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Algebra 1 

We will study all the regular Algebra 1 topics such as Real numbers, Percentages, Ratios, Exponents, Functions, Polynomials, Solving for variables, Inequalities, Graphs, Factoring polynomials, and solving quadratic equations. Math will be related to real life problems as often as possible to emphasize the benefits of Math to our lives. This class will have homework assignments.

Teacher: Freshi Media Staff

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $30 per semester

Ages: Geared for ages 12-15yo. and 15+  but ability based

Algebra 2

This class will involve review of the basics, and progressing to Equations and Inequalities, Linear Relations and Functions, Matrices, Complex Numbers, Rationalizing imaginary denominators, Quadratic Functions and Inequalities, Polynomial Functions, The Remainder Theorem and The Factor Theorem, The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, General Functions, Operations with radical expressions, Conic Sections, Beginning Trigonometry, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Logarithms and exponential functions as inverses, Sequences and Series. Math will be related to real life problems as often as possible to emphasize the benefits of Math to our lives. This class will have homework assignments.

Teacher: Freshi Media Staff

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $30
per semester

Ages: Geared for ages 12-15yo. and 15+ but ability based

Ancient Times: Literature, History, Science and Art 

This class is part of an Ancient Times Unit Study in collaboration with Elmarie Hyman’s Ancient Times Through Literature This class is a complete unit study through the lens of ancient history. You can sign up for the whole unit studies (for a discount) or for just one of the 2 classes. This is the first in a series covering the history of the world from beginning to end in a chronological fashion. The full study will encompass 4 years, but you can join us for any part of the journey. The first year covers the Ancient World, the second year Middle Ages and Renaissance, followed by Early Modern in the third year, and finally the Modern Era in the fourth year. Each course will be offered for one year (30 weeks) and teach core disciplines. Elmarie will be using Story of the World and various other literature sources of the ancient world covering Gilgamesh, Egyptian stories, Greek and Roman myths, Homeric epics and more to cover the history of man from prehistoric times to the fall of the Roman Empire, doing lots of activities and projects to help the students learn at a deeper level. When studying Greece and Rome, she will even teach some Greek and Roman root words, the building blocks of English vocabulary. The students will work on learning a few short plays about these times as well and we’ll have a semester class project of creating a newspaper, the Ancient Times Gazette. Elizabeth will be teaching the history of Science during the same time period covering the mathematical, engineering and geometrical advances in the same time period. There will be lots of fun experiments and other activities to help the kids retain learning. She will also be covering Art of the Ancients, actually painting frescoes, carving on clay tablets, and other ancient art techniques. Elizabeth will be using Joyce Hakim’s History of Science (ISBN # 1-58834-251-4, here is a link for the text, http://www.amazon.com/Story-Science-Aristotle-Leads-Way/dp/1588341607) as a spine for the class, but it will be enriched with various other sources. We will explore the development of scientific thought and accompanying body of knowledge, performing a wide variety of activities, experiments and discussions to experience the learning on a deep and memorable level. For example, students will learn: • Identify the constellation depicting the Pythagorean Theorem • Aristarchus’s model of the solar system • Hero’s simple machines • Recognize the lever in one constellation • Fibonacci’s numbers will lead students to understand the significance of the Nautilus constellation • Activities will include: creating constellations, making 3 kinds of levers and testing their force, modeling the fibonacci sequence out of graph paper and sugar cubes • The scientific method Ancient Times: Art This innovative class is designed to be a cross curriculum reinforcement of the classical study of history of the ancient world. We will follow the general timeline and geography in Story of the World, using an interactive study of the arts of the times, the history of the time and region, and the artifacts that have survived to the modern age. Although this class is meant to augment a study of the history of the time period, it is a stand-alone class in artistic techniques in a historical context. Each class will include discussions and activities on topics like: time period, culture, art forms of the time, like: petroglyphs, frescos, sculpture, silhouettes, etc. For example, our first class is Paleontology and Archaeology. We learn how to excavate artifacts, clean and glue together pot shards to identify the designs, time period and origins. Discuss how to identify potential archeological sites, midden piles, sub cellular evidence to identify diet, hygiene, extrapolation and much more. There will be occasional homework for the students ages 9+

Teacher: Elizabeth Johnson for Science and Art and Elmarie Hyman for Literature and History

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $40 per course per semester

Ages: Two age groups: One class for 7-10yo. and one for 9-12yo.

Art, Art History & Stories

Creating Art Masterpieces through Time!

