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 2021-22

American History Through Music! 

(Songs & Stories!)

Taught by:

Carolyn Forte

FRIDAY

12:00 – 1:00

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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NATURE MAKERS

(BRAND NEW CLASS!)

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

WEDNESDAYS

8:30-9:30am

(In-person class at E.I.E.)

TAUGHT BY: Ani Janbazian, Vendor: We Spark Learning

TARGET: Grades 1st-4th

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 13 week semesters)

DATES: Semester 1 runs Sept. 15 – Dec 15, 2021

              Semester 2 runs Jan 12 – April 6, 2022

MAX CLASS SIZE: 12

COST PER SEMESTER:

  • $250 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Heartland, Mission Vista Academy, Blue Ridge Academy, Pacific Coast Academy, Mission Vista Academy, Cabrillo Point 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.

 CALLING ALL NATURE LOVERS, ANIMAL LOVERS, AND CRAFT LOVERS TO EXPLORE WILDLIFE WITH WONDER AND WHIMSY.

 In this brand new class, students examine the growth and life of living things, enhanced by hands-on crafts and creative activities.  Each week, students will learn about an amazing mammal, bird, amphibian, fish, reptile, insect, flower, plant, or tree on our fascinating planet.  We will touch on the topics of life cycles, habitats, ecosystems, competition, adaptation, and extinction.

 A hands-on craft or creative activity will be featured every week, to expand or reinforce each lesson, and give student “Makers” a completed handmade project to take home.

 Upon registration, you will be provided with a simple materials list of some basic school and household supplies that will be needed for class.

 REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2021, simply complete the registration form at http://WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students should request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as the school begins processing for this period, in order to secure enrollment.

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

MEDIEVAL CLASS TOWN JOURNAL WRITING

It’s Back

Taught by

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

 

WEDNESDAYS

9:45am-10:45pm

(In-person class at E.I.E.)

TAUGHT BY: Ani Janbazian, Vendor: We Spark Learning

TARGET: Grades 1st-5th

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 13 week semesters)

DATES: Semester 1 runs Sept. 15 – Dec 15, 2021

                  Semester 2 runs Jan 12 – April 6, 2022

MAX CLASS SIZE: 12

COST PER SEMESTER :

  • $250 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Heartland, Mission Vista Academy, Blue Ridge Academy, Pacific Coast Academy, Mission Vista Academy, Cabrillo Point 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 Medieval Town they help create, where they will experience many events through the year including festivals, natural disasters, historic events, unbelievable mishaps and some silly celebrations!  As each town event effects the residents, it will serve as the journal prompt for a creative writing assignment for the week.

  •  “Swarms of bees overtook the town, and I…”
  • “The highlight of the festival was one daring performer who…”
  • “The wagon unhitched sending us barreling into the…”

 Town residents will start by deciding what to name their town and decorating their own home and property. Each student will choose a historic job that will produce weekly earnings. They can use their income to save and upgrade their home, or buy or barter for additions to the property from the marketplace.  Each student will get a chance to be crowned “Royal of the Day” , and Town residents will talk about and compare stories about the events of the week.  Some drawing, crafts, prize games, and other creative expressions will also be incorporated throughout the year to fit our Medieval theme.

 While the class will have some mini lessons on writing techniques, literary devices, figurative language, and poetry, 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.

 Upon registration, you will be provided with a simple materials list of some basic school and household supplies that will be needed for class.

 

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2021, simply complete the registration form at http://WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students should request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as the school begins processing for this period, 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

11:00 – 12:00

In Person

OR

Mondays

1:00 – 2:00

 

TAUGHT BY: Ani Janbazian, Vendor: We Spark Learning

TARGET: Grades 2nd-6th

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 13 week semesters)

DATES:

Wednesdays

  • Sem #1 runs 9/15/21 – 12/15/21
  • Sem #2 runs 1/12/22- 4/6/22

Mondays

  • Sem #1 runs 9/13/21 – 12/13/21
  • Sem #2 runs 1/3/22 – 4/11/22

MAX CLASS SIZE: 12

COST PER SEMESTER :

  • $250 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Heartland, Mission Vista Academy, Blue Ridge Academy, Pacific Coast Academy, Mission Vista Academy, Cabrillo Point 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.

 REQUIRED TEXT: National Geographic Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas.  This affordable text is available for purchase from many online sources, recently seen for $11 new, or as low as $3 used.

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 and fact finding using your student world geography text. 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.

Upon registration, you will be provided with a simple materials list of some basic school supplies that students will need to have on hand.  Online students will also need access to a printer at home to print assignments.

 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!

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2021, simply complete the registration form at http://WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students should request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as the school begins processing for this period, 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

12:15 – 1:15 In Person Class

OR

MONDAYS ONLINE VIA ZOOM

2:15 – 3:15pm 

 

 


TARGET: Grades 2nd-6th

TAUGHT BY: Ani Janbazian, Vendor: We Spark Learning

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 13 week semesters)

DATES:

Wednesdays

  • Sem #1 runs 9/15/21 – 12/15/21 and
  • Sem #2 runs 1/12/22- 4/6/22

Mondays

  • Sem #1 runs 9/13/21 – 12/13/21 and
  • Sem #2 runs 1/3/22 – 4/11/22

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, 2021, simply complete the registration form at http://WeSparkLearning.com

  Charter School students should request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as the school begins processing for this period, in order to secure enrollment.

