This year we have included this section dedicated to classes designed for elementary aged students.  We hope this makes your decision process easier.

Elementary Classes

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We Spark Learning

by:  Ani Janbazian

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CLASS TOWN SHIPWRECK ISLAND 

JOURNAL WRITING

Taught by Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

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Wednesdays 

8:30am – 9:30am

TARGET: Grades 1-5.
COURSE DURATION1 year (two, 15 week semesters – classes begin Sept 12, 2018)
COST PER SEMESTER  (ALL materials provided):
$250 for homeschool families paying out-of-pocket
$275 for
 iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy Charter students. Please contact WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com in advance for the option to use HOMESCHOOL COACHES for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Compass Charter students
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Shipwrecked on a remote island, 1st-5th graders explore their exotic surroundings, scavenge for supplies, tame the wilderness, form a rescue plan, and band together for survival through perilous adventures — all the while journaling their epic story.

Your weekly explorations will serve as the journal prompt or inspiration for your creative writing assignments.
“The eerie howling sound seemed to be coming from…”
“After tirelessly digging in the sand, it was a miracle that I found a…”
“Seeing that spectacular splash, I started to believe the mythical stories about…”

Each student will be assigned special skills to contribute to the group’s success, and keep an inventory of valuable items they have salvaged or scrounged for in the search for more island resources.

Some drawing, crafts, prize games, and other creative expressions will also be incorporated throughout the year to fit our Island theme. Mini lessons on writing techniques, literary devices, and poetry will be explored, while maintaining the goal of this class: to motivate students to put pen to paper with enthusiasm!  Journal writing is done during class time, and writing expectations can be varied to adapt to different learning levels and abilities.

Tuition includes all materials necessary for class, including a folder/binder, writing implements, school supplies, craft projects, art materials, incentive prizes and goodies for classroom rewards or celebrations.

How will you survive this harrowing story? Will your party ever be rescued? Join the adventure!

TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2017, simply download and complete the registration form that will be available on WeSparkLearning.com.  Send it in with payment to reserve your spot. In addition to sending us your registration form, Charter School students must arrange for payment by P.O./Enrichment Certificate request, to be issued before classes begin.

Questions? Call (626)482-8963         or email WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com

SECRET SOLVERS SOCIETY

In Sherlock’s Study

Taught by Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

9:45 – 10:45

OR

3:30 – 4:30

TARGET: Grades 2-6
COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15 week semesters – classes begin Sept 12, 2018)
COST PER SEMESTER (ALL materials provided):
$250 for homeschool families paying out-of-pocket
$275 for
 iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy Charter students. Please contact WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com in advance for the option to use HOMESCHOOL COACHES for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Compass Charter students
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Journey through the life and times of the American Revolution through the on-screen adventures of LIBERTY’S KIDS, James and Sarah –two of Benjamin Franklin’s young reporters.  Featuring the award-winning educational cartoon series, we use episode-inspired explorations and creations to immerse students in learning about our nation’s journey to freedom.

Inspired by the 22-minute episodes, classes will include:
video comprehension guides
weekly hands-on creative activities
timeline of events
introduction to important people, ideas, icons, and inventions

Who are Liberty’s Kids?
James, a street-smart 14 year-old, takes the perspective of a Colonist. Sarah, a spirited 15 year-old offers the British point of view. As rookie reporters for Benjamin Franklin’s Print Shop, they compete for front page stories about events taking place in America prior to and during The Revolution. Their investigations land them, and their ambitious young friend, Henri, in many dangerous and thrilling situations.

Please note, this class is 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, to accommodate the viewing of a 22 minute episode of Liberty’s Kids, each week.  Tuition includes all materials necessary for class, including a folder/binder, writing implements, school supplies, craft projects, art materials, incentive prizes and goodies for classroom rewards or celebrations.

TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2017, simply download and complete the registration form that will be available on WeSparkLearning.com. Send it in with payment to reserve your spot. In addition to sending us your registration form, Charter School students must arrange for payment by P.O./Enrichment Certificate request, to be issued before classes begin.
Questions? Call (626)482-8963     or email WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com

KID’S VID’S N’

REVOLUTION 

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

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Wednesdays 1

11:00am – 12:15pm (1 hr. 15 min)

TARGET: Grades 2-6
COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15 week semesters – classes begin Sept 12, 2018)
COST PER SEMESTER (ALL materials provided):
$250 for homeschool families paying out-of-pocket
$275 for
 iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy Charter students. Please contact WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com in advance for the option to use HOMESCHOOL COACHES for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Compass Charter students
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Journey through the life and times of the American Revolution through the on-screen adventures of LIBERTY’S KIDS, James and Sarah –two of Benjamin Franklin’s young reporters.  Featuring the award-winning educational cartoon series, we use episode-inspired explorations and creations to immerse students in learning about our nation’s journey to freedom.

