Elementary Classes

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

Cursive Handwriting

Taught by

Carolyn Forte

Wednesday

3:30 – 4:00

Cost: $75 per semester (includes materials used in class and practice hand-outs)

Suitable for age 6-Adult

Cursive handwriting is becoming a lost art, yet studies have shown that those who use cursive to take notes remember the material much better than those who use printing or a keyboard.  Cursive is fast and easy when learned properly.  This class will teach the traditional American cursive beginning with development of muscle memory and hand-eye coordination just as our ancestors learned.  They could write beautifully all day without becoming tired or getting cramps in their fingers because of the method that was once universally taught but was dropped from our schools almost a century ago.  There will be no text/ copybook the first semester.  The second semester, families may choose from a variety of books to accommodate differing age and skill levels.  Parents are encouraged to observe (or take the class) so they will be able to guide their children in practice throughout the week.

Elementary Arithmetic

Taught by

Marcella Houston

Tuesday

9:00 – 10:00

The secret to understanding advanced mathematics is to simply “master” the foundations of elementary mathematics.  EiE is excited to bring back Mrs. Marcella Houston to our Math Department where she taught for many years.  Your elementary age children will have fun while learning the basic four functions and beyond with mastery at the forefront.  This class will provide the necessary information and homework to insure that your child will have a working knowledge of the basics of elementary math thus preparing them for Pre-Algebra and beyond.

COST:  $200.00 per semester.

CONTACT:  EiE at (626) 821-0025 or email us at eieacademy@gmail.com

Knitting and Crochet

Taught by

Angelia Robinson

Thursdays

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

Ages: 5 and up
Tuition: $225 per semester (Charter Students $275)

Materials Fee: $25
Let’s play with stitches! In this class students will explore knitting, crochet, and hand sewing. Handcrafts can strengthen hand-eye coordination and encourage relaxation all while instilling practical life skills. Perfect for both girls and boys alike.

First class is FREE! Ask about family rates and payment plans.

For more details or to register, call Angelia Robinson at 323-425-YARN (9276),

E-mail AngeliaSmithRobinson@gmail.com, or visit www.AngeliaSmithRobinson.com/classes.

About the teacher:
Angelia Robinson is a knit and crochet designer and homeschooling mom residing in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in many publications including Vogue Knitting,

Sew Easy

Taught by Angelia Robinson

Thursdays

3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

 

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

Ages: 8 and up

Tuition: $275.00 per semester (Charter school students $325.00)  

Materials Fee:  $10.00

Optional Equipment Fee $35.00

Jump start your sewing savvy with this fun, hands-on class! Get to know your sewing machine – inside and out; learn to use commercial sewing patterns; create your own simple sewing patterns; discover the secrets of fabric selection; and more. Class projects include pillow cases, tote bags, pajama pants, and more. Ideal for students who are brand new to sewing –  girls and boys alike.

Required Tools and Materials:
Sewing machine with matching bobbin or equipment fee*, fabric scissors, tape measure, ruler, tailor’s chalk and/or disappearing fabric marker, straight pins, pin cushion, seam ripper, and scrap fabric such as an old bed sheet. Additional pattern and fabric requirements will be discussed in class.

Sewing Alterations and Upcycling

Taught by Angelia Robinson

Thursdays

4:30 pm – 5:50 pm

 

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

Ages: 8 and up

Tuition: $275.00 per semester (Charter school students $325.00) 

Materials Fee $25.00

Optional Equipment Fee $35.00

Let’s take your stitches to the next level! Class projects will include building a personalized dress form, learning basic repairs and alterations, installing zippers and buttonholes, and upcycling old clothes to create new styles. Students will also have the flexibility to create their own projects. Prerequisite: Must have completed Sew Easy class or have other previous sewing experience.

Required Tools and Materials:

Sewing machine with matching bobbin or equipment fee*, fabric scissors, tape measure, ruler, tailor’s chalk and/or disappearing fabric marker, straight pins, pin cushion, seam ripper, plus old t-shirts, neck ties, jeans, and/or dress shirts. Additional pattern and/or fabric requirements will be discussed in class.

*Students may bring in their own sewing machines or pay a $35 equipment fee per semester for use of a classroom machine. Number of classroom machines is limited. Contact instructor to as soon as possible to guarantee one for your student.

Note: Sewing machines need not be new or computerized models. Any full sized machine in good working order will suffice. (No miniature or toy machines.) Please bring the machine manual to class if possible.

COLONIAL CLASS TOWN – JOURNAL WRITING

Taught by Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

9:00 -10:00am

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

TARGET: Grades 1-5

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two 15-week semesters) BEGINS 9/13/17

COST PER SEMESTER : $225.00 (all materials provided)

+ $25.00 admin fee for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy students

+ $50.00 admin fee using Homeschool Coaches for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, and Academy of Arts & Sciences. Email us for details to use this option.

