SPECIAL INTEREST

We Spark Learning

by:  Ani Janbazian

CLASS TOWN SHIPWRECK ISLAND 

JOURNAL WRITING

Taught by Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays 

8:30am – 9:30am

TARGET: Grades 1-5.
COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15 week semesters – classes begin Sept 12, 2018)
COST PER SEMESTER  (ALL materials provided):
$250 for homeschool families paying out-of-pocket
$275 for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy Charter students. Please contact WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com in advance for the option to use HOMESCHOOL COACHES for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Compass Charter students.

Shipwrecked on a remote island, 1st-5th graders explore their exotic surroundings, scavenge for supplies, tame the wilderness, form a rescue plan, and band together for survival through perilous adventures — all the while journaling their epic story.

Your weekly explorations will serve as the journal prompt or inspiration for your creative writing assignments.
“The eerie howling sound seemed to be coming from…”
“After tirelessly digging in the sand, it was a miracle that I found a…”
“Seeing that spectacular splash, I started to believe the mythical stories about…”

Each student will be assigned special skills to contribute to the group’s success, and keep an inventory of valuable items they have salvaged or scrounged for in the search for more island resources.

Some drawing, crafts, prize games, and other creative expressions will also be incorporated throughout the year to fit our Island theme. Mini lessons on writing techniques, literary devices, and poetry will be explored, while maintaining the goal of this class: to motivate students to put pen to paper with enthusiasm!  Journal writing is done during class time, and writing expectations can be varied to adapt to different learning levels and abilities.

Tuition includes all materials necessary for class, including a folder/binder, writing implements, school supplies, craft projects, art materials, incentive prizes and goodies for classroom rewards or celebrations.

How will you survive this harrowing story? Will your party ever be rescued? Join the adventure!

TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2017, simply download and complete the registration form that will be available on WeSparkLearning.com.  Send it in with payment to reserve your spot. In addition to sending us your registration form, Charter School students must arrange for payment by P.O./Enrichment Certificate request, to be issued before classes begin.

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

SECRET SOLVERS SOCIETY

In Sherlock’s Study

Taught by Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

9:45 – 10:45

OR 3:30 – 4:30

TARGET: Grades 2-6

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15 week semesters – classes begin Sept 12, 2018)

COST PER SEMESTER (ALL materials provided):

$250 for homeschool families paying out-of-pocket

$275 for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy Charter students. Please contact WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com in advance for the option to use HOMESCHOOL COACHES for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Compass Charter students.

 

TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2017, simply download and complete the registration form that will be available on WeSparkLearning.com. Send it in with payment to reserve your spot. In addition to sending us your registration form, Charter School students must arrange for payment by P.O./Enrichment Certificate request, to be issued before classes begin.

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

KID’S VID’S N’

REVOLUTION 

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

11:00am – 12:15pm (1 hr. 15 min)

TARGET: Grades 2-6

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15 week semesters – classes begin Sept 12, 2018)

COST PER SEMESTER (ALL materials provided):

$250 for homeschool families paying out-of-pocket

$275 for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy Charter students. Please contact WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com in advance for the option to use HOMESCHOOL COACHES for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Compass Charter students.

Journey through the life and times of the American Revolution through the on-screen adventures of LIBERTY’S KIDS, James and Sarah –two of Benjamin Franklin’s young reporters.  Featuring the award-winning educational cartoon series, we use episode-inspired explorations and creations to immerse students in learning about our nation’s journey to freedom.

Inspired by the 22-minute episodes, classes will include:

video comprehension guides

weekly hands-on creative activities

timeline of events

introduction to important people, ideas, icons, and inventions

Who are Liberty’s Kids?

James, a street-smart 14 year-old, takes the perspective of a Colonist. Sarah, a spirited 15 year-old offers the British point of view. As rookie reporters for Benjamin Franklin’s Print Shop, they compete for front page stories about events taking place in America prior to and during The Revolution. Their investigations land them, and their ambitious young friend, Henri, in many dangerous and thrilling situations.

Please note, this class is 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, to accommodate the viewing of a 22 minute episode of Liberty’s Kids, each week.  Tuition includes all materials necessary for class, including a folder/binder, writing implements, school supplies, craft projects, art materials, incentive prizes and goodies for classroom rewards or celebrations.

TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2018, simply download and complete the registration form that will be available on WeSparkLearning.com. Send it in with payment to reserve your spot. In addition to sending us your registration form, Charter School students must arrange for payment by P.O./Enrichment Certificate request, to be issued before classes begin.

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

WHERE IN THE WORLD

IS NINA PASADENA?

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

12:45 – 1:45 PM

OR 4:45 – 5:45 PM

TARGET: Grades 2-6

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15 week semesters – classes begin Sept 12, 2018)

COST PER SEMESTER (ALL materials provided):

$225 for homeschool families paying out-of-pocket

$250 for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy Charter students. Please contact WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com in advance for the option to use HOMESCHOOL COACHES for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Compass Charter students.