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

BUILD-A-MICRONATION

It’s Back

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

WEDNESDAYS

1:45 – 2:45

(In-person at E.I.E.)

TAUGHT BY: Ani Janbazian, Vendor: We Spark Learning

TARGET: Grades 3-7

CLASS SIZE: 12

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 13 week semesters)

DATES:

  •               Semester 1 runs Sept. 15 – Dec 15, 2021
  •               Semester 2 runs Jan 12 – April 6, 2022

COST PER SEMESTER:

  • $250 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Heartland, Mission Vista Academy, Blue Ridge Academy, Pacific Coast Academy, Mission Vista Academy, Cabrillo Point 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.

 

Imagine…

…an underwater nation where residents live in bio-domes, and use candy for money.

…a rock n’ roll republic where music starts each day and the president looks like Elvis.

…a kingdom whose citizens wear shades of purple, and travel by unicorn.

…a gamer state where video game scores translate to real money in the bank.

 In this class, students can mastermind, invent, develop, and design their very own nation and culture.  Micronations are imaginary countries that have many of the same things as real ones: laws, customs, culture and history – even their own flags, coins, and stamps.

 Step by step, using examples from real nations, other micronations, and fictional lands, students will establish a government, create a language and distinctive clothing, initiate unique holidays, print a currency, write a constitution, and so much more.

Dynamic discussions and hands-on activities will explore:

  • Government
  • Political Systems
  • Language
  • National Symbols
  • History
  • Geology & Resources
  • Physical Geography
  • Economy
  • Currency
  • Citizenship
  • Infrastructure:
  •  Transportation &  Communication
  • Cultural Identity:
  •       Food, Art, Music, Clothing & Pastimes
  • Holidays

Upon registration, you will be provided with a simple materials list of some basic school and household supplies that will be needed for class.

 REGISTRATION:

Beginning May 1, 2021, simply complete the registration form at http://WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students should request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as the school begins processing for this period, 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

WEDNESDAYS

3:15 – 4:15

In Person

TARGET: Grades 2-6

CLASS SIZE: 14

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 13 week semesters)

DATES:

  • Semester 1 runs Sept. 15 – Dec 15, 2021
  • Semester 2 runs Jan 12 – April 6, 2022

COST PER SEMESTER :

  • $250 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Heartland, Mission Vista Academy, Blue Ridge Academy, Pacific Coast Academy, Mission Vista Academy, Cabrillo Point 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, philosophy, literature, science, exploration and music.  Celebrate with experiential activities, crafts, videos, 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.

 TO REGISTER: Beginning May 1, 2021, simply complete the registration form at http://WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students should request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as the school begins processing for this period, in order to secure enrollment.

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

TRUE HISTORY UNKNOWNS OF INDIANA JONES

NEW

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

WEDNESDAYS

4:30pm-5:45pm

(In-person class at E.I.E.)

OR

MONDAYS 3:30 – 4:45pm

(ONLINE VIA ZOOM)

 

TARGET: Grades 8 – 12

Class Size:12

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 13 week semesters)

DATES:

Wednesdays

  • Sem #1 runs 9/15/21 – 12/15/21
  • Sem #2 runs 1/12/22- 4/6/22

Mondays

  • Sem #1 runs 9/13/21 – 12/13/21
  • Sem #2 runs 1/3/22 – 4/11/22

COST PER SEMESTER :

  • $295 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $320 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Heartland, Mission Vista Academy, Blue Ridge Academy, Pacific Coast Academy, Mission Vista Academy, Cabrillo Point 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 will learn more about the real history, archeology, locations, relics, people, and cultures, that inspired the adventures of Indiana Jones.  We will follow along with Indy through his epic journeys, seeking to know more about the people, places and things that cross his path through each of the films in the franchise:

  •  RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
  • TEMPLE OF DOOM
  • LAST CRUSADE
  • KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

 Each week we will watch a segment of film, discuss a real-life historical element that is featured in the story, weigh the truth or exaggeration of it’s portrayal, expand the lesson using relevant maps, terminology, or timelines, and leave with a bonus Quest Challenge for extra knowledge on the subject.

We will spend 5-6 classes on each film.  Please note, this class is 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, to accommodate the viewing of approx. 20 minute segments of film during class time.

  •  What are the Crusades?
  • Who are the Knights Templar?
  • What is the Ark of the Covenant?
  • Where is the real city of Petra?
  • Is there really a Black Market for Antiquities?
  • What do we know about the Nazca Lines?
  • Is a Sankara Stone a real relic?
  • What is the story behind the Crystal Skulls?
  • Is there a Hanger 51 in Roswell, Nevada?
  • Who inspired the character of Indiana Jones?

These are just some of the questions this class will answer!

 

IMPORTANT NOTE TO PARENTS

The minimum grade recommendations for this class has been set partially due to Indiana Jones series being rated PG-13.  They depict gun violence, deaths, gross-out scenes with bugs, snakes, and blood,  incinerations,  and temple torture scenes that can be quite gruesome.  To read more about the content of this film series, I recommend CommonSenseMedia.org for their age-based reviews.  Parent permission slips for viewing will be required of all students taking this class.

 TO REGISTER: Beginning May 1, 2021, simply complete the registration form at http://WeSparkLearning.com .  Charter School students should request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as the school begins processing for this period, in order to secure enrollment.

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

CHESS

 

Chess

Taught by:

Jeff Schwartz

Monday

1:30 – 2:30

SESSION START DATES:

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.

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)

CONTACT: 

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:

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