We will be exploring many of the most famous artists and bringing out your child’s own “Inner Artist”, inviting them to take creative risks and celebrating their successes in their path to self discovery. Even the most reluctant artist will be excited to learn, create and express themselves in a fun and of course messy environment!

We will be using many art books to help aid in our learning such as the acclaimed MaryAnn Kohl’s “Great Artist Series” and Usborne World History Encyclopedia, among others.

Your children will not only be working on individual art pieces, but also collaborating in group projects utilizing stylistic elements that the Great Masters have used.  Children will also have the opportunity to create their own masterpieces using a variety of high quality artist materials such as acrylic, tempera and watercolor paint, and various clays including colored clay! We will be creating an oil painting on high quality canvas you will be able to frame and display proudly in your home! Another project we will work on will utilize bringing in family pictures, homemade berry ink (we will make in class) and using dried flowers sticks, leaves and branches; items with “texture” to create a real live family tree!   We will do all this while learning about how families lived in past cultures such as American Colonial Days and Victorian England.

Your children will be guided through the past, learning through Art Projects about World History and Cultures. We will explore and create ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics; create a  cubist mosaic as a group using cubist style elements as we learn about Pablo Picasso; Spanish geography and culture. Join us as we travel to Australia to learn about Aborigine culture and cave painting art. Of course- what art class would be complete without Leonardo Da Vinci. We will create real life size models of his inventions and create our own “Da Vinci inspired” inventions that your children will be proud of.

My goal is to nurture and increase your child’s creative confidence through personal expression, knowledge and empowering them as they freely create their own style and explore their creative geniuses within. This class is perfect for beginners as well as gifted artists as we will all work together and help one another learn, express and create!

NOTE: There will be occasional assignments such as gathering the family photos, and bringing in items from home to use in our classes. Children will also be given a print out of what topics were covered during the class along with internet links, printed activities and book recommendations for you and your child to continue the art adventures together!

Teacher: Nancy Sell

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $40

Ages: Two age groups: One class for 5-8yo. and one for 9-12yo.



Biology (6-8th grade level)

This class is a project based class designed to deepen the studies the students undertake at home. Students will be required to read and understand the material presented in the text at home. In class, we will assess learning through games, complete projects and experiments, writing them up using the scientific method.
Topics include: classification of life, cells, molecular biology, cellular respiration and other processes, genetics, plant biology, animal diversity, human systems, and ecology.
Projects include:
First semester:
• Designing experiments
• Classifying seeds
• Grow fungus
• Creating a garden
• Making models of cells
• Separating out DNA
• Heart and respiration rates of fish relative to temperature
• Dissection: plant, flower, egg
• Model biome, habitat and niche
• Making a model of erosion
Second semester:
• Experiment with levers, fulcrums and force
• Blood type reactions
• Saliva analysis
• Model diaphragm
• Artistic representation of circulatory system with string
• Genetics with drosophila
• Model absorption and filtration
• Dissection: eyeball, fetal pig

There will be required lab work at home as well as homework assignments to make sure that learning has occurred to the grade level. It is recommended that you get a student copy of the text book. The text we will be using as a spine for this class is Glenco Life Science , 2002 (with National Geographic). Isbn#0-07-823695-9. Here is a link to buy the text:
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Science-Alton-Biggs/dp/0078617022/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1289880749&sr=8-1-fkmr1

Teacher: Elizabeth Johnson

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $40

Ages: Geared for high school students

California History

In this class we will study all about California History.  We will learn about the California Gold Rush, the regions of California, Native Americans, California Missions, state facts and symbols, natural resources and much more!!  We will be learning through completion of lapbooks, projects, and reading. For those not familiar with a lapbook it is a collection of mini books and graphic organizers pulled together into a series of file folders. Lapbooks are a hands-on approach to learning.  We will create a lapbook titled “The California Gold Rush” and “California State Facts”. We will also complete a unit study on “Native Americans of Northern California”. In addition to the lapbooks we will make a variety of projects such as: a Chumash Rock Painting,  designing our own “Brand” like the Mexican rancheros, making our own State Flag, creating a “pan of gold” and more! We will also read from: California History for Kids, John Sutter and the California Gold Rush, If You Lived with Indians of the Northwest Coast and Tales and Treasures of the California Missions. No homework will be assigned in this class.

Teacher: Sarah Gonzales

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable materials fee: $35

Ages: Geared for 9-12yo.

Ceramics

Learn how to model and create sculptures of animals and figurines. Learn basic construction techniques for creating your own pottery. For a finished project, paint or decorate your vessels or sculptures! You will have basic instruction in the different techniques of ceramics such as slab, coil and pinch pot.

