LANGUAGE ARTS 2020-21

Classic Literature Course

Taught by:

Tanya Robinson

Wednesdays

3:00-4:00 pm

Class starts Wednesday September 9, 2020

This class will be available online through Zoom if necessary

 

Why study classic literature? Classic literature is not to be relegated to the dusty bookshelves of old libraries. It is filled with excitement, philosophy, and beauty! Reading classic literature develops critical thinking skills, expands vocabulary, and helps a person see the grander scale of life. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

This class will cover various works of classic literature, examining their historical contexts, themes, and literary elements. Using our literature discussions as a foundation, students will work on improving their writing skills.

For grades 9-12, but middle schoolers with good reading skills are welcome.

 A sample of great literary works:

  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Poetry and Short Stories by various authors (Dickinson, Poe, Tennyson, etc.)

COST:

  • $275 per semester if using charter funds
  • $225 if private pay, sibling discount available

Duration

One year

Bio

Before becoming a parent, I received my B.A. and teaching credential in English and taught at a private high school. I taught all four grades, ranging from basic English classes to specialized literature courses. When I became a parent and started homeschooling, I was highly influenced by the book, For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, and have incorporated many of Charlotte Mason’s philosophies into our homeschool.  I have a daughter in college and two high school students.

CONTACT:

  • Tanya Robinson
  • (626) 201-2983
  • Robinson5Tanya@gmail.com

We Spark Learning

Ani Janbazian

 

LORD OF THE RINGS AND LITERARY  THINGS – NEW

Taught by

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Mondays

4:00 – 5:30

Classes start

September 14, 2020

ONLINE VIA ZOOM FOR SEMESTER 1

 

 

Target:  Grades 8-12
COST PER TRIMESTER:
$230 for private pay homeschool families.
$250 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.

COURSE DURATION:
One trimester to start (2 more trimesters may follow to complete the trilogy if there is interest)

Fellowship of the Ring Volume 1 & Movie 1
9 week trimester: September  14, 21, 28 October 5, 19, 26 November 2, 9, 16

(Nov 23 held as emergency make-up day if needed)

Materials Needed: Any printed version of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (Volume 1): The Fellowship of the Ring.  MUST HAVE ACCCESS TO A PRINTER AND GOOGLE CLASSROOM.


IF THERE IS INTEREST IN CONTINUING THE TRILOGY,
THE REMAINING SCHEDULE WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

The Two Towers Volume 2 & Movie 2
9 week trimester – $230/$250
November 30 December 7, 14 January 4, 11, 25 February 1, 8, 22
(March 1 held as emergency make-up day if needed)

Materials Needed: Any printed version of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (Volume 2): The Two Towers.  ACCESS TO A HOME PRINTER AND GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

 

The Return of the King Volume 3 & Movie 3
9 week trimester – $230/$250
March 8, 15, 22 April 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17
(May 24 held as emergency make-up day if needed)

Materials Needed: Any printed version of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (Volume 3): Return of the King

Students grades 8-12 are introduced to English literary analysis by exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s magical Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings classic books, and will compare them with the epic movies by Peter Jackson.

Explore the splendid and harrowing story of Frodo Baggins, a humble hobbit, on his quest to save Middle Earth from the dark forces of Sauron.  Brace yourselves as Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Goblins, Hobbits, WIzards and Men lay it all on the line in this epic tale of good versus evil.  Be inspired by the tale of friendship, humility, sacrifice, and hope in the face of the impossible.

Weekly classroom quests will have students searching for the use of illuminating vocabulary,  figurative language, and pondering the big questions about character, moral intent, symbolism and literary interpretation.  We will read chapters from the books, and match them with segments of the movies providing lively comparisons, analysis, debate, and discussion.

Opportunities for innovative challenges, activities, creative writing, and hands-on projects will round out this extraordinary classroom adventure.

NOTE TO PARENTS
The minimum grade recommendation for this class has been set partially due to The Lord of the Rings movie series being rated PG-13.  It depicts fantasy violence through gruesome battle scenes of good versus evil, and some scary imagery of Sauron’s evil army (orcs, goblins, etc..).  If you would like to read more about the content of this film series, we recommend searching CommonSenseMedia.org for their age-based reviews.  Parent permission slips for viewing will be required of all students taking this class.

REGISTRATION:  Beginning May 1, 2020, simply complete the form and payment on the Registration page of WeSparkLearning.com 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

WILD WEST CLASS TOWN JOURNAL WRITING *NEW*

Taught by

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

 

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

 ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES

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

ONLINE FOR FIRST SEMESTER

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

ONLINE FOR FIRST SEMESTER

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

 

ONLINE FOR FIRST SEMESTER

 

 

 

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 BASED CLASSES

Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Writing Lessons

Writing for Younger Students

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 deposit 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.

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 deposit 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 deposit 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.

CONTACTLilli Witczak (626)232-7932 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

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. 
Open enrollment during semester.

COST: 

  • $350 per semester for Charter students.
  • $300 for non charter school students.

    This class is offered online as well as in a classroom setting. 

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

CHSPE  Prep Class

Taught by:

Denis

Monday

11:00 – 12:00

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

COST:  

  • $250.00 per semester. 
  • $200.00 for non charter school students per semester.

Those who have slipped the bit, bridle and blinders of K12 education, and fled stable and paddock to taste the joys of free-range education still find themselves subject to the yoke of state educational mandates – at least until graduation.  Fortunately, California offers a shortcut to graduation that most homeschoolers can use to put secondary school obligations behind them.  Unfortunately, very few are familiar with the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Exam), whose certificate of successful completion states unequivocally that it is for all legal purposes the equivalent f a High School diploma.

John Taylor Gatto, award winning teacher and luminary of the homeschooling movement, stated that a motivated student could  acquire the requisite K12 skills in about 100 hours of study.  There is no need for 12 years of pointless daily confinement with its enforced compliance and conformity.  Study for the CHSPE and put it all behind you.

CONTACT: K. Titchenell

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