CLASS CATALOGUE WS 2021

(GRADES K–5)

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ASYNCHRONOUS CLASSES: Asynchronous learning happens on your schedule. During your course of study, asynchronous classes provide materials for viewing or pre-recorded demo videos on Padlet or in Google classroom. You will have the ability to access and satisfy these assignments on your schedule. The classes marked with a @ are asynchronous. The time of the class indicated on the schedule is when the students will share with their peers and teacher the assignments they have accomplished for the week. 

MONDAY CLASSES (15 WEEKS)

History Through Theatre:Theatre Lab Junior: Rebels With A Cause

Monday: 9:00am – 10:30am (15 weeks)

         Jan. 11, (no class 18) 25, Feb. 1, 8 (no class 15) 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no class Mar. 29, Apr. 5,) 12, 19, 26,

         May 3, 10, (no class 17), 24   

Grades 3 - 5

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 the history of the American Revolution! New students welcome!

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce
SEMESTER FEE: $415


Around The World - A Virtual Adventure

Monday: 9:30am – 10:30am (15 weeks)

          Jan. 11, (no class 18) 25, Feb. 1, 8 (no class 15) 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no class 29, Apr. 5,) 12, 19, 26,

         May 3, 10, (no class 17), 24    

Grades K - 2

Based on the book "Around The World in 80 Days,” we will travel to a different country each week and explore the stories, foods, customs, flags, flora and fauna, and arts of these countries. In addition, students will learn about transportation, oceans, landforms and more! Art projects and ideas will be emailed each week in Google Classroom and students can share their creations with the class. All materials will be readily available in your homes.

TEACHER: Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $345


Meet The Orchestra - Symphonic Classics For Kids

Monday: 10:45am – 11:35am (15 weeks)

          Jan. 11, (no class 18) 25, Feb. 1, 8 (no class 15) 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no class 29, Apr. 5,) 12, 19, 26,

          May 3, 10, (no class 17), 24 

Grades K - 5

Welcome to the world of symphonic classics where you get up-close with classic works by composers like Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Debussy, and Saint-Saens! Move, play, conduct, create, and compose with body percussion, games, and interactive activities to make the symphony an expressive part of every young person’s life! This is a continuation of the fall semester and new students are welcome. 

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce
SEMESTER FEE: $345


Professor Egghead - Secret Agents

Monday: 12:00pm – 12: 45pm (15 weeks)

          Jan. 11, (no class 18) 25, Feb. 1, 8 (no class 15) 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no class 29, Apr. 5,) 12, 19, 26,

          May 3, 10, (no class 17), 24 

Grades K - 3

Join the Egghead Team from the comfort of your home as we blast off with our Virtual Laboratory! You'll receive all your materials for the session mailed directly to your door once you sign up. This session you have a mission: Become the world’s greatest secret agent! Once the challenge is accepted, Egghead Agents will write with invisible inks by making chemical reactions, make spy tools like periscopes and spy glasses to take home as they learn about mirrors, and crack secret codes with the science of cryptography on their way to becoming super spies.  At the end of the session, students will receive an Egghead Secret Agent Degree.  

If students older that grade three register for this class they will be accommodated with age appropriate instruction. 

TEACHER: Professor Egghead Staff
SEMESTER FEE: $405

* This class can be brought to your small pod, live and in-person with social distancing, outside, but may not be eligible for charter school funding. Please email Karen@karengolden.com for more information. 

Social Skills: We All Have Superpowers

Monday: 1:15pm –2:00pm (15 weeks)

          Jan. 11, (no class 18) 25, Feb. 1, 8 (no class 15) 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no class 29, Apr. 5,) 12, 19, 26,

           May 3, 10, (no class 17), 24 

Grades K - 3

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: $345


Photoshop 2

Monday: 1:30pm –2:30pm (15 weeks)

          Jan. 11, (no class 18) 25, Feb. 1, 8 (no class 15) 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no class 29, Apr. 5,) 12, 19, 26,

          May 3, 10, (no class 17), 24 

Grades 5 and up

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.