Teacher: ASE Enrichment staff

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable materials fee: $40

Ages: 6+ yo.

This class has a minimum.

Chemistry 


This is a 2 semester class covering the standards for high school Chemistry. The first semester will deal with atomic theory, the second with chemical reactions, examining the nature of atoms and how they interact to form the stuff of our world.
We will perform many experiments to learn the principles of each lesson. We will write up experiments using the scientific method. We will blow things up, make things freeze, create colorful flames, make electricity with vegetables. We will examine larger molecular chains by building organic chemicals with gumdrops and toothpicks and create our own polymers – slime! Note taking skills will be
developed.

This is a 2 semester class designed to solidify learning for high school Chemistry standards. Students will read the text at home. The text we will use is: Chemistry Concepts and Applications, Glencoe Science, 2009 (isbn# 978-0-07-880724-4, link
to online vendors http://www2.shopping.com/Chemistry%253A%2520Concepts%2520and%2520Applications%2520by%2520Glencoe/products?
linkin_id=8001321 )

We will assess learning through games, perform labs and projects in class. Students will get out of the class what they put into it. The first semester will deal with atomic theory, the second with chemical reactions, examining the nature of atoms and how they interact to form the stuff of our world. We will perform many experiments to learn the principles of each lesson, writing
them up using the scientific method in class. We will perform activities like:
• Balance chemical equations through formulae and weighing reactants and
products
• Determine freezing point and boiling point of substances,
• Calculate latent heat of phase change and specific heat of a substance
• Create colorful flames and analyze their spectroscopic emissions
• Make electrochemical battery cells
• Model organic chemicals
• Create our own polymers – slime!
• Separate water into component gasses
• Measure and compare the pH of household chemicals
• Analyze and determine the composition of pennies
• Make colorful fireworks
• Explore catalytic decomposition
• Model radioactive decay
• Measure the energy content of food
Note taking skills will be developed. Homework and lab work are mandatory to
meet the requirements for high school.

Teacher: Elizabeth Johnson

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $40 per semester

Drawing and Painting 

Lion, Tigers and Bears. Oh My! Learn to draw and paint animals. Experience how easy it is to draw animals using the 5 basic elements of shape. Then paint with brilliant color creating beautiful compositions. Some of the basic techniques that will be covered are proportion, perspective, shading, texture, value, color, etc.

Teacher: ASE Enrichment staff

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable materials fee: $40

Ages: 6+ yo.

This class has a minimum.


English modules

These 7 or 8 week modules are pretty self-explanatory and will focus on specific Language Arts skills by employing teaching concepts in class, practicing in class and using games to reinforce the skills.

Teacher: Cindy Dominguez

Pricing: See Pricing chart for weekly price and multiply with length of the module

Non-refundable materials fee: $20

Ages: Ability-based

Everyday Chemistry 

In this class, we will explore students’ questions about how things work from a chemical perspective. This is a full course in chemistry covering everything from subatomic structure to bonding, compounds, molecules, modeling, organic, redox reactions, the 6 kinds of chemical reaction etc. This is a hands on, project based course. We will document the class in our notebooks so that each student will end up with a record of learning. We will apply this knowledge to every day situations: How does a water softener work? How does soap clean things? How come Sharpies don’t come off clothes? What makes bubbles? We will perform many experiments to learn the principles of each lesson, like: bubbleology to explore surface tension, working with magnets to understand ionic polar bonds, mixing every day chemical to produce endothermic and exothermic chemical reactions, writing-up our experiments using the scientific method. We will blow things up, make things freeze, create colorful flames, make electricity. We will examine what molecules might look like using gumdrops and toothpicks, legos and juggling balls. Note taking skills will be developed. The final project will be a book with the major themes in chemistry explained and illustrated by the students. Even though this class has been going for 1 semester, you can still join in on any of the 2 modules of 8 weeks each:

Everyday Chemistry modules: 1 c Chemical Reactions 1 d Thermal and Nuclear Chemistry

Chemical Reactions Description: In this module of chemistry, we will look at 3 kinds of bonds and 5 kinds of chemical reactions. Course Content 1. ionic bond 2. covalent bond, polar covalent 3. single displacement 4. double displacement 5. combustion 6. synthesis 7. decomposition 8. final exam game project presentation

Thermal and Nuclear Chemistry Description: In this module of chemistry we will delve into the chemistry of heat and crack the atom to unleash the power of radioactivity, nuclear fission and fusion. Course Content 1. The laws of thermodynamics 2. endo and exothermic chemical reactions 3. chemoluminescence 4. fusion 5. fission 6. quantum mechanics 7. electricity 8. final exam game project presentation

Teacher: Elizabeth Johnson

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $40

Ages: Geared for 9-12 yo.

