LANGUAGE ARTS 2018-19

TRAVEL THE WORLD with ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES

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 BASED 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

 

I Get To Read What?

Taught by Lilli Witczak

IEW Level C

Mondays 

12:45 – 2:00

Writers Level C

Recommended grade levels – 8th through 12th

Class begins September 10, 2018

American Lit? Brit Lit? Modern Lit? Ancient Lit? Maybe…..

We will be undertaking a college-preparatory course of study designed to introduce students to books found among the greatest works of literature in history. Which works are the greatest? – just ask Google, LOL. Students in this class will learn to read with discernment, develop tools to strengthen their writing skills and personal style, and more. Students will benefit from the classroom setting, because they will be able to discuss the books and writing assignments. Plus….they will have a couple of amazing themed parties that will be the envy of all!

We usually read nine works for Miss Lilli’s lit classes; however, for this class she has reduced the number to six. Six still seems ambitious given the length of a couple of the books.

Books Required:

  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Grossman translation
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, Hollanders’ translation
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jessie Coulson translation
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Fees: $200.00 per semester ($225 if a charter student) plus books.  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.

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

U.S. History Based Writing

Taught by Lilli Witczak

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

THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE PREP WRITING CLASS

Advanced Speech and Writing

Traditional and Online

College Prep English Class

Taught by: Denis

For an introductory video with the teacher and Marty please click on the link below:
MEET THE TEACHER EIE VIDEO

For a quick video by the instructor about his class please click on the link below:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drm-bTrC4eU

Monday’s

9:00 – 11:00

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

Online classroom is always open and lectures are available online.
Open enrollment during semester.

COST: $300 per semester. $250 for non charter school students.

This class is offered online as well as in a classroom setting.Current and ongoing class recordings of College Prep English are available on Youtube for auditors and for review. Visitors are invited to join our College Prep EnglishClass community on Google Plus.

This course covers advanced English communications for students of any age who can handle college preparatory material and is designed to prepare students for university studies and for SAT, ACT and TOEFL exams. Emphasis is placed upon innate language acquisition through immersion and emulation as well as an understanding of grammatical principles.

Writing and speaking skills and techniques are covered and works of the masters of spoken and written English arestudied. The list is flexible depending upon class enthusiasm but has in the past included Shakespeare, Swift, Dickens, Austen, J.S. Mill, Wilde, Shaw, Grahame, Wodehouse, Franklin, Jefferson, Paine, Lincoln, Twain, Fitzgerald, Churchill, King, Buckley, Baldwin and many other surpassingly brilliant but less well known writers and orators. (It is worth noting that one finds among these greats a disproportionately large percentage of homeschoolers.) All works are provided or linked to in the online classroom. College prep skills practiced will include note-taking, research and report writing, advanced vocabulary, language usage, comprehension and grammar. Students will write college admission essays, persuasive essays, SAT essays and reports and will prepare and deliver lectures and persuasive speeches. The class uses the one-room schoolhouse paradigm (See Advantages of the one-room schoolhouse approach to teaching). Please see our Writing Skills Playsheets for a taste of class content and style. Course includes personal instructor attention, traditional classroom/online video sessions, online text, extensive resources, graded compositions, moderated discussion forums and chatrooms.

Online text: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, College Prep English Practice by K. Titchenell.
Many text, audio, and video recording resources will be used and provided free of charge.

CONTACT: K. Titchenell (323) 432-7128
or email: eieclass@abacus-es.com