Social Studies

Revolutionary America

Taught by Dan Shippey

Wednesday

10:30 – 11:30

What made Americans throw off the rule of Great Britain? John Adams said the Revolution in America occurred before a shot was ever fired. This 1st semester class will give students and understanding of the decade before the War for Independence when the ideals that would become our Declaration and Constitution were formed. We will have a special focus on first person accounts and documents from contemporary sources. Each student will also be creating their own unique final project that is limited only by their creativity and effort. Past projects have included building of ship models, cooking period food, a student coming to class in character as Billy Flora and a demonstration of the rules for dueling. Students who complete the 1st semester are encouraged to join our 2nd semester that begins after Lexington and Concord.

COST:  $125.00 per semester

The course is recommended for 7th -12th grade but younger students will be considered on a case by case basis if you contact the teacher in advance.

CONTACT:  Dan Shippey

PHONE:  714-421-8448

EMAIL:  dan@breedshill.org

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

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

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

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

U.S. Government

Taught by:

Karin Detweiler

Monday

4:30 – 5:30

When: Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30PM

Start: Monday, September 11, 2017

Off/ No Class: 11/09 (Columbus Day) & 11/20 (Thanksgiving)

Duration: Fall 2017 Semester

Cost: $240 ($250 for charter students) + $15 materials fee (supplemental reading packet)

Textbooks:  Holt-McDougal United States Government (2012)

ISBN 978-0-547-45138-1

(Several used copies of both are available from Amazon.)

(Pictures of the textbook cover can be found on my website.)

Supplemental Reading packet

 

Suggested:  APA: The Easy Way! (2nd ed.) (2009)

Peggy & Timothy Houghton, authors

ISBN: 0-923568-962

 

This course is geared mainly for 11th and 12th grade high school students.  We will be learning about the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, citizenship, elections, legislature, Supreme Court, etc. There will be readings and assignments each week.  Assignments will encompass a variety of methods: papers, PowerPoint presentations, brochure creation, analyses, oral presentations, etc.  Students will better understand how the U.S. government was created, how it evolved, and how it affects our daily lives now. This course can be applied to CS/UC admission requirements for social science.

Instructor: Karin Detweiler

Email: karin.detweiler@sbcglobal.net

Phone: 626/389-8411

URL: http://www.mrsd.rocks/

Vendor with: Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel

Economics

Taught by:

Karin Detweiler

Monday

4:30 – 5:30

When: Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30PM

Start: Monday, January 08, 2018

Off/ No Class: 01/15 (MLK Jr. Day), 02/19 (President’s Day), 03/19 (tentative), 04/02 (Easter)

Duration: Spring 2018 Semester

Cost: $240 ($250 for charter students)

Textbook:    HOLT Economics: Concepts and Choices (2009)

ISBN-10: 0547082940

ISBN-13: 978-0547082943

(Several used copies are available from Amazon.)

(Pictures of the textbook cover can be found on my website.)

 

Suggested:  APA: The Easy Way! (2nd ed.) (2009)

Peggy & Timothy Houghton, authors

ISBN: 0-923568-962

 

This course is geared mainly for 11th and 12th grade high school students.  We will be learning about economic theory, economic systems, market structures, free enterprise, micro/macro economics, international trade, etc. There will be readings and assignments each week.  Assignments will encompass a variety of methods: papers, PowerPoint presentations, brochure creation, analyses, oral presentations, etc.  This course can be applied to CS/UC admission requirements for social science.

Instructor: Karin Detweiler

Email: karin.detweiler@sbcglobal.net

Phone: 626/389-8411

URL: http://www.mrsd.rocks/

Vendor with: Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel

Psychology

Taught by

Karin Detweiler

Monday

3:30 – 4:30

When: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 PM (some days we may run late)

Start: Monday, September 11, 2017

Off/ No Class: 11/09 (Columbus Day) & 11/20 (Thanksgiving)

Duration: Fall 2017 Semester

Cost: $240 ($250 for charter students)

Textbook:    Holt-McDougal Psychology (2010) – Author, Spencer A. Rathus

ISBN 13:978-0-55-400401-3 or 10: 0-55-400401-1

(Several used copies are available from Amazon.)

(Pictures of the textbook cover can be found on my website.)

 

  • Suggested:  APA: The Easy Way! (2nd ed.) (2009)
  •                      Peggy & Timothy Houghton, authors
  •                      ISBN: 0-923568-962

This course is geared mainly for 11th and 12th grade high school students.  We will be learning about basic psychology theory, psychological methods, how we learn, memory, intelligence, life span development, personality, etc. There will be readings and assignments each week.  Assignments will encompass a variety of methods: papers, PowerPoint presentations, brochure creation, analyses, oral presentations, etc.  The study of psychology is constantly evolving.  It is exciting to learn about how the human mind works!  This course can often be used towards high school elective requirements.

