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

American History Through Music! 

(Songs & Stories!)

Taught by:

Carolyn Forte

TBA

Appropriate for grades K-8.  Older music lovers are welcome! Younger children are welcome with a parent.

 Traditional American songs, which include folk songs from around the world, were once known by every schoolchild.  Although they are foundational to an understanding of American literature, culture and history, our public schools dropped almost all of them in the 1970s, along with the fun and historical understanding they include.

In this class we will learn traditional songs from American history and the history/stories behind them.  We will do a lot of singing, clapping and moving with great music while learning about American History.   Carolyn majored in Music History and has been a song leader for several decades.  End your week with music, fun and history!

COST:  $100 per semester (ask about family discounts)

 

Call Carolyn at EIE 626-821-0025

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We Spark Learning

by:  Ani Janbazian

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WILD WEST CLASS TOWN JOURNAL WRITING *NEW*

Taught by

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

 

 

Postponed until further notice!

 

 

 

Postponed until further notice!

TARGET: Grades 1-5.

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 14 week semesters – classes begin September 16, 2020)

COST PER SEMESTER  (All materials provided):

  • $250 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Inspire, Heartland, Blue Ridge Academy, Granite Mountain, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Golden Valley, and Excel Academy Charter students. If you don’t see your school listed, please contact us at WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com so we can apply to become a vendor for you.

Students become “neighbors” in a crazy Wild West Town they help create, where they will experience many events through the year including western themed activities, natural disasters, community events, unbelievable mishaps and some silly celebrations!  As each town event effects the “homesteaders”, it will serve as the journal prompt for a creative writing assignment for the week.

“I hopped on my horse to round up some cattle thieves and …”

“I’ve never been to a barn raising before, so today was…”

“The unusual ingredients in my cauldron of stew were…”

Class cowboys and cowgirls will start by deciding what to name their town and establishing their own home and property. Each student will choose a job that will produce weekly earnings. They can use their income to save and upgrade their home, or enhance their property with decorative and fun items from the marketplace.  Neighbors will talk about and compare stories about the wild western events of the week.  Some drawing, crafts, prize games, and other creative expressions will also be incorporated throughout the year.

 

While the class will have some mini lessons on writing techniques, literary devices, figurative language, and poetry, our focus is not on the formal fundamentals of writing.  The main goal of this class is to motivate kids to put pen to paper to write with enthusiasm and express their ideas in written form.    Journal writing is done during class time, and journal expectations can be varied to adapt to different learning levels and abilities.

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2020, simply complete the form and payment on the Registration page of WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students must request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as possible, in order to secure enrollment.

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

KID’S VID’S & ANCIENT CIV’S

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

9:45 – 10:45

Semester 1

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

 

 

 

TARGET: Grades 2-6th

 1 year (two, 13 week semesters – classes begin September 16, 2020)

COST PER SEMESTER  (All materials provided):

  • $235 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $260 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Inspire, Heartland, Blue Ridge Academy, Granite Mountain, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Golden Valley, and Excel Academy Charter students. If you don’t see your school listed, please contact us at WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com so we can apply to become a vendor for you.

 

Journey through the life and times of Ancient Civilizations inspired by the cartoon video adventure series, Kid’s Animated History with Pipo.  Each week, students will watch Pipo’s 11-minute video that uses humor and storytelling to share a picture of life in a specific Ancient Civilization.  Together, we will identify important individuals, ideas, icons, and invention of that time period.  We’ll bring that history alive with hands-on  art, and creative projects that will reflect the ancient culture we study.

Join us as we  explore:

  • The Mayan Civilization
  • The Inca Empire
  • The Aztec Empire
  • The Viking Age
  • The Celtic Era
  • The Byzantine Empire
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Ancient India
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Persia
  • Ancient China
  • Ancient Japan
  • Mesopotamia

 Student’s must have access to a printer, to print weekly materials at home.

 Upon registration, a small supply will be provided with materials that willl be needed for class.