Inspired by the 22-minute episodes, classes will include:
video comprehension guides
weekly hands-on creative activities
timeline of events
introduction to important people, ideas, icons, and inventions

Who are Liberty’s Kids?
James, a street-smart 14 year-old, takes the perspective of a Colonist. Sarah, a spirited 15 year-old offers the British point of view. As rookie reporters for Benjamin Franklin’s Print Shop, they compete for front page stories about events taking place in America prior to and during The Revolution. Their investigations land them, and their ambitious young friend, Henri, in many dangerous and thrilling situations.

Please note, this class is 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, to accommodate the viewing of a 22 minute episode of Liberty’s Kids, each week.  Tuition includes all materials necessary for class, including a folder/binder, writing implements, school supplies, craft projects, art materials, incentive prizes and goodies for classroom rewards or celebrations.

TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2017, simply download and complete the registration form that will be available on WeSparkLearning.com. Send it in with payment to reserve your spot. In addition to sending us your registration form, Charter School students must arrange for payment by P.O./Enrichment Certificate request, to be issued before classes begin.
Questions? Call (626)482-8963        or email WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com

WHERE IN THE WORLD

IS NINA PASADENA?

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

12:45 – 1:45 PM

OR 4:45 – 5:45 PM

TARGET: Grades 2-6
COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15 week semesters – classes begin Sept 12, 2018)
COST PER SEMESTER (ALL materials provided):
$225 for homeschool families paying out-of-pocket
$250 for
 iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy Charter students. Please contact WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com in advance for the option to use HOMESCHOOL COACHES for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Compass Charter students
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Join the Acme Detective Agency on the hunt for super spy criminal mastermind, Nina Pasadena.  She and her henchmen are stealing treasures, and monuments from around the world.  You and the other Acme Agents will follow the clues leading you through countries of the world, exploring exotic cultures and locations — all to deduce and track down the identity of the criminals and return the stolen goods.

As Nina and her gang escape to different parts of the globe, you will give chase by solving clues using travel guides, atlases, encyclopedias, books on nature, cultures, art, architecture, landmarks, and more. Each case will take you to three continents, three countries, and three cities on your hunt for suspects.

You will be given one Agent Special Assignment during the year (aka- a short research paper, and drawing task to work on at home) about a specific country that is a henchman hide-out. You will present your Special Assignment in front of the Acme team (oral presentation).  You will also take turns to role play as witness and lead detective, as you learn about geography from around the world.

Will we catch Nina Pasadena in the end?  Join us to find out!  This crime-solving class is sure to be full of mystery and intrigue!

Tuition includes all materials necessary for class, including a folder/binder, writing implements, books, school supplies, incentive prizes and goodies for classroom rewards or celebrations.

PLEASE NOTE: If you took the USA version of this class last year, this class uses the same theme, but features new criminals, and is structured differently so that the cases unfold in a fresh new way for our world-wide adventures!

TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2017, simply download and complete the registration form that will be available on WeSparkLearning.com. Send it in with payment to reserve your spot. In addition to sending us your registration form, Charter School students must arrange for payment by P.O./Enrichment Certificate request, to be issued before classes begin.
Questions? Call  (626)482-8963        or email  WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com

BUILD-A-BIZ:

Pizza Edition

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

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Wednesdays

2:00 – 3:00 PM

TARGET: Grades 3-7
COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15 week semesters beginning Sept 12, 2018)
COST PER SEMESTER (ALL materials provided):
$250 for homeschool families paying out-of-pocket
$275 for
 iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy Charter students. Please contact WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com in advance for the option to use HOMESCHOOL COACHES for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Compass Charter students
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As a classroom entrepreneur you will plan and create your own pizzeria and take care of it’s daily operations, learning dozens of practical concepts related to your new venture along the way.

What will the week’s assignment be: Designing and naming your restaurant? Planning the Grand Opening? Calculating profit? Scripting a commercial? Making a brochure? Conducting an employee job interview?

In the exciting world of business, there is so much you can learn:
Writing a Simple Business Plan
Basic Economics
Money Matters
Math
Problem Solving
Marketing
Customer Service
Management
Nutrition
and Design.

You will dream up weekly pizza specials to test the market as you look for successful dishes to grow your permanent menu. Will your new recipe be a hit? Find out the following week, through a Consumer Report showing customer sales and reviews.  We will track the collective profits of all class Pizzerias to earn real prizes throughout the year.

