climates of this region of the world. They will also learn about the rich history, culture, and landmarks of individual countries. I have traveled to many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, so students will gain a firsthand perspective and be able to see pictures and objects from the countries we visit. At the end of the semester, students will complete an individual country research project. Each class will include creative activities and discussions, as well as exercises on researching and writing. Students will be expected to complete assignments on Google Classroom. Access to a Gmail account is required for this class. 

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

New and continuing students welcome!

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $430


Chemistry Is Everything

Monday: 11:45am  – 12:55 pm (15 weeks)      

          Jan. 8, (no 15), 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, (no 19), 26, Mar. 4, 11, 18, (no 25), Apr. 1, 8, 15, (no 22, 29), May 6, 13, 20   

Grades 6 and up

Chemistry is everything, because everything is chemicals! In this year-long class, students will get an introduction to the foundational topics taught in any standard high school chemistry course. We’ll explore the interactions between atoms & molecules, chemical reactions, states of matter, electricity and more, through a series of hands-on laboratory style experiments. Through testing predictions, practicing critical thinking, and utilizing the scientific method, we’ll explore the world of Chemistry, and above all… have fun!   

Students can participate in this class in one of two ways:  

Participation Option: Students will attend lectures and complete in-class projects. Quizzes, homework and at home projects are optional. NO formal grade is given.

Graded Option: Students will attend lectures and complete in-class projects. Students will also read from the textbook, do homework assignments, and take quizzes and exams. An at home project is required each semester. Formal grades will be given.  A link will be provided for an online textbook or there will be a low cost option for purchase.

All students will need to enroll in and regularly check Google Classroom, which will require access to a Gmail account.

**This is a year-long course, but students are only required to take both semesters if they are receiving high school credit for the class from their charter school.  Fall and Winter/Spring semesters will cover different topics and feature different chemistry experiments. 

TEACHER: Keera Lindenberg
SEMESTER FEE: $450


Jump Rope Skills

Monday: 1:00 – 1:55 pm (15 weeks)  

          Jan. 8, (no 15), 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, (no 19), 26, Mar. 4, 11, 18, (no 25), Apr. 1, 8, 15, (no 22, 29), May 6, 13, 20   

Grades 6 and up

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. 

Mike will be selling jump ropes for $15 and you can purchase them directly from him.

 Students will be responsible for bringing their ropes to class. If your child would like to leave a rope at CLP, this is fine. It will be labeled with their name. 

Returning and new students welcome!

TEACHERMike Fry
SEMESTER FEE: $405


Drawing Fundamentals 

Monday: 12:00 – 12:55 pm (15 weeks)

          Jan. 8, (no 15), 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, (no 19), 26, Mar. 4, 11, 18, (no 25), Apr. 1, 8, 15, (no 22, 29), May 6, 13, 20   

Grades 6 and up

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 study the science of drawing (perspective and lighting), mixed in with doodling techniques, and other topics the students express interest in. Each student will need a sketchbook (minimum size 8”x10”) and will be expected to draw in it regularly outside of class. We will provide all other materials, but students are welcome to bring their own supplies. 

This class is not a repeat of Fall 2023 but rather, a continuation. New students are welcome!

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $430

WEDNESDAY CLASSES (18 WEEKS) In-person at Adat Shalom 


Physiology and Anatomy - Let's Follow In DaVinci's Footsteps 

Wednesday: 9:00 – 9:55 am (18 weeks)

          Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 6, 13, 20, (no 27), Apr. 3, 10, 16, (no 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22     

Grades 6 and up

Find out how the body works through this inventive science class! We will follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps by drawing our main organs, tissues and body systems while learning how they work. By creating real life drawings, Dr. Charlotte will guide you from your skin to your skeleton, from head to toe. In the end, the students will have a beautiful and anatomically correct book of personal drawings of the amazing body! This class will also include labs and projects. This class is run in two tracks. After the first 5 weeks, you can not change tracks.  

Track 1: Students will participate in lectures and in class labs. Quizzes, homework and class project are optional. No formal grade is given. A folder for unfinished and finished drawings is needed.

Track 2: Students will participate in lectures and in class labs. Students in Track 2 will do assignments and quizzes and an end of the semester exam. The class project is mandatory and formal grades will be given. A folder for unfinished and finished drawings is needed.  

Returning and new students welcome!

TEACHER: Charlotte Swanson
SEMESTER FEE: $500


Middle School English  (In-Person)

Wednesday: 10:00 am – 11:25 am (18 weeks)  

           Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 6, 13, 20, (no 27), Apr. 3, 10, 16, (no 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22     

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. No textbook required. New material for returning students.

Required materials:

  • Pencils and erasers
  • Lined paper
  • Folder

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $580

Native American History And Culture

Wednesday: 11:45 am – 12:40 pm (18 weeks)

          Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 6, 13, 20, (no 27), Apr. 3, 10, 16, (no 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22    

Grades 6 and up

Students will learn to think critically about narratives surrounding current native communities and their histories. They will explore the cultural customs and beliefs of different tribes throughout North America, learning about crafts, oral traditions, and other parts of life pre Western contact. Students will also learn about the history of indigenous people during European colonization, from the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the trail of tears to government-run boarding schools. Lastly, they will delve into current tribal communities and their political and social movements, fighting for environmental protection, tribal status, treaty rights, and more.