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2020, simply complete the form and payment on the Registration page of WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students must request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as possible, in order to secure enrollment.

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

ROCK THE RENAISSANCE 

*NEW*

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Postponed until further notice!

TARGET: Grades 2-6th

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 14 week semesters – classes begin September 16, 2020)

COST PER SEMESTER  (All materials provided):

  • $250 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Inspire, Heartland, Blue Ridge Academy, Granite Mountain, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Golden Valley, and Excel Academy Charter students. If you don’t see your school listed, please contact us at WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com so we can apply to become a vendor for you.

 

What makes Michelangelo’s artwork so impressive?

Why do we still study Shakespeare’s plays today?

How did Galileo change how we view the world?

Students dive in with hands-on learning about this period of cultural riches in art, invention, philosopy, literature, science, exploration and music.  Celebrate with experiential activities, crafts, games, and exploration of the human achievements that propelled the world.

The seeds of the Renaissance in Europe from 14th-17th centuries, planted the foundations of our modern world.  There is so much to discover!

  • Identifying our solar system
  • Invention of Gutenberg’s printing press
  • Circumnavigation of the earth
  • Genius of Shakespeare
  • Perfection of Michelangelo’s David
  • Daring of Luther and Erasmus
  • Breathtaking advances in science
  • Marvelous Mathematics
  • and much more.

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.

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2020, simply complete the form and payment on the Registration page of WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students must request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as possible, in order to secure enrollment.

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

SECRET SOLVERS SOCIETY

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

 

Wednesdays

12:30-1:30pm

Semester 1

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Classes Start

September 9, 2020


TARGET: Grades 2nd-5th

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 143week semesters – classes begin September 9, 2020)

COST PER SEMESTER  (All materials provided):

  • $235 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $260 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Inspire, Heartland, Blue Ridge Academy, Granite Mountain, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Golden Valley, and Excel Academy Charter students. If you don’t see your school listed, please contact us at WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com so we can apply to become a vendor for you.

You are invited to become a savvy problem solver as a member of our distinguished society where we treasure critical thinking  and out-of-the-box ideas.

Your exclusive S.S.S. membership entitles you to solve exciting weekly challenges, that will stretch your brainpower, flex your reasoning, boot your creativity, and harness the power of teamwork!

Your challenges will include:

  •         Perplexing Puzzles
  •         Detective Mysteries
  •         S.T.E.M. Challenges (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  •         Brain Games
  •         Treasure Hunts
  •         Escape Room Adventures
  •         And more!

Your success will  grant you a place in the Secret Solvers Society “Brain Hall of Fame”.

Student’s must have access to a printer, to print weekly materials at home.

 Upon registration, a small supply will be provided with materials that willl be needed for class.

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2020, simply complete the form and payment on the Registration page of WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students must request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as possible, in order to secure enrollment.

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

Inspired by this class, one Build-A-Biz graduate has started her own business selling beautiful handmade paper gifts.  Check out Chillin’ Quillin’s wonderful website!

BUILD-A-BIZ:

Pizza Edition

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

 

Wednesdays

1:45- 2:45

ONLINE VIA ZOOM FOR AT LEAST THE FIRST SEMESTER

TARGET: Grades 3rd-7th

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 13 week semesters – classes begin September 9, 2020)

COST PER SEMESTER 

  • $235 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $260 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Inspire, Heartland, Blue Ridge Academy, Granite Mountain, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Golden Valley, and Excel Academy Charter students. If you don’t see your school listed, please contact us at WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com so we can apply to become a vendor for you.

 

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!

GOOGLE CLASS ROOM WILL BE USED TO TURN IN ASSIGNMENTS.

STUDENT MUST HAVE ACCESS TO A PRINTER TO PRINT MATERIALS AT HOME.

A SMALL  SUPPLY LIST WILL BE PROVIDED FOR SOME BASIC ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE CLASS.

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2020, simply complete the form and payment on the Registration page of WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students must request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as possible, in order to secure enrollment.

