Language Arts

Our Language Arts department offers a wide variety of courses to meet the demands of a wide variety of needs.  Please take a few minutes to view the options that will be of interest to your family.  Our classes cover a wide variety of options taking into consideration age, academic level, creativity from elementary levels to college prep.

We Spark Learning Series

Creative Writing Journaling

Class Town by the Beach

Journal Writing

Taught by:  Ani Janbazian,

We Spark Learning

Introductory Video:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykMrPLTAzDM

Wednesday

9:00 – 10:00

 

 

 

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

TARGET:  Grades 1-5. Flexible for multiple learning styles, and easily adapted for special needs.
COST: $220 per 15-week semester. Charter Schools please add $25 administration/billing fee per semester,
per student (Approved vendor for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain – Excel Academy pending) All materials provided.
COURSE DURATION: One year (Semester 1 begins 9/14/16, Semester 2 begins 2/8/17)

This creative journal writing class is centered around the establishment of a beach front “town” where all the students are “neighbors”. The oceanside town will experience many fun waterfront events through the year including national and odd holidays, festivals, natural disasters, crazy mishaps, and some silly celebrations! As each town event effects the residents, it will serve as the journal prompt for the week.

*Swarms of hermit crabs invaded the town, and I…
*The highlight of the arts festival was when one daring performer…
*A seaplane crash-landed right behind me as I stood in the town square…

Town residents will start by deciding what to name their town and decorating their own home and property. Each student will choose a job that earns him/her a weekly paycheck. They can use their income to save and upgrade their home, or buy additions to the property from the marketplace (trampoline, gazebo, paddleboat, jet-ski, etc.).

Town residents will talk about and compare stories about the events of the week. A windy day event, for instance, could have some enjoying the best kite flying or parasailing, while others contend with shingles coming off their roof or having their sailboat drift away from their dock.

While the class will have some mini lessons on writing techniques, literary devices, figurative language, and poetry, please note it is not intended to teach the formal fundamentals of writing. The goal is to motivate kids to put pen to paper to write with enthusiasm and express their ideas. Journal expectations can be varied to adapt to different learning levels and abilities.  There is no weekly homework, as writing is done during class time. Some drawing, crafts, prize games, and other creative expressions will also be incorporated throughout the year to fit our “by the beach” theme.

TO REGISTER:
Download form at WeSparkLearning.com. Please send it in with payment to reserve your spot.  Charter School students must arrange for payment by requesting a P.O./Enrichment Certificate from their Education Specialist before classes begin. I am an approved vendor for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain Charters – Excel Academy pending.

QUESTIONS:   Call (626)482-8963 or email WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com

Build-A-Bizz

Pizza Edition

Taught by:  Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Video Clip on Class:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykMrPLTAzDM

Wednesdays

10:15 – 11:15

or

2:30 – 3:30

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
COST: $220 per 15-week semester. Charter Schools please add $25 administration/billing fee per semester per student
(Approved vendor for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain – Excel Academy pending.) All materials provided.
COURSE DURATION: One year (Semester 1 begins Sept. 14th/15th Semester 2 begins Feb. 8th/9th)

Classroom Entrepreneurs will enter the world of business fueled by their imagination, and learn about:

Writing a Simple Business Plan
Basic Economics
Money Matters
Math
Problem Solving
Marketing
Customer Service
Management
Nutrition
and Design.

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!  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.  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.

There is no weekly homework for this class. Instead, you will simply have a mid-semester 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 form at WeSparkLearning.com. Please send it in with payment to reserve your spot.  Charter School students must arrange for payment by requesting a P.O./Enrichment Certificate from their Education Specialist before classes begin. I am an approved vendor for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain Charters – with Excel Academy pending.
Questions? Call (626)482-8963 or email WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com

Where In The World Is Nina Pasadena?

Taught by:  Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Video Clip on Class:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykMrPLTAzDM

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
COST: $200 per 15-week semester. Charter Schools please add $25 administration/billing fee per semesterper student (Approved vendor for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain – Excel Academy pending) All materials provided.
COURSE DURATION: One year (Semester 1 begins 9/14/16, Semester 2 begins 2/8/17)

Join the Acme Detective Agency on the hunt for super spy criminal mastermind, Nina Pasadena. She and her gang of nasty 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 henchman escape to different parts of the globe, you will give chase by solving clues using travel guides,  brochures, maps, 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). Students will also take turns to role play as witness and lead detective. 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 adventure!