Join the Acme Detective Agency on the hunt for super spy criminal mastermind, Nina Pasadena.  She and her 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 gang escape to different parts of the globe, you will give chase by solving clues using travel guides, atlases, 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).  You will also take turns to role play as witness and lead detective, as you learn about geography from around the world.

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 intrigue!

Tuition includes all materials necessary for class, including a folder/binder, writing implements, books, school supplies, incentive prizes and goodies for classroom rewards or celebrations.

PLEASE NOTE: If you took the USA version of this class last year, this class uses the same theme, but features new criminals, and is structured differently so that the cases unfold in a fresh new way for our world-wide adventures!

TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2018, simply download and complete the registration form that will be available on WeSparkLearning.com. Send it in with payment to reserve your spot. In addition to sending us your registration form, Charter School students must arrange for payment by P.O./Enrichment Certificate request, to be issued before classes begin.

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

BUILD-A-BIZ:

Pizza Edition

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

2:00 – 3:00 PM

TARGET: Grades 3-7

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15 week semesters beginning Sept 12, 2018)

COST PER SEMESTER (ALL materials provided):

$250 for homeschool families paying out-of-pocket

$275 for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy Charter students. Please contact WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com in advance for the option to use HOMESCHOOL COACHES for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, Valiant Prep and Compass Charter students.

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 throughout the year.

In Semester #2, you will have one 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!

Tuition includes all materials necessary for class, including a folder/binder, writing implements, school supplies, design materials, incentive prizes and goodies for classroom rewards or celebrations.

TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2018, simply download and complete the registration form that will be available on WeSparkLearning.com. Send it in with payment to reserve your spot. In addition to sending us your registration form, Charter School students must arrange for payment by P.O./Enrichment Certificate request, to be issued before classes begin.

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

Click below to watch a Build-A-Biz student commercial:

Inspired by this class, one Build-A-Biz graduate has started her own business selling beautiful handmade paper gifts.  Check out Chillin’ Quillin’s wonderful website!

Robotics

Taught by Barnabas

CONTACT:  

Edward Li  
(626) 578-5390
info@barnabasrobotics.com
www.barnabasrobotics.com

WHY STEM?

As parents and educators, why should we care about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.)?   Science explores the physical world around us.  Math explores the world through numbers and equations.  Engineering uses math and science to solve real-world problems.  Technology is the use of engineering to generate a good or service for the purpose of serving others.  By combining S.T.E.M. education with the proper worldview, we are preparing our youth to develop products and services that can change the world.

Barnabas Tinker Series

(Elementary School)

1st Semester

  • DATES: Tuesdays – 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/27, 12/4 (No Class: 11/20)

  • TIME: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

AGES: 5-8

TUITION:  $275 (12-weeks, materials included).  $300 for charter students. (California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

PREREQUISITES: None

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/about-us/our-team

SIGN UP: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

The Barnabas Tinker Series takes young inventors on a series of 60-minute robotics adventures over the course of 8 weeks.  In each session, students will learn key engineering principles as they build little robots of their own. This class mixes robotics, electronics, mechanical design/assembly with arts and craft components and teaches young students how to be inventors.

Sample Tinker Series projects include:  Critter-Bot, FAN-tastic Robot, Scribble-Bot, Arcade-Bot, S.S. Tugboat, Robot Operation, Aquarium-Bot, Miniature Mini Golf Robot, Robot Operation, Rolling Racer, & more!

Introduction To Robotics

(Elementary School)

1st Semester

  • DATES: Mondays – 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10. 12/17 (No Class: 10/8, 11/12, 11/26)

  • TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

AGES: 8-11
TUITION:  $300  (12-weeks, materials included).  $325 for charter students. (California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

PREREQUISITES: None

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/about-us/our-team

SIGN UP: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

This Introduction to Robotics class provides an opportunity for young students to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in a fun and engaging manner.  Students will be introduced to circuit building, micro-controller programming, and 3D-printing as they build a fully-functioning robot of their own. Every robot will be different, as your child designs his/her own robot’s appearance and behavior.  Best of all, everyone gets to keep their completed robot at the end of the class. Our class concludes with a robot showcase where parents are invited to see their kids present their completed projects. Students will also practice writing and communication skills through daily journaling and interactive group activities throughout the course.  Class sizes are limited to 8 total students to ensure individualized, hands-on instruction.

Introduction To Robotics

(Junior High and High School)

1st Semester

  • DATES: Fridays – 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7 (No Class: 11/23)

  • TIME:  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

AGES: 12+
TUITION:  $300 (12-weeks, materials included).  $325 for charter students. (California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

PREREQUISITES: None

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/about-us/our-team

SIGN UP: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

This Introduction to Robotics class provides an opportunity for young students to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in a fun and engaging manner.  Students will be introduced to circuit building, micro-controller programming, and 3D-printing as they build a fully-functioning robot of their own. Every robot will be different, as your child designs his/her own robot’s appearance and behavior.  Best of all, everyone gets to keep their completed robot at the end of the class. Our class concludes with a robot showcase where parents are invited to see their kids present their completed projects. Students will also practice writing and communication skills through daily journaling and interactive group activities throughout the course.  Class sizes are limited to 8 total students to ensure individualized, hands-on instruction.