*Please note, all students in Blue Ridge Academy Charter School in grades 7 - 12 will receive a free subscription to the Adobe Cloud this year and this includes Photoshop. 

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $345


Math Circle: Grades 5 - 6

Monday: 4:00pm –5:00pm (15 weeks)

          Jan. 11, (no class 18) 25, Feb. 1, 8 (no class 15) 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, (no class 29, Apr. 5,) 12, 19, 26,

          May 3, 10, (no class 17), 24 

Grades 5 - 6

In the academic year 2019-20, CLP is happy to offer a class based on the LAMC (Los Angeles Math Circle @ UCLA) Beginner Circle curriculum. The classes will be suitable for math-advanced 5th and 6th grade students.

The topics covered will include: 3D Nets, Intro to Egyptian Multiplication, Introduction to Basic Game Theory, Taxicab Geometry.

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.  

Students who are in grades other than the grades of this class can take a Math Circle class at a different time. Please email karen@karengolden.com and I will put you in touch with Eric to see if there is an available course for your child. 

TEACHER: Eric Kogan
SEMESTER FEE: $415

TUESDAY CLASSES (17 WEEKS)

Nature Storytelling - True Tales From The Natural World 

This class will be virtual until LA County schools are off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. I am not sure if we will be meeting in person this semester. If you register for this course and are unable to meet in-person (should this become available), we will Zoom the course to you, from our in-person class. 

Tuesday: 11:00am – 12:00pm (17 weeks)

          Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23 (no class 30, Apr. 6) Apr. 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11,

          (no class 18) 25

      

Grades K - 3

Sing and dance the germination song, experience metamorphosis though the journey of Charlie the caterpillar, trace the flight path of the tagged monarch butterfly who flew from Mexico to Minnesota and explore the rain cycle. Each week, students will learn about the natural world through the most memorable oral vehicle, storytelling! Karen was a walk leader for eight years with the Children’s Nature Institute and led hundreds of children through the Santa Monica Mountains. In addition, each student will be encouraged to make a nature box and collect rocks, shells, sticks, seeds and more!

This class will be taught in-person at a variety of public parks, (weather and safety permitting) that are within a three mile radius of the Westside Jewish Community Center. Social distancing and masks will be required. No exceptions! We will email  you the meeting place on the Sunday prior to the class meeting. When meeting in-person is not possible, we will meet virtually on Zoom and the Zoom link will be emailed to you. This class requires you to check your email the Sunday prior to the class for instructions. The class will have a ten student limit and will operate under the guidelines of local and state authorities. All charter school students should put in the purchase order that this class will follow Covid guidelines. At the time of this posting this class will be virtual until LA County schools are off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. 

TEACHER: Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $390


Everyone Can Draw 

This class will be virtual until LA County schools are off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. 

Tuesday: 11:00am – 12:00pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23 (no class 30, Apr. 6) Apr. 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, (no class 18) 25       

Grades 4 - 8

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. In this class we will meet in a park and I will give easy drawing prompts that can be completed in a sketchbook, and I will teach techniques for making drawing fun and successful. I will also give easy homework assignments, reinforcing what we learned in class. Students will need a sketchbook, eraser, pencils, markers, etc. and will be expected to draw in it regularly outside of class. 

This class will be taught in-person at a variety of public parks, (weather and safety permitting) that are within a three mile radius of the Westside Jewish Community Center. Social distancing and masks will be required. No exceptions! We will email  you the meeting place on the Sunday prior to the class meeting. When meeting in-person is not possible, we will meet virtually on Zoom and the Zoom link will be emailed to you. This class requires you to check your email the Sunday prior to the class for instructions. The class will have a ten student limit and will operate under the guidelines of local and state authorities. All charter school students should put in the purchase order that this class will follow Covid guidelines. At the time of this posting this class will be virtual until LA County schools are off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. 

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal 
SEMESTER FEE: $390

WEDNESDAY CLASSES (18 WEEKS)

Beginning Writing: Think, Write and Create

Wednesday: 9:00am – 9:45am (18 weeks)

 Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, (no class Mar. 31, Apr. 7) 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26    

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.  

