Enrichment Course Descriptions for Session 2, 2019-2020
(MAYL) MATH AT YOUR LEVEL(times, days vary)
Each unique 1.75 hour, 1.5 hour, or 1-hour math class features small class size, individualized instruction, immediate feedback, and support with your homeschool math curriculum
. Although a variety of levels are welcome in any class, the longer math blocks are recommended for students who need extra assistance
. If further practice is needed, students may be introduced to excellent math websites, including Khan Academy, which offers individualized lessons and immediate feedback. Dependent on homeschool curriculum, students will be offered small group or individual lessons from a variety of resources, such as Saxon. Materials needed: spiral notebook and independent math work. Students MUST come to each class prepared with their assigned homeschool math materials. Instructor: Laura Erlig or Lyra Porcasi.
ORIGAMI MATH GENIUS (OMG) Monday, 1:30 2:30
Origami Math Genius (OMG) integrates origami art and math in K-12 education. This course can turn every student into an OMG! Learning math through origami has tremendous advantages because you can see mathematical concepts in every fold. This hands-on class unfolds mathematical concepts visually and makes learning math more intuitive. Instructor
: BiJian Fan
. Max: 9
o About the Instructor: BiJian Fan is a math teacher, engineer, and artist. His art has been exhibited at Channel Islands National Park, McDonald’s, Los Angeles Dodgers, Beijing Olympics, and many other venues. He has taught OMG internationally. Learn more about his background at BiJian.com
TAKING THINGS APART Tuesday 1:30-2:30
Vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, desktop computers, record players, VCRs, watches, clocks, and more! We shall gather odd objects from garage sales and second-hand stores, and whatever is safe to take apart, and we shall take them apart to see what is inside! This is a thoroughly rewarding, mildly hazardous, and thoughtfully supervised experience. There will be hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, sharp edges, and occasional poisonous materials. (However, there will be no microwaves, CRT monitors, or other electrically dangerous objects.) We shall begin each day with a safety review, use gloves as needed, and be exceptionally careful about washing our hands – so that we may pursue our quest for understanding with fun, grace, and health. Instructor: Time Handley, with Melanie Ware assisting
. Max: 12 students.
MUSIC: KEYS & STRINGS Tuesday 1:30-3:00
This course is an experience of music by participation! Everyone is welcome, beginners as well as students who have had musical training. We will learn music theory, listening skills, collaboration and music appreciation with a hands-on experience of keyboard and stringed instruments. We will use a chordal approach that encourages playing “by ear” and with a group, with an emphasis on modern styles. Using a variety of keyboard instruments, students will first work with piano, organ and synthesizer sounds. We will introduce various chord shapes and inversions and identify them by listening. We will play a sequence of chords in time. Along the way, we will learn about chord voicing, harmony, melody, and rhythm. The class will play and examine a variety of stringed instruments including the acoustic guitar, ukulele, acoustic bass guitar, electric guitar and bass, hammered dulcimer, quatro, and Hawaiian slide guitar. The students will learn basic techniques for each instrument. Later in the course, as students gravitate toward their instrument of choice
, we will learn to play together as a unit. We will discuss the skill of listening and playing in an ensemble. Song structure and chord charts of familiar songs will be introduced. Those with experience with instruments will be challenged with more advanced parts. Those who would like to participate with singing or percussion instruments will also be encouraged. Please Note:
Many instruments will be provided for the class. But, students will be expected to choose an instrument on which to practice on their own; acquirement of an instrument and/or its rental fees are the family’s responsibility. Instructor: Jack Lee
. Max: 10 students. Independent practice is highly recommended 10-15 min/day
Private or Semi-Private instruction available from 1:00-1:30 Tuesdays, or as arranged.
About Jack: Jack Lee signed his first recording contract with CBS Records at age 18. He toured extensively with the bands Oz, Mother Earth, and the Earl Scruggs Band. He performed at Carnegie Hall twice, opened for Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, and The Byrds. He has worked in Nashville and Los Angeles for many years as a studio musician and producer, performing on keyboards, guitar, and bass.
TRUE CONNECTION, Part II Tuesday 9:00-10:30 SYLLABUS HERE
is about empowering youth to build empathy and creatively solve problems from a personal to a global level will result in a brighter future filled with resilient, purposeful leaders who collaborate to act for the highest good of all. True Connection’s signature HiEQ Curriculum
incorporates mindfulness, best practices SEL (social-emotional learning) exercises, journaling, and creative arts activities. The curriculum is also aligned with core educational and career-ready standards. This two-session program provides students with the tools they need to cultivate strong core values, break down stereotypes, transform negative thought patterns, manage their emotions, build healthy relationships, and set/achieve their personal and academic goals. Together we are love in action. Instructor: Laura Erlig.