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

4:15 – 5:15

3:00-4:00pm New time slot!

Semester 1

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

TARGET: Grades 2-6

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 13 week semesters – classes begin Sept 9, 2020)

COST PER SEMESTER

$235 for private pay homeschool families.

$260 for iLead, Epic, Aveson,  Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Valiant Prep and Excel Academy Charter students. If you don’t see your school listed, please contact us at WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com so we can apply to become a vendor for you.

 

 

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!

Student’s must have access to a printer, to print weekly materials at home.

 Upon registration, a small supply will be provided with materials that willl be needed for class.

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2020, simply complete the form and payment on the REGISTRATION PAGE of this site.  Charter School students should request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as school begin processing for this period, in order to secure enrollment.
Questions? Call (626)482-8963 or email WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2019 visit the registration page at WeSparkLearning.com.  Open Enrollment continues until classes are full.

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

 ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES

by Brenda Vanderloo

ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES Literature Classes 

Exploring the world through great authors!

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

ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES 7-10

Taught by:

Brenda Van Der Loo

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Fridays

11:00 – 12:00

ON LINE FOR SEMESTER 1

Recommended for 7-10 year olds. The books will be approximately 100-150 pages long and appropriate for 2nd-4th graders.

ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES 10-12

Taught by:

Brenda Van Der Loo

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Wednesdays

12:30 – 1:30

 OR

Fridays

12:15 – 1:15

ON LINE FOR SEMESTER 1

 

 

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

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: 
Semester Fee: $160 – Class fees are due the 1st class of the semester. No refunds will be given for missed classes.
Charters: Homeschool Coaches – Please add a $35 charter school fee per semester. (vendor with Sky Mountain, Golden Valley, Sage Oak, Excel, iLead, Inspire, Blue Ridge Academy, 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 Der Loo

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Wednesdays

 1:45 – 2:45

ON LINE FOR SEMESTER 1

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:
Semester Fee: $160 – Class fees are due the 1st class of the semester. No refunds will be given for missed classes.
Charters: Homeschool Coaches – Please add a $35 charter school fee per semester. (vendor with Sky Mountain, Golden Valley, Sage Oak, Excel, iLead, Inspire, Blue Ridge Academy, 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

Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Writing Lessons

Writing for Younger Students

Writers Level A

Recommended grade levels 

3 through 5; however, ability dictates

Taught by Lilli Witczak

Mondays

9:00 – 10:00

CLASS BEGINS:  September 14, 2020

COURSE DURATION:  1 school year, from September 14 through May 24.

 Your student’s imagination will soar in this Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Writing Lessons Themed course as he or she is introduced to The Mule and His Buyer, Bellerophon and the Chimera, and Tiger Tamer, and that is just the beginning.

During the course, students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, compose creative essays, and more. 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 June.

COST: $225.00 per semester ($250 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.

Miss Lilli is a vendor for: Sky Mountain, ILEAD, Excel Academy, Sage Oaks, Golden Valley, Gorman, Inspire, and more.

TEXT BOOK REQUIRED Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Writing Lessons [Student Book only]

By Maria Gerber

ISBN: 978-1-62341-309-5

Edition/Printing: Third Edition, May 2019

Copyright Date: 2019

Please note: The textbook is not available through the EIE bookstore.

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

 

U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons

Writing for Level B/C

Taught by Lilli Witczak

Recommended grade levels 6 and up, because ability dictates!

Mondays

10:00 – 11:15

CLASS BEGINS:  September 14, 2020

COURSE DURATION:  1 school year, from September 14 through May 24.

In this U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons Themed course, students will read and write about topics such as the civil war, the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889, the Sinking of the Lusitania, and many more.

From the Native Americans to the Statue of Liberty, from the Westward Movement to Transportation Milestones, students will learn about the history of this great nation while learning to write using IEWs structure and stylistic techniques.

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During the course, students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, compose creative essays, and more. 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 June.

 COST: $225.00 per semester ($250 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.