In Semester #2, you will have one special project to complete at home,  followed by a chance to present it in front of your fellow “business owners”.  We will finish our year with a real-life Pizza Party to celebrate how well you Build-a-Biz!

Tuition includes all materials necessary for class, including a folder/binder, writing implements, school supplies, design materials, incentive prizes and goodies for classroom rewards or celebrations.

TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2017, simply download and complete the registration form that will be available on WeSparkLearning.com. Send it in with payment to reserve your spot. In addition to sending us your registration form, Charter School students must arrange for payment by P.O./Enrichment Certificate request, to be issued before classes begin.
Questions? Call  (626)482-8963         or email  WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com

Click below to watch a Build-A-Biz student commercial:

TRAVEL THE WORLD with ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES

by Brenda Vanderloo

ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES Literature Classes 

Exploring the world through great authors!

This year we are going to be combining GREAT STORIES with GEOGRAPHY!! 

We will be leaning about the different countries where the stories we read take place. So your child will be studying literature and geography in one class!!

ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES are Literature Classes dedicated to reading and discussing literature. We read 2 books a month spending two weeks on each book. The kids read half of the book for the first class and then they complete the book for the second week. Each class we will have an informal yet informative discussion about the book and play fun literary games like Literature Jeopardy.  The main objectives are to create a desire for your child/teen to enjoy great literature, learn how to deepen their understanding of what they are reading, and get comfortable discussing their ideas and opinions in a group setting. They will be learning how to analyze literature in a supportive and fun environment. We will be discussing characters, protagonist/antagonist, plots, setting, themes, genre, point of view narration, conflicts, literary devices like simile, personification, alliteration, metaphor, etc., and vocabulary.
ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES is predominantly a literature discussion class, but your child/teen will also be doing worksheets on literary devices, character development, vocabulary and literature analysis.
CONTACT: Brenda Van Der Loo at vanderloofamily@yahoo.com or text/call 626-482-9793
COURSE DURATION:  1 Year (Two 14 Week Semesters)
BOOKS:  A List of Books for each class is Available Upon Request. Books can be purchased through Carolyn Forte at EIE.
COST:  See Below – 3 Payment Options Available

ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES 7-10

Wednesdays

2:00-3:00

Recommended for 7-10 year olds. The books will be approximately 100-150 pages long and appropriate for 2nd-4th graders.  We will be reading a series called Classic Starts.  With Classic Starts, young readers can experience the wonder of the classics from an early age.  Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, each classic novel is filled with all the magic and excitement that made the original story a beloved favorite.

ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES 10-12

Wednesdays  

12:45 – 1:45

Recommended for 10-12 year olds. The books will be approximately 150-300 pages long and appropriate for 5th-7th graders.

ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES 12-15+

Wednesdays 

4:15 – 5:15

Recommended for 12-15+ year olds (Middle School/ High School). The books will be appropriate for middle school and high school students. This class will be fun and a great way to meet other teens!

WHY HAVE YOUR CHILD PARTICIPATE IN A DISCUSSION LITERATURE CLASS?

•It’s fun!
•Encourages critical thinking
•Develops discussion skills
•Promotes respect for others’ opinions
•Exposes members to broader reading experiences
•Stimulates interest in reading
•Encourages higher academic achievement
•Provides an opportunity to meet new kids and make new friends
•Develops the habit of reading for pleasure and a life-long commitment to learning.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more you learn,
the more places you’ll go!”  ~ Dr. Seuss
Cost for ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES:  3 Payment Options to Fit Your Lifestyle
1) By Semester: $154 – Class fees are due the 1st class of the semester. No refunds will be given for missed classes.
2) By the Month:  $50 – Class fees are due the first day of the month. No refunds will be given for missed classes.
3) By the Class:  $15 a class – Class fees are due at the beginning of the class being attended. *Cash only please.
Charters: 
Sky Mountain – Please add a $25 charter school fee per semester
Homeschool Coaches – Please add a $50 charter school fee per semester. (vendor with Golden Valley, Sage Oak, Excel, iLead, Inspire, Gorman, Compass, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Academy of Arts & Sciences)  *If you do not see your school listed, please contact me to get them signed up thru Homeschool Coaches.
CONTACT:  Brenda Van Der Loo Text/Call 626-482-9793 (Cell) or vanderloofamily@yahoo.com

TALKING ADVENTURES

The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself . . . . . and Public Speaking!!!