CALLIGRAPHY & PENMANSHIP Wednesday, 1:30-2:30
This workshop will provide time for students to practice their best penmanship
while learning (or relearning
) all letters in cursive, standard print, and calligraphy. For the last class, students will be provided stationary (or can bring their own) so that they can handwrite a special letter to a loved one. Note: Although this is a low-pressure course, students should be willing to practice as much as possible in class and out to gain proficiency. Independent practice is highly recommended 10-15 min/day
. Instructor: Melanie Ware
. Max: 10
ANCIENT MYTHOLOGY Wednesday, 1:30-2:30
Those amazing Greeks, magnificent Egyptians, and awesome Norse! In this class we will explore and compare these three ancient cultures and their myths and legends: gods/goddesses, creation stories, afterlife beliefs, animals and symbols, heroes/heroines, influences on science/astronomy/calendars, languages and number systems. Come journey with us through these intriguing tales. Instructor: Lyra Porcasi
. Max: 9
SCIENCE of SCIENCE FICTION Thursday, 11:00-12:30
Have you ever wondered if any of the things you see in the movies could really happen? Could we really time travel? Would artificial intelligence take over the world? What can actually happen during and after an apocalypse? Do you think there might be ghosts, do we really exist, or are we just in a simulation, and is there truly such a thing as “time”? In this class, we’ll discuss all of those questions and more, taking the science fiction out of books and movies and putting it into real world facts. Instructor: Lyra Porcasi
. Max: 9
HISTORY IMPROV: Great Scientists Friday, 11:00-1:00
Brought to you by Shakespeare Kids
, this interactive, FUN performance-type course will include two hours of weekly history lessons that involve students doing a bit of research, then bringing in unique facts to share, as we discuss and learn. Then we break into theatre exercises and improvisation to re-enact history,
allowing our students the chance to experience the point of view of the actual people who lived it! Scientists that we’ll cover in this course: Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Nikola Tesla, George Washington Carver, Albert Einstein,
Jane Goodall, and Shirley Anne Jackson. *Please note the end time! Weekly independent work is required, about 1 hr/wk. Instructor: Tamara Koltes of Shakespeare Kids, with Melanie Ware assisting.
- About the Instructor: Tamara Koltes holds her BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She is a recent graduate with an MFA in Acting from East 15 Acting School of Loughton, England, where she has worked on the stages of Shakespeare’s Globe and Off-West End. Tamara has taught and performed in Seattle, New York, Minnesota, and the United Kingdom. With years of experience teaching many different age groups in dance and the theater arts, she has worked with Boden’s Performing Arts, Children’s Theatre Company, Stepping Stone Children’s Theatre, Youth Performance Company, Broadway Bound, Green Stage, and Seattle Children’s Theater. Her directing credits include youth productions of Seussical Jr. and the original jukebox musical The Buddy Bench with Lakeshore Player’s Theatre, as well as We Are Monsters and Musicville with Ashland Productions. Recent stage appearances include: A Dream Play (East15), The Tempest (Car Crash Productions), The Penelopiad (East15), Around the World in 80 Days (East15), Three Winters (East15), Never Wonder Land (Laughing Nomad Productions), Romeo and Juliet (Mission Theatre Company), The Bernice Project (Phoenix Theater), Consumed (Playable Artworks), Rumors of Shadows (Kinetic Fusion Physical Theatre), The Cruel Painter of Radostdale (Laughing Nomad Productions), Tales from Wonderland: A Common Night (Maximum Verbosity), Broceliande; The Death of Merlin (Six Elements Theatre), along with the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe debuts of High School English and Splashback with Car Crash Productions.
- “Improv class is always my favorite Shakespeare Kids class. I really enjoy learning about history while playing Improv games!” -Shane W. – student
- “I really believe learning about historical figures through improv creates a natural way to learn through play; the classes not only engage the students physically, in a way that really helps the material “stick,” but they also make the learning extremely fun.” – Leilani -Mom
FITNESS CLUB Monday, 1:30-2:30
Welcome to the Fitness Club! In the next seven weeks, we will work on a variety of different styles of workouts, including, but not limited to: running/interval running, obstacle courses, H.I.I.T (High Intensive Interval Training), strength training, circuit work, core work and stretching, with a little bit of yoga thrown in, all set to motivating music, some of which Sue would love to have the students supply. Classes will be flexible, depending on the weather– working out can be fun inside and/or outside! The last class of the session will be a beautiful trail run down to Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park, weather permitting. The Fitness Club will be a low-pressure, no judgment workout class; students will work out at their own pace.
We might even have a surprise host or two for our classes. Sue looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for fitness with the students! Instructor: Sue Eaton
. Max: 10 students.