Because we will be teaching on Zoom, the minimum level is that students should know how to write and identify their letters and have begun learning to read. Continuing students will not be repeating what they did last year. 

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal and Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $415


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

Wednesday: 10:00am – 10:45am (18 weeks)

Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, (no class Mar. 31, Apr. 7) 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26  

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. Parents will be emailed the worksheets to be printed at home. The class will be divided into 2 or 3 groups to accommodate everyone's skill level.  

Because we will be teaching on Zoom, the minimum level is that students should know how to identify numbers. Continuing students will not be repeating what they did last year. 

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal and Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $415


Elementary English 

Wednesday: 9:00am – 10:00am (18 weeks)

 Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, (no class Mar. 31, Apr. 7) 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26  

“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 on Google Classroom. Some reading and writing experience required. Students entering this class should be able to write complete sentences. Reluctant readers and writers are welcome. New material for returning students. 

Please note: Students WILL NOT be on Zoom for the entire class. The first 15 minutes of class will be dedicated to individual writing assignments. Additionally, Zoom classes will be interactive and include engaging elements such as breakout rooms, PowerPoint presentations, games, individual virtual whiteboards, and much more!

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal
SEMESTER FEE: $415


Biology

Wednesday: 10:15am – 11:15am (18 weeks)

  Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, (no class Mar. 31, Apr. 7) 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26  

Grades 3 - 5

Biology is the study of life. This biology course, designed for students in 3rd to 5th grade, includes an introduction to the concepts of biology. Students will gain knowledge about the building blocks of life, cell biology and the cellular processes, as well as molecular genetics and heredity. In addition, the scientific method, ecology, and evolution will be discussed. This course will prepare students for future science courses.

This class will consist of lectures on zoom and some labs. It will also include a project to be presented at our science fair on the last day of the semester.

New students are welcome. 

TEACHER: Dr. Charlotte Swanson
SEMESTER FEE: $415


Physical Empowerment

Wednesday: 11:30am – 12:15pm (18 weeks)

 Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, (no class Mar. 31, Apr. l 7) 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26  

Grades K - 5

In this class students will build a solid foundation in physical education including strength conditioning, mobility training and self defense skills through martial arts and other methods. 

TEACHER: Coach Efrain Sevilla
SEMESTER FEE: $415


Speaker’s League 

Wednesday: 1:30pm – 2:45pm (18 weeks)

Wednesday  Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, (no class Mar. 31, Apr. 7) 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26  

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: $415


THURSDAY CLASSES (18 WEEKS)

More Herbal Magic

Thursday: 9:30am – 10:30 am (18 weeks)       

Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, (No class Apr. 1, 8) April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27         

Grades 2 - 5

Students will explore the magic of plants and how to use their medicinal properties in a myriad of ways. As we explore botany and the climates & environments of these fascinating plants your students will understand and be able to confidently explain herbal actions used in plant medicine. In our class we will examine various well known and a few unique plants, their climate/location, how to harvest and/or acquire them, how to cure them and finally how to use  and prepare them as medicine. This class will be a great opportunity to listen and learn about the process of using plants for healing purposes. Students will receive directions and a materials list upon the completion of each class if they desire to replicate what was shared in class that day. At the end of the semester each student will receive a Herbal Handbook, a compilation of plants and projects to use at home. Students who formerly took this class will enjoy a whole new experience of Herbal Magic!  

TEACHER: Bridey Phillips
SEMESTER FEE: $415

 

FRIDAY CLASSES (17 WEEKS)


Chess 2  - The Chess Tree

Friday: 9:00am – 10:00am (17 weeks)

         Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 (no class 26) Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 (no class April 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14,

        21, 28

Grades 1 and up

In this class each student will “plant” a Chess Tree, which is not a bush that sprouts Chess pieces! It is a personalized work of art designed to help in the memorization, and therefore domination of…The Opening Game! Chess Openings are memorized continuations of moves from the very beginning of the game, which were popularized and thusly named after a specific region or famous historical player. The Sicilian Dragon, The King’s Indian Attack, The Italian Game, and The French Defense are just a few examples of hundreds of different such Openings. And yes, The Queen’s Gambit is more than just a hugely popular Netflix show…it’s also the name of a Chess Opening in which White “gambles”, or sacrifices, a pawn on move 2…intentionally! The Grand Masters literally memorize their Opening moves, also known as Book Moves, well into the first third of the game, which means it’s time to put everyone’s memory to the test! Every student will decide which Openings suit their playing style best…and sound the coolest! Then they will design their personalized Chess Tree based on those decisions. Together, with some concentration, and a little sunshine, we will all “grow” into Chess Masters!     

