We Spark Learning

by:  Ani Janbazian

CLASS TOWN 

JOURNAL WRITING

Taught by

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays 

 

9:00 – 10:00

 

 

 

Classes start

September 18, 2019

 

 

 

TARGET: Grades 1-5.

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 14 week semesters – classes begin Sept 18, 2019)

COST PER SEMESTER  (ALL materials provided):

$250 for private pay homeschool families.

$275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson,  Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Valiant Prep 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 Town they help create, where they will experience many events through the year including festivals, natural disasters, community events, unbelievable mishaps and some silly celebrations!  As each town event effects the residents, it will serve as the journal prompt for a creative writing assignment for the week.

 

“For Adopt-a-pet day I chose a…”

“When I ran the charity marathon, I couldn’t believe it when…”

“A meteor crashed into the town square today, and I was so…”

 

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 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 (trampoline, gazebo, bird bath, backyard mini golf, and much more!).  Town residents will talk about and compare stories about the 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, 2019 visit the registration page at WeSparkLearning.com.  Open Enrollment continues until classes are full.

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

 

KID’S VID’S AND

LEGACIES

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

Wednesdays

10:15 – 11:15

 

Classes Start

September 18, 2019

TARGET: Grades 2-6

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 14 week semesters – classes begin Sept 18, 2019)

COST PER SEMESTER (ALL materials provided):

$250 for private pay homeschool families.

$275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson,  Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Valiant Prep 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.

 What made Mozart a musical prodigy?

How did Marie Curie’s development of X-ray’s change medicine forever?

Why is Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa one of the most famous painting of all time?

How many lives did Harriet Tubman’s protect through the Underground Railroad?

How did the Wright Brothers’ success impact transportation and global travel?

 Journey through the life and legacies of some of histories most notable people, with video episode-inspired, discussion and hands-on explorations.  Meet the scientists and inventors who changed how we live through their innovation, technology and contributions to medicine.  Wonder at the creative genius of some of the worlds most talented musicians, artists and writers. Learn about formidable leaders and patriots that fought for their people, their freedom or a new way of thinking.  Follow the adventures of explorers who charted the earth, and made history with their discoveries.

 Inspired by video cartoon biography series’ World Ahoy , Now You Know About , and Sung History and more,  classes will include:

  • video comprehension guides
  • weekly hands-on creative activities
  • biography timeline

 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.

 REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2019 visit the registration page at WeSparkLearning.com.  Open Enrollment continues until classes are full.

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 – 2:00

Classes Start

September 18, 2019

 

 

TARGET: Grades 2-6

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 14 week semesters – classes begin Sept 18, 2019)

COST PER SEMESTER  (ALL materials provided):

$250 for private pay homeschool families.

$275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson,  Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Valiant Prep 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.

 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: If you took the World 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 national adventures!

 REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2019 visit the registration page at WeSparkLearning.com.  Open Enrollment continues until classes are full.

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

BUILD-A-BIZ:

Pizza Edition

TAUGHT BY:

Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning

 

Wednesdays

2:15 – 3:15

Classes Start

September 11,l 2019

TARGET: Grades 3-7

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 14 week semesters beginning Sept 18, 2019)

COST PER SEMESTER  (ALL materials provided):

$250 for private pay homeschool families.

$275 for iLead, Epic, Aveson,  Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Valiant Prep 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.

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.

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2019 visit the registration page at WeSparkLearning.com.  Open Enrollment continues until classes are full.

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

 

Inspired by this class, we are excited to share how a Build-A-Biz graduate has started her own business selling beautiful handmade paper gifts – check out www.ChillinQuillin.weebly.com

 

Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc5mmNBkEwY to watch a student’s extra credit pizza 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.

Robotics for Teens

(Barnabas Racer)

Thursday

10:00 AM – 10:55 AM

SPRING DATES:

DESCRIPTION:  In this class, 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. Students will be able to take their robot home at the end of the course.  We offer small class sizes to ensure individualized, hands-on instruction.

 

FALL DATES: Thursdays

TIME: 10:00 AM – 10:55 AM

AGES: 12+

PREREQUISITES:  None

TUITION:   $290 (or $265 for out-of-pocket payment)  – 12 weeks, materials included.

(Accepted Charters:  Aveson Charter School, California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Epic Charter School, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, National University Academy, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com

TO ENROLL: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

Robotics for Teens

(Walking Robot)

SPRING DATES 

Thursdays 

11:00 AM – 11:55 AM

SPRING DATES:

DESCRIPTION:  Join the Otto-Bot community by building a bipedal robot that can actually walk!  Students will be introduced to the mechanical challenges of designing a robot that walks while getting exposed to the world of text-based coding.