Students become “neighbors” in a crazy colonial town they help to 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 the creative writing page 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.  Some drawing, crafts, prize games, and other creative expressions will also be incorporated throughout the year to fit our early American theme.

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.

TO REGISTER: Download and complete the registration form at WeSparkLearning.com and mail it in, along with payment (or P.O. request for charters).

 

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

 

SECRET SOLVERS SOCIETY

 TAUGHT BY: Ani Janbazian, We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

10:15 -11:15

 

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

TARGET: Grades 2-6

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two 15-week semesters) begins 9/13/17

COST PER SEMESTER : $225.00 (all materials provided)

+ $25.00 admin fee for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy students

+ $50.00 admin fee using Homeschool Coaches for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, and Academy of Arts & Sciences. Email us for details to use this option.

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, boost your creativity, and harness the power of teamwork!

Your challenges will include:

Detective Mysteries

Perplexing Puzzles

S.T.E.M. Challenges (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Brain Games

Treasure Hunts

Escape Room Adventures

And more!

Your success will merit awards, that could grant you a place in the Secret Solvers Society “Brain Hall of Fame”.

TO REGISTER: Download and complete the registration form at WeSparkLearning.com and mail it in, along with payment (or P.O. request for charters).

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

KID’S VIDS & ANCIENT CIV’S

 TAUGHT BY: Ani Janbazian, We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

11:30am – 12:30pm

 

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

TARGET: Grades 2-6

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two 15-week semesters) begins 9/13/17

COST PER SEMESTER : $225.00 (all materials provided)

+ $25.00 admin fee for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy students

+ $50.00 admin fee using Homeschool Coaches for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, and Academy of Arts & Sciences. Email us for details to use this option.

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’ll identify important individuals, ideas, icons and inventions of the time period.  We’ll bring that history alive with hands-on activities, games, art, and creative projects that will reflect the ancient cultures 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 China

Ancient Japan

Ancient Persia

Mesopotamia

TO REGISTER: Download and complete the registration form at WeSparkLearning.com and mail it in, along with payment (or P.O. request for charters).

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

WHERE IN THE USA IS NINA PASADENA?

 TAUGHT BY: Ani Janbazian, We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

1:00 – 2:00pm

 

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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


TARGET:
Grades 2-6

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15-week semesters) begins 9/13/17

COST PER SEMESTER : $200.00 (all materials provided)

+ $25.00 admin fee for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy students

+ $50.00 admin fee using Homeschool Coaches for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, and Academy of Arts & Sciences. Email us for details to use this option.

Master Criminal Nina Pasadena is at it again!  This time she is determined to capture America’s amazing landmarks to declare this nation the “United States of Nina Pasadena”

Join the Acme Detective Agency on the state-by-state hunt for super spy mastermind, Nina Pasadena.   This time she is using puzzles, secret messages, invisible ink, locked cases, combination codes, and more to communicate with her henchmen about their missions.  The henchmen will be under cover, disguising themselves as famous people from each state.  If we identify and capture them, we can intercept their messages and decode their plans for the next targeted landmark!

Our investigations will include state nicknames, flags, symbols, major cities, significant sites, historical information and more.  We will use books, atlases, encyclopedia, maps and other research materials to stop Nina in her tracks!

Agents will also be responsible for an Agent Special Assignment (aka- a short research paper, and drawing task to work on at home) about a specific state that is a suspected henchman hide-out. Agents will present their Special Assignment in front of the Acme team (oral presentation).

Will we catch Nina Pasadena?  Join us on this Geography Adventure!

**PLEASE NOTE: THIS VERY SAME CLASS WAS OFFERED IN 2015/16 at E.I.E.** If you took this class at that time, stay tuned until next year when we will offer “Where in the World is Nina Pasadena?”

TO REGISTER: Download and complete the registration form at WeSparkLearning.com and mail it in, along with payment (or P.O. request for charters).

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

BUILD-A-BIZ: PIZZA EDITION

 TAUGHT BY: Ani Janbazian, We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

2:15 – 3:15pm

 

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

TARGET: Grades 3-7

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15-week semesters) begins 9/13/17

COST PER SEMESTER : $225.00 (all materials provided)

+ $25.00 admin fee for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy students

+ $50.00 admin fee using Homeschool Coaches for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, and Academy of Arts & Sciences. Email us for details to use this option.

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.

You’ll also have one mid-year 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!

TO REGISTER: Download and complete the registration form at WeSparkLearning.com and mail it in, along with payment (or P.O. request for charters).

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

Lions & Tigers & Public Speaking, Oh My!

Taught by Lilli Witczak

 

Mondays

9:00 -10:30

Recommended grade levels

4th through 7th

However, ability dictates acceptance if younger.