Five In A Row – Literature based Units

This class would use well-loved children’s literature as a basis for weekly unit study. Some of the books that will considered will be The Story about Ping, Lentil,  A Pair of Red Clogs, The Rag Coat, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, The Glorious Flight, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, Grandfather’s Journey, Another Celebrated Dancing Bear, Papa Piccolo, Very Last First Time, Storm in the Night, Katy and the Big Snow, Night if the Moonjellies, Stopping By Woods on A Snowy Evening. Using books to appreciate the world around them students will learn about: Art, History, Vocabulary, Geography, Science, Human relationships, Math and Writing. Children will develop a love for the stories as well as think more critically as they learn about the places characters are from, mediums used in the illustrations, how parts of the story were developed, how to write in the style of the author. Students will conduct simple science experiments, make foods and create works of art. Come along on this journey through books. It is an adventure that will last a lifetime.

Teacher: Kristy Robinson

Pricing: See Pricing Chart

Ages: 5-8yo.

Non-refundable Materials fee: $35

Games Beyond The Box – Math facts (Multiplication & Division) & games

Tired of trying to get down those math facts? Frustrated because the kids are finding it so dry and boring? This class will help students learn their facts in a fun way with songs & games as well as some explanations and hands-on demonstrations. Each week we will learn one set of math facts after doing an initial pre-test to see who knows what, so we don’t keep learning unnecessary facts. We will learn skip counting songs, to help speed up math until all multiplication facts are memorized. We will play some games every week, e.g. when we’re learning multiplication facts, we might play Multiplication war, Multiplication Bingo, Math Dice, playing with a huge inflatable math cube and many more. Games I have from Rightstart Math as well as Flashcard games will be used to practice specific facts until we know them all and can play games that involve all of the facts like the above. If you already know some facts, you’re welcome too. We split the class up and different groups play different games. The emphasis will be on the fact that we all need to learn something and there will be no competition on who gets done with it first, we will all move at our own rate. When playing games, it will be co-operative and not pin students who know more against those who don’t yet. Facts will be taught in fact families so that relationships between numbers are evident. Come have some fact fun with us! A part of the class will also be devoted to playing other general Math, Strategy, and other educational games. To get the most out of this class, students will practice facts at home with cards made in class.

Teacher: Elmarie Hyman

Pricing: See Pricing Chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $25

Ages: Geared for 9-12yo. but ability based

Geometry 

Learn about Lines, Planes, Segments, Angles, Covering triangle congruence, postulates and theorems, surface area and volume, two-column proofs, vector addition, and slopes and equations of lines, and all the topics covered in a standard high school geometry course to fulfill CA state standards. This class will have homework assignments.

Teacher: Freshi Media Staff

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $30 per semester

Ages: Geared for ages 12-15yo. and 15+ but ability based

Guitar 

In this class, your child will start learning: • Music/Fretboard Theory • Music Reading • Music Writing • Song Writing • Rhythm It has been scientifically proven that learning to play guitar or other instruments promotes: • Increased Self Esteem • Discipline in the Arts • A Positive Work Ethic • Better Math Comprehension • Memorization Skills Come learn with us!

Teacher: Michael Lyn

Ages: Ability-based, but recommended for ages 8+

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable materials Fee: $40 for books. Students will have to have a guitar, which can be rented.

LEGO® ROBOTICS 1.0—WEDO Robotics  

WeDo Lego® Robotics will prepare you for Lego Robotics 2.0 with the concepts you will learn.  You will build models, attach sensors and motors that are plugged into a computer, and configure behaviors using a simple programming tool.  The activity pack is divided into four themes:  Amazing Mechanisms, Wild Animals, Play Soccer and Adventure Stories!  It covers topics within science, technology, mathematics and language.

Teacher: ASE Enrichment

Ages: 6-12yo.

Non-refundable materials Fee: $20 for equipment rental

This class has a minimum.

LEGO® ROBOTICS 2.0—MINDSTORMS   

This class is an introduction to building and programming robots using the LEGO® Mindstorms NXT Robotics System. Students will build robots and program them with a computer to move, react, and make sounds in order to solve challenges.  Develop critical thinking skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics!

Teacher: ASE Enrichment staff

Ages: 9+yo.