Students will learn: Geography, research skills, deduction/logic, oral/written presentation skills.

TO REGISTER:
Download form at WeSparkLearning.com. Please send it in with payment to reserve your spot.  Charter School students must arrange for payment by requesting a P.O./Enrichment Certificate from their Education Specialist before classes begin. I am an approved vendor for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain Charters — Excel Academy pending. Questions? Call (626)482-8963 or email WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com

IEW Classes

Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales

IEW Writing Level A

Taught by:  Lilli Witczak

Introductory Video:  CREATIVE WRITING

 Mondays

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Vendor with the following Charter Schools:

  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Sage Oaks
  • Excel Academy
  • Sky Mountain
  • Golden Valley

Recommended for elementary school students with NO previous IEW experience.  This year’s theme will cover seven of the nine IEW units. During these lessons, students will learn how to write while reading classic children’s tales.

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 registration is postmarked before August 1.

COURSE DURATION: 1 year.
TEXT BOOK REQUIRED: Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Writing Lessons by Maria Gerber.
ISBN: 978-1-62341-206-7.

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

Medieval History – Based Writing

IEW Level B

Taught by:  Lilli Witczak

Introductory Video: 
Liili Witczak talking about this class.

 Mondays

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Vendor with the following Charter Schools:

  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Sage Oaks
  • Excel Academy
  • Sky Mountain
  • Golden Valley

Recommended for junior high and high school students with previous IEW experience.  This year’s theme will cover
civilization in the Middle Ages while using IEW’s stylistic techniques and the nine structural units. During these lessons, students will learn about Charlemagne, the vikings, William the Conqueror, knighthood, geniuses of the Renaissance, and more!  The student book includes assignments, blank outlines, source texts, checklists, vocabulary cards 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 registration is postmarked before August 1.

COURSE DURATION: 1 year.
TEXT BOOK REQUIRED: The fourth edition of Medieval-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only] by Lori Verstegen.  ISBN: 978-1-62341-247-0.

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

Shakespeare – The Play’s The Thing

IEW Level C

Taught by:  Lilli Witczak

Class Information Video:

Shakespeare Class

Wednesdays 1

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Vendor with the following Charter Schools:

  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Sage Oaks
  • Excel Academy
  • Sky Mountain
  • Golden Valley

We will be undertaking a college preparatory course of study designed to introduce students to six of Shakespeare’
s plays, three tragedies and three comedies.  The goal of this class is to teach students to read with discernment, to
learn and utilize tools that will strengthen their writing skills, to memorize a bit of Shakespeare, and more.  Students
will be given the opportunity to attend the LA Opera’s dress rehearsal of MacBeth.  Additionally, students will benefit
from the classroom setting, because they will be able to discuss the plays and writing assignments.

Books Required – All from the SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare series :
•        King Lear
•        The Taming of the Shrew
•        MacBeth
•        Merchant of Venice
•        Much Ado About Nothing
•        Hamlet

Vendor with the following Charter Schools:

Gorman Learning Center
Sage Oaks
Excel Academy
Sky Mountain
Golden Valley

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 registration is postmarked before August 1.  Please note: cost of opera
is not included.

Course duration: 1 year.

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

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

Thursdays

4:15 – 6:00

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

Armchair Adventures

Literature Classes – Exploring the world through great authors!

Watch a short video of Brenda talking about this series of classes.
Armchair Adventures with Brenda

CONTACT:          Brenda Van Der Loo at vanderloofamily@yahoo.com.  Please email me to register for classes and to ask questions.
If you have further questions please call:  626-482-9793 (Cell)

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017 Course Information

Mail Checks to:          Brenda Van Der Loo
3213 Shadylawn Drive, Duarte, CA 91010

Classes start September 14th and 16th.  There are 14 classes per semester.  The first semester will run September
through January.  The second semester will go February through May.