TEACHER: Soli Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $510


Podcademy 4 Kids - Intermediate Podcasting & Youtube Readiness 

This class is full.  Please join our waitlist 

Wednesday: 1:10 – 2:05 pm (18 weeks)

          Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 6, 13, 20, (no 27), Apr. 3, 10, 16, (no 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22 

Grades 4 and up

This course is designed for students that have taken our beginners course and would like to grow their knowledge in order to create their own podcast or Youtube Channel. The intermediate course focuses on Audio and Video equipment knowledge, Content Creativity, and Publishing Quality. In this course we will spend a lot of time behind, and in front of the camera for longer formats and advanced equipment. Our time is split between creating content and producing "Youtube Ready" skills that can be implemented at home once the course is completed. 

Our programs are built to give each student the skills and knowledge necessary to build a successful podcast. From recording, to script writing, to an on-camera personality, we teach everything so that you leave our course 100% self sufficient. Our goal is to build confidence by giving you all the tools and secrets that it takes most people years to learn. With almost a decade of podcasting and broadcasting experience, we are excited to teach and set others on the pathway to Digital Media success! 

This class has a maximum of eight students. Register early to hold your spot. 

New students are welcome

TEACHER: Keith Good News McElhannon
SEMESTER FEE: $535


Singing For Unity

Wednesday: 2:10 – 3:00 pm (18 weeks)

          Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 6, 13, 20, (no 27), Apr. 3, 10, 16, (no 24), May 1, 8, 15 , 22     

All Ages

Do you love to sing? If the answer is "yes," than this class is for you.  Over the course of 18 weeks, students will learn a variety of vocal warm ups and exercises to strengthen, control, open up, and become acquainted with the voice. Students will be introduced to the basics of sight-reading musical scores, different types of notes, and how they are used in music. Students will also learn techniques on how to breathe while performing a song and how to sharpen the skills of controlling volume and vocal strength to enhance the power of a song. The theme this semester is unity and each song will be meaningful and carry a powerful message. The students will join together and discover how to sing as a unit, combining all of their unique voices to create something unified and beautiful. Beginning and experienced singers are welcome.

TEACHERLeila Balter
SEMESTER FEE: $495

FE JCC 5k with TEAM CLP.  Team training is for EVER

FRIDAY CLASSES (17 WEEKS) Online. Your teacher will send you the Zoom links.

Storytelling - Let's Tell Stories

Friday: 8:00 – 9:00 am (17 weeks)       

         Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no 29), Apr. 5, 12, 19, (no 26), May 3, 10, 17

Grades 3 - 6

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. We will also explore Zoom technology to create a unique virtual storytelling experience. 

New and returning students welcome! 

TEACHER: Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $425

Chess 2: Whose Turn Is It Anyway

Friday: 9:15 – 10:15 am (17 weeks)

          Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no 29), Apr. 5, 12, 19, (no 26), May 3, 10, 17

Grades 1 and up 

Time to break some rules! Throughout the years many different hybrid versions and varieties of Chess have been developed in the hopes of making an already infinitely challenging game even more complex. Each class will focus on a different Chess varietal. The schedule is as follows: 

  • Class 1: Blitz Chess (Speed Chess)
  • Class 2: Chess 960 (Invented by the legendary Bobby Fischer) 
  • Class 3: Spell Chess(yep, magic spells!)
  • Class 4: Chess 4 (4 Player Chess)
  • Class 5: Bughouse (Team Chess)
  • Class 6: Giveaway
  • Class 7: Duck Chess
  • Class 8: Horde
  • Class 9: Crazyhouse
  • Class 10: 3+
  • Class 11: King of the Hill
  • Class 12: Atomic
  • Class 13: Bullet Chess
  • Class 14: Holochess
  • Class 15: Solitaire Chess
  • Class 16: Really Bad Chess
  • Class 17: Invent a new Chess variant!

*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: $440


Chess 4 Everyone

Friday: 10:30 am – 11:30 am (17 weeks)       

          Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no 29), Apr. 5, 12, 19, (no 26), May 3, 10, 17

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 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, and group activities. And there will be something challenging for all involved. 

This is truly Chess 4 Everyone!

TEACHER: Brian Julian
SEMESTER FEE: $440


Middle School English (Online)

Friday: 11:45 am – 12:45 pm (17 weeks)       

          Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no 29), Apr. 5, 12, 19, (no 26), May 3, 10, 17

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, Blooket, 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. No textbook required. New material for returning students.

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $425

Intro to Photoshop 

Friday: 10:30 – 11:30am (17 weeks)

          Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no 29), Apr. 5, 12, 19, (no 26), May 3, 10, 17

Grades 5 and up

We will learn the basics of Photoshop, including 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, including seamlessly deleting people from a photo and creating your own Mini Cooper car advertisement.

Adobe offers an “All Apps” plan to students for just $19.99/mo. for the first year. 

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

 SEMESTER FEE: $425

 

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, dates and fees.

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 2, Grade 5-6
Beginners 2 is based on the book, Math Adventures with ORMC, Level 2 "UCLA Math Circle" , 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.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan
SEMESTER FEE: Will be based on the day of the week your child is placed. 


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. Both in-person and online.

TEACHER: Karen Golden
Class Fees: Private lessons will be sold in lesson packages: $160 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.