Intermediate Robotics

(Junior High and High School)

1st Semester

  • DATES: Fridays – 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7 (No Class: 11/23)

  • TIME: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

AGES: 12+ (or Completion of “Introduction To Robotics”)

TUITION:  $300 (12-weeks, materials included).  $325 for charter student (California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

PREREQUISITES: Completion of “Introduction To Robotics”

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/about-us/our-team

SIGN UP: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

This course is a continuation of the Level 1 – Introduction to Robotics course.  Students will be introduced to the world of sensors and continuous servo motors.  These new tools will allow them to create a robot that moves and thinks on its own. As with all of our classes, students will be able to take their robot home at the end of the course.  Class sizes are limited to 8 total students to ensure individualized, hands-on instruction.  (Students ages 12+ may sign up for this course without having first taken Level 1).  

Introduction to Raspberry Pi + Python Programming

(Junior High and High School)

  • DATES: Fridays – 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7 (No Class: 11/23)

  • TIME:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

AGES: 12+ (or Completion of “Intermediate Robotics”)

TUITION:  $315 (12-weeks, materials included).  $340 for charter student (California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

PREREQUISITES: Completion of “Intermediate Robotics”

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/about-us/our-team

SIGN UP: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

In this class, students will begin to explore text-based programming (Python) and continue to dive into the world of sensors.  As with all of our classes, students will be able to take their robot home at the end of the course.  Class sizes are limited to 8 total students to ensure individualized, hands-on instruction.  Students should be comfortable typing on a standard computer keyboard prior to enrolling, as this class involves text-based coding.  (Students ages 13+ may sign up for this course without having first taken Level 2).  

OFFERED SECOND SEMESTER ONLY

Python Programming Plus

(Young Inventor Series)

 

AGES: 12+ (or Completion of “Introduction to Raspberry Pi + Python Programming”)

TUITION:  $300 (12-weeks, materials included).  $325 for charter student (California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

PREREQUISITES: Completion of “Introduction to Raspberry Pi + Python Programming”

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/about-us/our-team

SIGN UP: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

Barnabas Robotics’ “Python Programming Plus” course focuses on going deeper into the world of Raspberry PI and Python text programming.  We will be experimenting with IoT (Internet of Things) to connect every day devices to the internet. Class sizes are limited to 8 total students to ensure individualized, hands-on instruction. Students will be able to take their inventions home at the end of the course.

Diving Into Hardware

(Young Inventor Series)

 

AGES: 12+ (or Completion of “Introduction To Robotics”)
TUITION:  $275 (12-weeks, materials included).  $300 for charter students. (California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

PREREQUISITES: Completion of “Introduction To Robotics”

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/about-us/our-team

SIGN UP: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

Barnabas Robotics’ “Diving Into Hardware” course focuses on how everyday electronics work.  In this class, young inventors will take a deeper dive into hardware engineering by experimenting with buttons, displays, switches, and more!  They will also learn software programming on the Arduino coding platform to bring their electronic creations to life. Class sizes are limited to 8 total students to ensure individualized, hands-on instruction. Students will be able to take their inventions home at the end of the course.

Build A Walking Robot

(Young Inventor Series)

 

AGES: 12+ (or Completion of “Intermediate Robotics”)
TUITION:  $300 (12-weeks, materials included).  $325 for charter students. (California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

PREREQUISITES: Completion of “Intermediate Robotics”

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/about-us/our-team

SIGN UP: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

This class builds upon the concepts learned in the Barnabas-Bot and Barnabas Racer classes.  Students will assemble a robot, play with sensors, buttons, and program it to walk! We will be using the Otto-bot platform.  Students will also practice writing and communication skills through daily journaling and interactive group activities throughout the course.  As with all of our classes, students will be able to take their robot home at the end of the course.

CHESS

Chess

Taught by:

Jeff Schwartz

Monday

12:00 – 1:00

 

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

First session starts September 10

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

SCALE MODEL MAKING 

Scale Model Making

Taught by:

Robert Stuard

Video Introduction:

Video overview of Scale Model Making Class

Fridays

9:00 – 12:00

CLASSES START SEPTEMBER 14

COST:  $70.00 per month plus one time $50.00 material fee.

OK, we know that your are thinking that this is a class for making model cars, planes or boats from plastic kits.  Well, guess what, you are wrong!  This is a real modeling class that will teach the student how to create (conceptualize) from basic building blocks to fantastic creations of three dimensional items, much like an architect would build to present his ideas to a client.  Through the use of basic mathematics, a ruler, matt board, scale woods, plastics glue and other building materials you will create model buildings or other objects using the blue prints and woriking in 1/4″ scale.  The student will learn how t take a vision (concept) and convert it to a fantastic three dimensional object.  This will be a great class!!  Parents are encouraged to attend at not additional cost to observe and participate in the class.

Class Start Date:  September 7, 2018

Age:  Students must be 10 years old or older.

New students can enroll throughout the year.  First class session in September is a student – parent orientation.  This is a very important meeting that the parents should attend.

CONTACT:  Marty or Carolyn @ EIE (626) 821-0025