Miss Lilli is a vendor for: Sky Mountain, ILEAD, Excel Academy, Sage Oaks, Golden Valley, Gorman, Inspire, and more.

TEXT BOOK REQUIRED U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only]

By Lori Verstegen

ISBN: 978-1-62341-324-8

Edition/Printing: Second Edition, November 2019

Copyright Date: 2019

Please note: The textbook is not available through the EIE bookstore.

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

Beginning Writing for the Scared Reluctant Righter Writer

Taught by Lilli Witczak

Mondays

12:30 – 1:30

Recommended grade levels – 4th through 7th

 CLASS BEGINS:  September 14, 2020

COURSE DURATION:  1 school year, from September 14 through May 24.

 This class will focus on the basics of grammar and writing. The year will begin with the students learning how to write sentences and paragraphs. In time for Thanksgiving and the end of the calendar year, we will focus on how to write thank you notes and letters to family and friends. With the start of the new year, we will write about our hopes for the coming year and future years. In February, we will write about Presidents and patriotic topics in celebration of Presidents’ Day. During March and April, we will study how to write persuasively, how to write a how-to paper, and more. The last topic of the year will be poetry, because we are going surprise Mom (Shhh!!! Don’t tell her.) for Mother’s Day!

 Fees: $250.00 per semester ($275 if a charter student..
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.

 Miss Lilli is a vendor for: Sky Mountain, ILEAD, Excel Academy, Sage Oaks, Golden Valley, Gorman, Inspire, and more.

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

CHESS

 

Chess

Taught by:

Jeff Schwartz

Monday

1:30 – 2:30

SESSION START DATES:

September 14, 2020

January 25, 2021

Cost:          $153.00  for each 11-week session per  student.  

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 and Leo Gilmore

Watch the interview with Chris about her class.

Mondays

2020
  • January 6, 13
  • February 3, 24
  • March 9, 16
  • April 20, 27
  • May 4, 11
  • June 1, 8
  • July 20, 27
  • August 3, 10
  • September 14, 21
  • October 19, 26
  • November 16, 23
  • December 7, 14
Our acting class times:
  • 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
    • Little Stars  (4 to 9)
  • 2:05 PM -4:05 PM
    • Beginners  (9 thru teen)
  • 4:10 PM -6:10 PM 
    • Intermediate to Advanced

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: 

  • $125 per month private funds
  • $150 with charter funds made out to Home School Coaches 

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.

LITTLE STARS CLASS

  • This class is designed for the younger 5 – 9 year old children.
  • Primary goal is to discover the child’s talent and introduce the concepts of creatity and imagination.
  • Introduce child to cold reading skills and improve vocabulary to build communication skills.
  • Improvisation to develope their on the spot problem solving and communication confidence.
  • Teach discipline and focus.
  • Works on a goal and reward system allowing the child to experience an instant gratification experience.
  • Ideal class to work on communication skills including eye contact and body language.

 

BEGINNING ACTING CLASS

This class is highly suggested for kids 9 years old through 18.

  • Assorted acting skills including comedy improv, method acting, on camera scene study, and much more.
  • A  class which encourages the student to ask questions and learn the techniques of acting from the beginning steps on.
  • A strong focus on building the student’s confidence in themselves and in letting go the fear of performing in front of others
  • In this class, the teacher also evaluates the student’s learning style, confidence level, emotional needs, and develops a teaching plan for each individual student
  • Great class for a trained actor who has developed bad acting habits and needs to relearn the skills from a new perspective. (such as a theatre-trained actor who needs to learn how to tone-down “theatre acting” and approach acting from a more organic and internal level.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ACTING CLASS

This class is highly suggested for teens

  • A faster paced class where students are challenged to utilize their acting skills to the max, as they learn new and more advanced skills
  • Many acting challenges are given which builds even more confidence
  • Great class for trained actors who are looking to continue growing in the art of on camera acting and seriously considering a professional acting career.