FALL DATES: Thursdays

TIME: 11:00 AM – 11:55 AM

AGES: 12+

PREREQUISITES:  None

TUITION:   $290 (or $265 for out-of-pocket payment)  – 12 weeks, materials included.

(Accepted Charters:  Aveson Charter School, California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Epic Charter School, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, National University Academy, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com

TO ENROLL: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

Introduction To Coding (Python)

SPRING DATES 

Thursday

1:00 – 1:55

DESCRIPTION:  Our Introduction to Python Programming class introduces students to  the Python programming language. In this class, students will learn programming design skills to incorporate into a simple game. The key coding concepts covered in this class include variables, loops, conditionals, and interrupts. Students should be comfortable typing on a standard computer keyboard prior to enrolling, as this class involves text-based coding.

FALL DATES: Thursdays

TIME: 1:00 PM – 1:55 PM

AGES: 12+

PREREQUISITES:  None

TUITION:   $290 (or $265 for out-of-pocket payment)  – 12 weeks, materials included.

(Accepted Charters:  Aveson Charter School, California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Epic Charter School, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, National University Academy, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com

TO ENROLL: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

 

Introduction To Physics Through Robotics

SPRING DATES 

Thursday

2:00 – 2:55

DESCRIPTION:  Learn how math and science explain how the world works around us.  This introduction to physics class consists of a series of experiments that will require mechanical design, coding as well as electrical design.  This introductory course will focus on Energy and Forces. This course is aligned with High School Next Generation Science Standards (Engineering Design, Energy, Forces)

FALL DATES: Thursdays

TIME: 2:00 PM – 2:55 PM

AGES: 12+

PREREQUISITES:  None

TUITION:   $290 (or $265 for out-of-pocket payment)  – 12 weeks, materials included.

(Accepted Charters:  Aveson Charter School, California Enrichment Academy, Compass Charter Schools, Epic Charter School, Excel Academy, Golden Valley, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, National University Academy, Sky Mountain, Summit Academy, Valiant Academy)

ABOUT US: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com

TO ENROLL: https://www.barnabasrobotics.com/enroll

CONTACT:  

Victoria Lin

626.344.9230

info@barnabasrobotics.com

THEATER ARTS

Creative Kids Acting

Taught by:

Casting Director and Set Coach

Chris Gillmore and Leo Gilmore

Watch the interview with Chris about her class.

Monday’s

GROUP 1:

Meet on the First and Second Monday of the month.

Young Class

12:00 – 2:00

Beginning Class

3:00 – 5:00

 GROUP 2:

Meet on the Third and Fourth Monday of the month.

Intermediate Class

12:00 – 2:00

Advanced Class

3:00 – 5:00

NEW SIGN UPS SHOULD MEET AT 11:45.

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

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

COST: 

  • $125 per month private funds
  • $150 with charter funds made out to Home School Coaches 

So…Whatever you’re thinking an acting class for kids and teens is, you will be happily surprised!  This acting class, taught by professional casting director and set coach of over 15,000 kids and teens, Chris Gilmore.  It is much more than just a class where students learn how to act professionally on camera for movies, television and commercials.

The added benefits of this incredible series of classes are:  It builds the student’s self esteem and self image.  It teaches discipline and focus as well as teaching students to use their creativity and imagination.  It empowers the students to be able to speak in front of a group with great confidence and improves memorization, improvisation and even helps develop a sense of humor.

From start to finish all students will learn the art of comedy, drama, two-party scene study, cold-reading, monologue technique, comedy improvisation as applied to on-camera film and television performances as well as commercial techniques.  Every month is a different acting theme.  This course is the Real Thing, and if acting professionally is the goal, students will receive all the skills necessary to pursue a professional acting career while having fun learning them.

YOUNG ACTORS CLASS

  • This class is designed for the younger 5 – 9 year old children.
  • Primary goal is to discover the child’s talent and introduce the concepts of creatity and imagination.
  • Introduce child to cold reading skills and improve vocabulary to build communication skills.
  • Improvisation to develope their on the spot problem solving and communication confidence.
  • Teach discipline and focus.
  • Works on a goal and reward system allowing the child to experience an instant gratification experience.
  • Ideal class to work on communication skills including eye contact and body language.

 

BEGINNING ACTING CLASS

This class is highly suggested for kids 9 years old through 18.