TALKING ADVENTURES

Taught by Brenda Van Derloo

Wednesdays

 3:15 – 4:15

Join us for Public Speaking in a Fun & Supportive Environment!  This will be a fun speech class.
Glossophobia, or fear of public speaking, is the most common phobia. Bring on the heights, spiders, small spaces, and death — just keep the speeches away. As Jerry Seinfeld so aptly put it, “If you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
Public speaking is an important life skill, useful in everything from a job interview to delivering a punch line. The style, setting, and size of the audience may change, but it still comes down to a single speaker commanding attention. Speaking in front of a class can be just as intimidating for kids as it is for adults! So many children grow up with this fear of public speaking. They don’t want to get up in front of a crowd because they are scared of speaking in public. If we get them up practicing (and enjoying) public speaking and build up their confidence as a public speaker, then as they grow, they will be confident in public speaking.  It is an important life skill to develop.
We want to make it fun for our children and if we take the emphasis away from public speaking and move it more towards to having fun then kids are less likely to be afraid of it. So, instead of calling this class Public Speaking or Speech, I am calling it TALKING ADVENTURES. They will play games and do activities that will not be graded to eliminate the fear of failing at something. The purpose of this class is to help children become more confident and help them grow in their skills as public speakers and presenters. My goal is to help your child become more comfortable talking in front of people.  To do this, we will do fun exercises in class. The kids will work in pairs, in small groups and finally in front of the whole class. These public speaking activities will help them become better communicators while having fun at the same time.
Cost for TALKING ADVENTURES:  3 Payment Options to Fit Your Lifestyle
1) By Semester: $154 – Class fees are due the 1st class of the semester. No refunds will be given for missed classes.
2) By the Month:  $50 – Class fees are due the first day of the month. No refunds will be given for missed classes.
3) By the Class:  $15 a class – Class fees are due at the beginning of the class being attended. *Cash only please.
Charters: 
Sky Mountain – Please add a $25 charter school fee per semester
Homeschool Coaches – Please add a $50 charter school fee per semester. (vendor with Golden Valley, Sage Oak, Excel, iLead, Inspire, Gorman, Compass, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Academy of Arts & Sciences)  *If you do not see your school listed, please contact me to get them signed up thru Homeschool Coaches.
CONTACT:  Brenda Van Der Loo Text/Call 626-482-9793 (Cell) or vanderloofamily@yahoo.com

IEW WRITING CLASSES

All Things Fun & Fascinating

Writing for Younger Students

IEW Level A

Taught by Lilli Witczak

Mondays

10:30-11:30

Recommended grade levels – 3 through 5; however, ability dictates

Class begins September 10, 2018

Humorous characters, fascinating creatures, and important men of history will gain the attention of students as they learn to write with structure and style.  During the course, students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together a mini research report, and compose creative essays. Additionally, with the activities, games, and parties, there will be enough silliness and fun to keep the atmosphere light while students learn.  The goal of the course is NOT to receive a good grade or compare one student to another. The goal is to develop a love for and interest in writing. We are looking for progress. With realistic expectations, progress is determined by comparing a child’s writing in September to his/her own writing in January and in May.

COST: $200.00 per semester ($225 if a charter student) plus books, etc. Plus, a one-time non-refundable registration fee of $25, which is waived for students whose paid tuition and registration are postmarked before August 1.

COURSE DURATION: 1 year.

TEXT BOOK REQUIRED All Things Fun & Fascinating [Student Book only]

  • By Lori Verstegen
  • ISBN: 978-0-9801005-2-5
  • Edition/Printing: Second Edition, January 2012.

CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)232-7932 or email at: lilli.witczak@gmail.com

U.S. History Based Writing

Taught by Lilli Witczak

IEW LEVEL C

Mondays

11:30-12:45

Writers Level B

Recommended grade levels – 5 through 8; however, ability dictates

Class begins September 10, 2018

Recommended for students with previous IEW experience.  This year’s theme will cover U.S. History while using IEW’s stylistic techniques and the nine structural units. During these lessons, students will learn about our country’s history from colonial times to twenty-first-century technology!  The student book includes assignments, blank outlines, source texts, checklists, and grammar helps.

COST: $200.00 per semester ($225 if a charter student) plus books, etc.  Plus, a one-time non-refundable registration fee of $25, which is waived for students whose paid tuition and registration are postmarked before August 1.

COURSE DURATION: 1 year.

TEXT BOOK REQUIRED: U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only] by Lori Verstegen.  ISBN: 978-1-62341-266-1

CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)232-7932 or email at: lilli.witczak@gmail.com

Lions & Tigers & Public Speaking, Oh My!