For semester classes:  All classes are a year long, but fees are charged per semester. Class fees are due the first month of
each semester.

For monthly classes:  Fees are due the first day of the month.

Wednesday Classes start  September 14th
Friday Classes start September 16th

Cost:  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 attended. *Cash only please.

Class size:  12 -15 students.

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.

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” ~ Roald Dahl

“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”  ~ Edmund Burke

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more you learn,
the more places you’ll go!”  ~ Dr. Seuss

Schedule for the 2016-17 School Year:

First Semester:
Wednesday classes – Sept. 14th – Jan. 25th – 14 classes
September – 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 (4 classes)
October – 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 (4 classes)
November – 11/9, 11/16 – Thanksgiving Break – No classes 11/23 and 11/30 (2 classes)
December – No classes
January – 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 (4 classes)

Friday classes – Sept. 16th – Jan. 27th – 14 classes
September – 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7 (4 classes)
October – 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 (4 classes)
November – 11/11, 11/18 – Thanksgiving Break – No classes 11/25 and 12/2
December – No classes
January – 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 (4 classes)

Second Semester:
Wednesday classes – Feb. 1st – May 17th – 14 classes
Feb – 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 (4 classes)
March – 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 (4 classes)
April – 3/29, 4/5 – Spring Break – No classes 4/12 or 4/19 (2 classes)
May – 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 (4 classes)

Second Semester – Friday classes – Feb. 3rd – May 19th – 14 classes
Feb – 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24 (4 classes)
March – 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24 (4 classes)
April – 3/31, 4/7 – Spring Break – No classes 4/14 or 4/21 (2 classes)
May – 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19 (4 classes)

3 Great Clubs To Chose From:

Armchair Adventures Literature Class 7-9

Taught by Brenda Van Der Loo

 

Wednesdays

12:15  – 1:15

OR  

Fridays

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

BOOKS:  A List of Books is Available Upon Request.  Books can be purchased through Carolyn Forte at EiE.
CONTACT:  Brenda Van Der Loo 626-482-9793 (Cell)

Armchair Adventures 7-9 is a Literature Class for 7-9 year olds 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 andplay fun literary games like Literature Jeopardy.  The main objectives are to create a desire for your child to enjoy greatliterature, learn how to deepen their understanding of what they are reading, and get comfortable discussing their ideas andopinions in a group setting. They will be learning how to analyze literature in a supportive and fun environment.  We will bediscussing characters, plots, setting, themes, genre, point of view narration, and literary devices like simile, personification, etc.  The books will be approximately 100-150 pages long and appropriate for 2nd-4th graders.

Important note:  There will be NO book reports required for this class.

Armchair Adventures Literature Class 10-12

Taught by Brenda Van Der Loo

 

Wednesdays

1:45 – 2:45

 

 

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

Armchair Adventures 10-12 is a  Literature Class for 10-12 year olds 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 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, plots, setting, themes, genre, point of view narration, and literary devices like simile, personification, etc. The books will be approximately 150-300 pages long and appropriate for 5th-7th graders.

Important note:  There will be NO book reports required for this class.

*The ages for each group are only a suggestion.  You know your child and their interests and abilities.  The main difference between the two classes is the length of the books.  The 7-9 year olds will read books that are approximately 100-150pp.  The 10-12 year olds will read longer books that are approximately 150-300pp.  If you have any questions about which group is better for your child, I will be happy to send you the reading list for both groups.  Your child is welcome to try both classes to see which one is a better fit.

CONTACT:  Brenda Van Der Loo (626) 482-9793 or vanderloofamily@yahoo.com

Armchair Adventures Literature Class 12 – 15

Taught by Brenda Van Der Loo

 

Wednesdays

3:15 – 4:15

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

Armchair Adventures 12-15 is a Literature Class dedicated to reading and discussing literature.  We read 2 books a month spending two weeks on each book.  The teens 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 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, plots, setting, themes, genre, point of view narration, and literary devices like simile, personification, etc. The books will be appropriate for middle school and early high school students.  This class will be fun and a great way to meet other teens!

Important note:  There will be NO book reports required for this class.

CONTACT:  Brenda Van Der Loo (626) 482-9793 or vanderloofamily@yahoo.com