*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 and/or Chess 2.0.

TEACHER: Brian Julian
SEMESTER FEE: $390

 

Chess 1: Welcome To The Game Of Kings And Queens

Friday: 10:30am – 11:30am (17 weeks)

          Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 (no class 26) Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 (no class Apr. 2, 9)  16, 23, 30 May 7, 14,  21, 28 

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: $390


Recorder 2

         Friday: 10:00am – 11:00am (17 weeks)

         Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 (no class 26) Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 (no class April 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 

        21, 28

        Grades 1 - 3

Learn to play the recorder through interactive storytelling and play. No prior experience necessary. This is a continuing class for students who have taken recorder 1. Join with friends and make music together. Includes note reading and music theory.   Depending on the level of the student, each student will be assigned a private lesson time during this time period or on a different day.  Last semester I figured out the best practices for teaching music on Zoom. Students cannot play together, but they can play with a music track that I provide and they can interact with each other and have fun. For beginning students, please order a plastic recorder.

TEACHER: Karen Golden
SEMESTER FEE: $390

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

Friday: 11:30am – 12:30pm (17 weeks)

          Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 (no class 26) Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 (no class Apr. 2, 9)  16, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 

Grades K - 3

Join us in we explore science, technology, engineering and math through art! This class will cover the following units: Geometry in Art, Patterns in Nature, and Geology as Art.

Geometry in Art: Weeks 1-6 (Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19)                                                                                                                       Design beautiful patterns using a compass and ruler. Explore mandalas and arabesque tile designs and create your own using geometry as a guide.  

Patterns in Nature: Weeks 7-10 (Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26)                                                                                                                      Together we will look at patterns in nature and create colorful mosaics using paper and found materials. 

Geology as Art: Weeks 11- 17 (Apr. 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28)                                                                                                    Using color plasticine, we will explore geological formations and make 3D art inspired by volcanos, caves, asteroids and more. 

Materials: Paper, pencils, colored pencils, markers, glue, cardboard, triangle ruler, compass, one pack of clay tunes plasticine

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky
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EMESTER FEE: $400


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

Friday: 1:30pm – 2:30pm (17 weeks)

         Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 (no class 26) Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 (no class Apr. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14,  21, 28

Grades 4 - 9

Join us in we explore science, technology, engineering and math through art! This class will cover the following units: Sacred Geometry, Patterns in Nature, and Automata.

Sacred Geometry: Weeks 1-6 (Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19)                                                                                                                      Explore geometric designs from different cultures (African ceremonial, Tibetian, Stonehenge, Native American medicine wheels and more) and discover the cultural meaning found in withing and be inspired to create your own. Learn to use a variety of drafting tools. (Materials: Paper, colored pencils and markers, triangle ruler, compass)

Patterns in Nature: Weeks 7-10 (Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26)                                                                                                                     Using the medium of photography (smart phone camera) and video, we will discover patterns in nature (plants, rocks, sky etc.) such as the Fibonacci sequence, bi-lateral and radial symmetry, and laws of physics. Create colorful paper mosaic based on these patterns. (Materials: access to a digital camera, paper, glue, colored paper, pencils, markers, cardboard)

Automata: Weeks 11- 17 (Apr. 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28)                                                                                                   Discover the art of crank driven sculptures. We will use cardboard to construct sculptures that will spin, twirl and jump. Requires safe use of hot glue. (Materials: cardboard, hot glue, craft knife, scissors, tape, wooden dowels or craft sticks) 

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky

SEMESTER FEE:  $400

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.