Taught by:  Lilli Witczak

 

Mondays

9:00 -10:30

Recommended grade levels – 4 through 7; however, ability dictates

Class begins September 10, 2018

Now come on, don’t be shy….For some people, death is preferable to public speaking, because they are so afraid That need not be the case. When tackled in a fun friendly environment, even the greatest scaredy-cat can overcome this fear.

Don’t worry, students won’t be giving a speech every week. Because students will learn to plan presentations, there will be a writing component to the class. So even if your student doesn’t have stage fright, he (or she) can benefit from learning how to plan what to say as well as how to say it; how to have “stage presence” and manners.

Types of speeches and presentations (and torture) may include but not be limited to:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Show one of your interests
  • Recite a memorized speech or poem
  • Interview a person
  • Present a one act play with other students
  • Teach us how to do something
  • Persuasive speech
  • Give a Sales Pitch (commercial)
  • Review a movie or book
  • ….and more!

As members of the audience, there will be plenty of photo ops for parents and grandparents.

The key is to relax. Breath (or you’ll pass out)…..Now….Sign up!

COST: $200.00 per semester ($225 if a charter student) plus books, etc.  Plus a one time non-refundable registration fee of $25, which is waived for students whose paid tuition and registration are postmarked before August 1.

COURSE DURATION: 1 year.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: TBA

CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)355-5642 or email at: lilli.witczak@gmail.com

CHESS

 

Chess

Taught by:

Jeff Schwartz

Monday

12:00 – 1:00

Cost:          $139.00  for each 11-week session per  student.  

First session starts September 10

Recommended   ages:   5  to    13   or   grades   K  to   8.

Open  to  beginners  and  advanced   students

Students  will learn to play the game of Chess and learn winning strategies.  They will become prepared for tournament  play which is organized  by  Coach  Jeff.  Tournament  play  is not required but is an added bonus.

Chess  is  a  wonderful  game that helps children develop mental discipline, analytical  skills, strategic  thinking, and  do  better academically.  Studies  have shown that   students   studying   Chess    demonstrated    a  marked   development   of  their  verbal    and math  aptitudes.  This  class  is  a great way for kids to have fun, improve  in  Chess, and  make  new  friends.

Added  bonus:   As  Coach  Jeff’s    program    is  in  twenty-one    elementary   schools   in   the  San  Gabriel   Valley,  Coach  Jeff organizes    three   tournaments   per  semester.

About  Coach  Jeff:   Jeff  Schwartz  has  played   tournament  chess    from  the  time  he  was  a  freshman   in  college.   Coach  Jeff  is a  Life  Member    of  the  United  States   Chess  Federation,  and  an  active  member  of  the  Arcadia  Chess   Club. Coach  Jeff  has taught  Chess   since   2007,   helping  hundreds   of   students  mature  in  the  world  of  Chess,  even  while  he   uses  an individualized  approach   for  each  student.

Contact:    chesscoachjeff@live.com or (626) 232-5466

THEATER ARTS

Kids and Teens On-Camera Acting Class

Taught by:

Casting Director and Set Coach

Chris Gillmore

Watch the interview with Chris about her class.

Monday

1:00 – 2:00  Introductory Class

2:00 – 5:30  Regular Class

EIE Campus in Monrovia

 Classes are held on two Mondays

of the month.  Schedule to be announced later.

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

  • Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • California Enrichment Academy
  • Excel Academy
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman
  • iLead
  • Inspire
  • Sage Oak
  • Sky Mountain

COST:  $85.00 per month plus $40.00 material fee.  ($125.00 monthly total)

So…Whatever you’re thinking an acting class for kids and teens is, you will be happily surprised!  This acting class, taught by professional casting director and set coach of over 15,000 kids and teens, Chris Gilmore.  It is much more than just a class where students learn how to act professionally on camera for movies, television and commercials.

The added benefits of this incredible series of classes are:  It builds the student’s self esteem and self image.  It teaches discipline and focus as well as teaching students to use their creativity and imagination.  It empowers the students to be able to speak in front of a group with great confidence and improves memorization, improvisation and even helps develop a sense of humor.

From start to finish all students will learn the art of comedy, drama, two-party scene study, cold-reading, monologue technique, comedy improvisation as applied to on-camera film and television performances as well as commercial techniques.  Every month is a different acting theme.  This course is the Real Thing, and if acting professionally is the goal, students will receive all the skills necessary to pursue a professional acting career while having fun learning them.

THE ADDED BONUS:  At the end of every month, all parents will receive an on-line video of the students’ performances in class so you can watch their progress. (upon request)

CONTACT:  Chris Gilmore  (661) 600-7372