Instructor: Karin Detweiler

Email: karin.detweiler@sbcglobal.net

Phone: 626/389-8411

URL: http://www.mrsd.rocks/

Vendor with: Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel

 

 

Sociology

Taught by:

Karin Detweiler

Monday

3:30 – 4:30

When: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 PM (some days we may run late)

Start: Monday, January 08, 2018

Off/ No Class: 01/15 (MLK Jr. Day), 02/19 (President’s Day), 03/19 (tentative), 04/02 (Easter)

Duration: Spring 2018 Semester

Cost: $240 ($250 for charter students)

Textbook:    HOLT Sociology (2008)

ISBN-13: 978-0-03-093561-9

(Several used copies are available from Amazon.)

(Pictures of the textbook cover can be found on my website.)

Suggested:  APA: The Easy Way! (2nd ed.) (2009)

Peggy & Timothy Houghton, authors

ISBN: 0-923568-962

 

How does society work?  How does it affect our daily lives? How do we impact others?  These, and other questions, are explored.  This course is geared mainly for 11th and 12th grade high school students.  We will be learning about cultural diversity, social structures, life span development in society, relationships, changing social world, etc. There will be readings and assignments each week.  Assignments will encompass a variety of methods: papers, PowerPoint presentations, brochure creation, analyses, oral presentations, etc.  This course can often be used towards high school elective requirements.

Instructor: Karin Detweiler

Email: karin.detweiler@sbcglobal.net

Phone: 626/389-8411

URL: http://www.mrsd.rocks/

Vendor with: Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel

Government,

Liberty and Economics

Taught by Daniel Moss

Video introduction:  Daniel Moss

 

Friday

9:00 – 10:30

WHY THIS CLASS?
One of the unique aspects of this class is how both economics and political philosophy are woven together. More specifically, by allowing these subjects to blend together naturally at key points for the duration of the school year the student will have a much deeper grasp of how these subjects compliment each other.
This class is primarily discussion based. Meaning, your student will be provided with a safe environment in which to ask questions and share thoughts.
ECONOMICS
In this non-mainstream economics class you can leave math for math class (or those other econ classes)!
We don’t study math in economics, we study humans. And since humans are interesting, economics is interesting. Why do people make certain choices? Economics. How does a nation grow prosperous? Economics. What will result from certain legislation? You guessed it. Economics.
“Economics is not about goods and services; it is about human choice and action.” – Mises
POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Rarely do any of us think it’s a good idea to leave questions of faith, career, or love to chance or “gut feeling”. Why should someone employ such a strategy to questions of prosperity and justice? In this class we’ll discuss the main ways in which people (intentionally or unintentionally) attempt to define and apply justice in society and create prosperity.
US GOVERNMENT
I take a very so-called “Jeffersonian” – original intent – approach to the constitution. Although not an exhaustive study of the constitution, students in this class will learn the fundamental principles that went into the founding of this nation, things like: natural law, fear of tyranny, checks and balances, limited government, as well as the basic structure and roles that the federal government has enumerated itself in the constitution.
ADDITIONAL STUFF
How much work?
There will be a decent amount of reading required from the student. We will be doing some reading from the Economics textbook on a weekly basis (an average of about 15 – 20 pages), some from one of the other three books (usually 15 – 20 pages total per week), and there will be articles or videos I’ll be having the students read/watch on most weeks that will either have opposing views on a certain topic or real-world examples of what we’re learning in class.
Do I test and grade the students?
Testing is not a significant part of what we do in this class, but I do occasionally test the students as one of the ways I attempt to assess what’s working and what’s not.
I don’t issue grades but I’m certainly willing to assist as much as possible in any assessments your charter requires.
Age requirements
This is a very logic-based class and so I think a good rule of thumb is for students to be at least 11th grade. But since I’ve had 8th graders who have done really well – I’ll trust your judgement as to whether or not the student is ready.
Required websites
I want your student to setup an account with both of the following (free) websites…
  • Diigo
  • EDpuzzle
    Books
Fee: $150/semester
Book Rental: email me if this is something you’re interested in.
Contact: Daniel Moss (818) 381-5209

School House of the Grove

 

19th Century History & lifestyle

Taught by:

C. Barnes

Friday

10:00 – 12:00

This is an “off campus” class!

First Meeting:

September 8th 2017

Be ready to step back in time for this unique Hands-On learning experience. This history class will touch on multi topic aspects of the 19th century starting with a time line review and ending with a community Founders Day Celebration. Students will have the opportunity to get ‘up-close and personal’ with nature through the reenactment of life in the in the 1800’s. This class will be held off campus at the Heritage Foundation in La Verne, an authentic historical site which offers the depiction of a 19th century commercial orange grove which at that time was the beginning industry for all of California. Students will learn a variety of knowledge and skills using self-discipline, team work and good old fashion fun. Join the journey and we’ll see you at the farm.

Place of gathering:        5001 Via De Mansion

La Verne, CA 91750

Under the old oak tree in Heritage Park to the front of the farm house.

Suggested Age:              10 – 14 years old (Grades 4 – 8).

Cost of Journey:             $220.00 Per Semester

NOTE:                              This class is designed to be for the entire school year and taught in a one room school house environment.                                                Price reflects an all inclusive package of field trips, classroom time and supplies.

For more information, check out our website at http://cindrabarnes.wixsite.com/schoohouseofthegrove