  • Assorted acting skills including comedy improv, method acting, on camera scene study, and much more.
  • A  class which encourages the student to ask questions and learn the techniques of acting from the beginning steps on.
  • A strong focus on building the student’s confidence in themselves and in letting go the fear of performing in front of others
  • In this class, the teacher also evaluates the student’s learning style, confidence level, emotional needs, and develops a teaching plan for each individual student
  • Great class for a trained actor who has developed bad acting habits and needs to relearn the skills from a new perspective. (such as a theatre-trained actor who needs to learn how to tone-down “theatre acting” and approach acting from a more organic and internal level.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ACTING CLASS

This class is highly suggested for teens

  • A faster paced class where students are challenged to utilize their acting skills to the max, as they learn new and more advanced skills
  • Many acting challenges are given which builds even more confidence
  • Great class for trained actors who are looking to continue growing in the art of on camera acting and seriously considering a professional acting career.

THE ADDED BONUS:  At the end of every month, all parents will receive an on-line video of the students’ performances in class so you can watch their progress. (upon request)

CONTACT:  Chris Gilmore  (661) 600-7372

Basics of Film

Taught by Dan Shippey

Wednesday

11:30 – 12:30

COST:  $125.00 per Semester

Even Spielberg had to start somewhere. The Basics of Film class will teach you the basic terms, techniques and skills needed to tell stories on screen. Whether you think you might want to consider a career in film, shoot videos for YouTube or make your home movies far more interesting this class will introduce you to the world of movie making. Each student will need access to a video camera (phones, iPods and tablets are completely acceptable) and a video editing program (only a basic video editing app or program like iMovie is needed). Each student will be making 4 movies in the semester and will screen their movies for classroom critique. At the end of the semester we will have a movie night where we will screen our final projects for friends and family.

CONTACT:  Dan Shippey

PHONE:  714-421-8448

EMAIL:  dan@breedshill.org

WOOD SHOP

Woodshop

Taught by

Jeff kreiger

Fridays

10:30 – 12:30

TARGET GROUP: 12 and older
COST:   $25.00 per class, $40.00 for Mommy and Me! Plus material fees
CONTACT:  EiE  (626) 821-0025

Learn the real “Tricks of the Trade” with woodworking.  This course is designed for the young person (and parents) to become familiar with the wonderful world of wood.  You will first of all be introduced to all the concepts of safety and how to use hand tools as well as power tools.  The student will understand the differences of various woods and will start out with simple projects and evolve into designing your own projects.  The instructor is a seasoned professional as well as a former teacher teaching woodworking classes to students and adults.  He is very motivated to provide your child a great experience.  The class is held at his cabinet making business just two doors down from EIE.

CHESS

Chess

Taught by:

Jeff Schwartz

Monday

2:00 – 3:00

 

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

PERSONAL FINANCE AND CAREER PLANING

THE CHECKERED GAME OF LIFE

YOU CREATE YOUR STORY

 

Taught by Regina Tula

Impact Leadership Network

Tuesdays

9:00 AM  – 10:00AM

COURSE DURATION: 1 Semester (15 week semesters) 

Classes begin Sept 11, 2018)

COST:  $175.00 for Semester

Target: 6th-12th grade

CLASS MATERIAL:  “Uncle Erik Talks About Personal Career and Financial Security” by Richard Maybury

Plus Workbook “Building Personal Model for Success” by Jane A William

 The definition of “Checkered” as it pertains to life is this; marked by periods of varied fortune or discreditable incidents. Today the journey begins with you. We choose the path our life will take and it is ever changing as we grow as individuals. Here you will learn the concepts of career and finances that will lead you on a path that is simple, yet welcomes changes. Once you understand what your goals are and why they’re important; the process of having a career and how money works, become your winning strategy to your personal game of life. Choose to do this while you’re young. You’ll see it’s the best time to start planning. Mainly, because you have the vision to see your dreams without limits and once you understand how to navigate the path, they will become realities. Here is what we will do to help you take the next step in your journey in the Game of Life. In our class you will:

  • Create your personal dream board
  • Gain understanding of financial concepts for life
  • Be prepared for the choice of college or career
  • Learn about systems in economics
  • Learn what it means to budget and create one
  • Explore entrepreneurial concepts, the investor, business owner, independent contractor, and employee mindsets
  • Have special guest speakers
  • Play the Game of Life and Cash Flow
  • Finish the class prepared to be financially fit for your personal future!
  • And so much more!

The Milton Bradley Game of Life as we know it today was originally created in 1860 by Milton Bradley as The Checkered Game of Life

 TO REGISTER: Opening May 1, 2018, simply download and complete the registration form.

Questions? Call (626)215-9508     or email thetulasource@gmail.com

 

 

Bio Regina Tula

I work in the financial arena of fortune 100 companies, developing customized financial strategies to meet the needs of individuals, families, businesses and corporations. In my past I have worked in law enforcement and health. Today, I enjoy navigating through the goals of my clients to create a healthy and secure financial future.