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)

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SCIENCE-2-U ELEMENTARY CLASSES

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The ultimate hands-on Science classes in the area!

To Enroll in the following classes please go to the following link:

Science 2 U EIE class enrollment

Inventors and Their Inventions

Taught by Martin Forte

Dr. Homeschool

Sept. 15, 22, 29

Oct. 6

10:30 – 11:30

12:00 – 1:00

What does it take to be an inventor and make some of the most famous inventionsof all time? We will complete some of the experiments that were used by inventors like Galileo (make a telescope) and Thomas Edison (make a light bulb).

You will even make a few inventions of your own, like an apparatus to safely escort and egg from the top of a building to the ground. Put on your thinking caps before you come to this class!

 

caveman

The Incredible Human Body

Taught by Martin Forte

Dr. Homeschool

Oct. 13, 20, 27 

Nov. 3

 

10:30 – 11:30

or

12:00 – 1:00

Come discover how wonderfully intricate the human body is! We’ll explore the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems as well as bones and muscles. You’ll learn how your own body works. Come join the fun!

model of the heart.

Detective Investigations-Part 1

Taught by Marty Forte

Dr. Homeschool

November 5, 12, 19

December 3

No classes:  November 26

10:30 – 11:30

or

12:00 – 1:00

You’ll become a real forensic scientist as you use modern day crime solving techniques to solve a variety of mysteries. Some of the tests you will perform are fingerprint analysis, chromatography (ink analysis), hair analysis using microscopes and more! There will be a new case to crack each week. Come join the fun!

Detective

Christmas Break  December 21, 2020 – January 4, 2021

The Tiny World of Microbes

Taught by Marty Forte

Dr. Homeschool

Dec. 15, 2020

Jan. 12, 19, 26 2021

No class Dec. 22, 29 and Jan. 5

10:30 – 11:30

or

12:00 – 1:00

Welcome to the wonderful world of microbes! We’ll look at the differences between plant and animal cells and also discover protists and bacteria. With the use of our microscopes we’ll also discover what lives in a drop of pond water as well as some crazy new organisms each week! fi causes some things to float while others sink?

Germ

Let’s find the answers through hands-on experiments!

Space, The Final Frontier

Taught by Marty Forte

Dr. Homeschool

February 4, 11, 24

March 3

No Class on February 18

10:30 – 11:30

or

12:00 – 1:00

The final frontier….come explore the planets of our solar system including satellites like our moon! We’ll discover what planets are made of and what the differences are among them. We’ll even discover why the Earth is the perfect place for us to live. You’ll get to make your own rocket to launch on the last day of class!

Rocks and Minerals

Taught by Marty Forte

Dr. Homeschool

March 10, 17, 24

April 14th

No class March 31, April 7  Easter Break

10:30 – 11:30

or

12:00 – 1:00

Come explore the fascinating world of rocks and minerals! We’ll explore crystal formation, and learn how to identify minerals through various tests like the Mohs hardness test, specific gravity, color, streak and others. We’ll also learn about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Geod

Birds

Taught by Marty Forte

Dr. Homeschool

April 20, 27 

May 4, 11

10:30 – 11:30

or

12:00 – 1:00

Why do birds have feathers?

What kind of birds live near your home?

What are the different types of beaks and feet that birds have and what does that say about what they eat and where they live?

We’ll answer these and many more questions as we take an in-depth look at the biology of birds. We’ll even piece together what an owl had for breakfast by dissecting owl pellets! You won’t want to miss this fascinating look into the world of birds.

baby chick

Mean, Green Photosynthesizing Machines

2 week class

Taught by Marty Forte

Dr. Homeschool

May 18, 25th

10:30 – 11:30

or

12:00 – 1:00

Come learn about the fascinating life of plants. Plants provide us with life giving oxygen. In this class we’ll grow our own plants and learn all about the different parts of plants, photosynthesis and the carbon-oxygen cycle and we’ll also discover the process of germination and transpiration. You’ll be a real green thumb when you finish this class.

plant photosynthesis