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

IEW World History

Writers Level B

Taught by Lilli Witczak

Mondays

11:30-1:00

Class begins September 11, 2017

Recommended grade levels:

5th through 8th;

however, ability dictates

Recommended for students with previous IEW experience.  This year’s theme will cover World History while using IEW’s stylistic techniques and the nine structural units. During these lessons, students will learn about world history from Gutenberg 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: World History-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only] by Lori Verstegen.  ISBN: 978-1-62341-271-5

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

Kids and Teens On-Camera Acting Class

Taught by:

Casting Director and Set Coach

Chris Gillmore

Monday

1:00 – 2:00  Introductory Class

2:00 – 5:30  Regular Class

EIE Campus in Monrovia

See class schedule

under class description!

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

CLASS DAYS:  

  • September 11, 18
  • October 2, 16
  • December 4, 11
  • January 8,22
  • February 5, 26
  • March 5, 12
  • April 2, 9
  • May 7, 14

Chess

Taught by:

Jeff Schwartz

Monday

1:00 – 2:00

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

First session starts September 11 and the second session starts on January 22, 2018.

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

Beginning Drawing

Taught by:

Marissa Rodriguez

Fridays

12:30 – 1:30

CONTACT:  (626) 242-7410 Cynthia Rodriquez     or email:  artistmarisarodriguez@gmail.com
COST:  $50.00 per month

In this class, students will learn  basic drawing and structure. Students will be taught different art techniques to create pencil sketches from both their imaginations, and from simple pictures. Each week, students will be taught how to use special tools such as different grades of pencils, colored pencil, cloth to blend, erasers, charcoal to create gradation from light to dark, perspective, and many more techniques used by artists today. The teacher will also cover the fundamentals of the color wheel and how it can be applied to the different mediums of art.  Students will also learn about famous artists such as: Monet, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and many more.

Science-2-U Elementary Classes

Marine Life

Taught by:  Jill Wilcox

September 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3

10:30 – 11:30

12:00 – 1:00

This class is all hands-on with marine creatures. Learn about the habits and anatomy of various marine organisms. We will be dissecting a shark, fish and some invertebrates like clams. We’ll also discover the beauty of the kelp forest and find out what kinds of animals live there.

Amazing Matter

Taught by Jill Wilcox

Oct. 10,17,24,31

10:30 – 11:30

12:00 – 1:00

How do you define life?

What is the difference between living and non-living objects?

What are the differences between solids, liquids and gases?

What causes some things to float while others sink?

Let’s find the answers through hands-on experiments

Magical Machines

Taught by Jill Wilcox

Nov. 7,14,28

Dec. 5

No class Nov. 21

Thanksgiving Break

We use machines every day. Usually we don’t even realize what all these machines are doing. We’ll explore the world of machines from levers to pulleys and gears. Through these fun experiments, the students will learn the basic physics behind simple machines. The kids will even design a machine to lift the teacher!

Enjoying Energy

 

Taught by Jill Wilcox

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30,

Come learn about energy! What is it? Learn how energy “works”, what the three types of energy are, how to transfer it, how to produce it, and how to calculate how much you produce. Filled with lots of cool, ENERGETIC experiments!

Animal Behavior

 

Taught by Jill Wilcox

Feb. 6, 13, 27

Mar. 6

No Class February 20

In this class your students will learn about the behavior differences among various types of animals. Just a few of the questions we will explore are:

What is the difference between an earthworm and a mealworm?

What does a snail eat?

What is an earthworm’s favorite spot, light or dark, moist or dry?

We’ll have all hands-on activities to learn about the behavior of these and other critters.

In Big World of Little Insects

 

Taught by Jill Wilcox

Mar. 13, 20

Apr. 10,17

No classes Mar. 27, Apr.3-Spring Break

This is the best time of the year to learn about these little six-legged wonders. We’ll learn about the life-cycle of bees, ants, lady bugs and crickets. We’ll find out why insects are the most abundant animals on our planet. This class is filled with lots of fun experiments and activities, some of which the kids get to take home!

Amazing World of Water

 

Taught by Jill Wilcox

April 24,

May 1, 8, 15

 

Water is one of the most abundant resources on earth. What is it made of and how does it function? You’ll be amazed at how much you do not know about this substance that constantly surrounds us. We’ll learn about why it is important to protect the water on our planet and we’ll even perform some water tests by designing and using our own water filters. Come join the fun!

Language Arts Tutoring

by Dorothy Mc Candliss

PHONICS and READING PRIVATE TUTORING
 COST$50 session  (session = 55 minutes) K- 4th grade 
WHEN:  To be arranged.    
LOCATIONS:  EIE, Altadena, Pasadena Libraries, Skype
CONTACT:  Dorothy McCandliss 
dorothymccandliss@sbcglobal.net