About Sue: Most of you know Sue as one of our amazing chefs, but did you know that Sue is a fitness pro? Sue taught aerobics in college (remember Elaine Powers?!), trail runs with the “Tuesday Tribe”, mountain bikes on Fridays, has run multiple 10ks, completed a 30k trail race, completed the Solvang Century bike race, participates in a summer challenge every year (Santa Monica Mountain Trail Challenge) that includes 15 trail runs, 30 mountain bike runs and 15 road bike segments– although not all at once! She also enjoys hiking, taking spin classes at the gym and strength training at her home gym. Her running group (Tuesday Tribe) is a major fund-raiser for the Love Run, which is a local event that raises money for Senior Concerns, which provides thousands of free meals for seniors in our community.
EQUESTRIAN SKILLS Friday, 1:15-3:00
Do you love horses? Would you like to learn or improve your skills in riding? This unique class offers an incredible opportunity to learn about grooming, tacking, riding, ground management, and horse care while learning about boundaries. Horses, like all living creatures, have boundaries. You will learn how to read your horse’s signals and understand how those signals relate to the animal’s boundaries. You will learn to set your own boundaries as well. Horsemanship tends to reduce stress, per a study done by Washington State University
. (Here’s an article
on the “hard science” of the benefits of equestrian interaction). This is not simply a riding course, although students will ride.
Weekly lessons involve cooperative learning, incorporating a buddy system, and developing interactions between horses and students. Students will learn to read the signals and emotions of the horses to better understand how to behave around them. Lessons will also incorporate horse anatomy, horse behaviors and emotional queues, and riding theory. The course starts off by teaching the students safety around horses and progressively transitions to greater interaction with the animals. The lesson progression has students walking horses through obstacle courses, learning to tack the horse, and then riding. Once on the saddle, students will learn the fundamentals of control and communication. The class goals are to build student confidence, provide an opportunity for emotional growth, and provide for engagement with these amazing animals. Please note:
Transportation arrangements for students already on site (Teen Center) will be provided, leaving from the Teen Center at 12:50 directly to Glory Reins
, after a 20-minute break for lunch (students on-site must pack a lunch!). For students taking only this class, students should be dropped off directly at Glory Reins, unless prior arrangements are made. Important: students must pack water and sunscreen, wear long durable pants or jeans, and closed-toe, covered shoes that have heels (for stirrup placement). Supervising Instructor: Laura Erlig. Main Instruction provided by Glory Reins.
Max: 8 students
FOOD FASCINATION Tuesday OR Thursday, 11:00-12:30 SYLLABUS HERE
Learn to create nutritious, delicious meals that will help your body be strong and healthy. Students will learn about seasonal produce, the importance of nutritious food and what it provides our bodies, and will prepare a balanced meal for their peers. They will research interesting recipes and bring them to the group. They will also learn the basic home economic skills of reading recipes, cutting and chopping up a variety of foods, proper use of cooking and food prep tools, baking, and exploring a bounty of organic fruits and vegetables. Important!
Participants are required to bring a clean apron to each class
, which must be worn while cooking
(brought home for laundering), and hair that hits shoulders must also be worn off the face during the kitchen portion of the class
, either in a ponytail or pinned back. Those with short hair need to wear a bandana, hat, wide hairband or hair net to adhere to health and safety guidelines. Anyone repeatedly forgetting an apron may be denied participation. Instructor: Laura Erlig, assisted by Jerri Baker and Sue Eaton.
Max: 9 students
FINE ART: Mixed Media Thursday, 1:30-2:45
Students will work with a variety of materials, such as wood, paper, paint, markers, fabric and more. Projects will include wood using acrylic and tempera paint, paint with yard, decoupage, and/or collages with fabric and/or paper. This is a very creative class with lots of hands-on learning; students will get messy, so bring an apron or an old t-shirt, or be prepared to have dirty clothes! 😉 Instructor: Helle Rasmussen.
STUDY SESSION: times vary
This time is for independent
study only, and a chance for students to practice valuable self-directed study skills. A trained educator or qualified assistant will support, monitor and/or supervise students in their learning as needed, but students must come to EACH class with homeschool or OSA course materials to work on for the full-allotted time
, an assignment notebook (so supervisor knows what is to be accomplished), and an appropriate book to read if done with assigned work. Parents should help students create a schedule of lessons to complete per day.
Wi-Fi available if students bring laptops/iPads. Students may listen to their own music (with earbuds) during study session. Facilitators vary.
Max: 10 students per session.
COMMUNITY CIRCLE: Monday-Thursday, 10:30-10:45
This special time prior to the first break is for group discussion and practice of critical interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, such as empathy, listening, body language, and effective conversational abilities. During Circle, we also clarify and discuss expectations for a peaceful, proactive and positive learning environment. Finally, time is set aside for an open forum discussion to share what matters to students, resolve any conflicts that may be brewing or support peers in their needs. ALL students on the premises during this time are requested to attend this important time for connection. Facilitated by Lori Peters, although other adults/students may lead at times.