Non-refundable materials Fee: $20 for equipment rental

This class has a minimum.

Literature Pockets

In this class we will complete activities from Literature Pockets, “Caldecott Winners” (grades 4-6).  We will learn about the history of the Caldecott Medal and learn about some of these medal-winning books and their illustrators. Students will listen to the story read aloud, participate in group discussions about the story and its illustrations, and complete written activities and art projects centered around each story. Each student will create their own literature pocket for each story packed with activities. For example, after listening to the story, Mirette on the High Wire, students will create an art project called “Wire Walker”, complete a writing assignment titled, “Facing Fear” and make a poster advertising “The Great World Tour”.  We will also create a bookmark about each illustrator. In addition, students will work on increasing their reading fluency and vocabulary. We will use Readers’ Theater scripts, timed one minute fluency cards and Vocabulary Fact Sheets. We will also play reading comprehension games like, Outlast Reading and Main Street Shopping. We will listen to and read from some of the stories below:

  • Allen Say—Grandfather’s Journey
  • Arnold Lobel—Fables
  • Ed Young—Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China
  • Emily Arnold McCully—Mirette on the High Wire
  • Paul Goble—The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
  • Trina Schart Hyman—Saint George and the Dragon
  • David Macaulay—Black and White
  • Mary Azarian—Snowflake Bentley
  • David Diaz—Smoky Night
  • Gail E. Haley—A Story, A Story
  •  Chris Van Allsburg – Jumanji

No homework will be assigned in this class.

Teacher: Sarah Gonzales

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable materials fee: $35

Ages: Geared for 9-12yo.

Math Modules

The Math modules will focus on a specific mathematical skill which will be taught in the class.  The students will receive homework to complete at home and the homework will be discussed and checked the following week to make sure that students are understanding he material.  Games will also be employed during class time to enforce certain skills specific to the level of Math that is being taught.

Teacher: Elmarie Hyman

Pricing: See Pricing chart and multiply cost per class with the number of weeks of the modules.

Non-refundable materials fee: $20

Ages: Ability-based

 

Percussion

Around The World Through Percussion

This low pressure class is a great introduction to the world of music through percussion. The children will gain knowledge in basic music theory, sight reading and experience playing in a group. Students will get up and get moving while learning to play basic rhythms. We will also explore the history behind music and the origins of the instruments.As we explore world cultures we will learn about how music has shaped civilizations and what part music has played in our own country throughout time.
Class participants will be introduced to a few key members of the percussion family, including snare drum, orchestra bells, and hand percussion instruments.Students will also have an opportunity to make their own instruments out of household items!

We will learn about the instrument families and listen to music from various time periods and styles; analyzing key differences and imitating the styles we hear.

NOTE: Students are encouraged to practice at home as they will be receiving a pair of drum sticks to bring home as well as weekly print outs of the weekly topic and musical activities.

Teacher: Nancy Sell

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $30

Ages: Two age groups: One class for 5-8yo. and one for 9-12yo.

Photography & Photoshop & Yearbook

Bring your own digital camera and come learn all the basics of photography from aperture, depth of field, and shutter speed to what makes a great photo. Then learn how to import these pictures into Photoshop and all the ways you can use Photoshop for photo editing and graphic design. Students will also be instrumental in working on a yearbook for Learn Beyond The Book which will be available for purchase by families to remember their fun memories.

Teacher: Jonny Hyman

Pricing: See Pricing Chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $15

Ages: Geared for 9+ yo.

Public Speaking 

Whether you are planning to become an entrepreneur or employee or even just do a presentation for a Science project, you need to learn how to express yourself in public through a effective public speaking.  We are very excited to have Grace Lee, an advanced Toastmaster, teaching this class! Students will write their speeches at home, deliver them in class and get feedback from peers and the instructor in a safe, nurturing environment. **This course requires weekly homework assignments.**

Teacher: Grace Lee from Toastmasters

Pricing: REDUCED PRICE!  $200 for the whole semester!

Non-refundable Materials Fee: $25

Ages: 10+

Science Through Stories     

The funnest way to learn anything at this age is through a great story.  We will be reading many children’s books and learning about the Science related to it. We will for example read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and then proceed to study butterflies and other insects that have similar life cycles, find out about butterflies from all around the world and do an optional fieldtrip to observe the migrating monarch butterflies in Ventura area.   In addition to this, we’ll grow our own butterflies and set them free after their metamorphosis.   We will also do an art project designing our own butterflies.  We will even learn the Spanish word for butterfly. Another unit will center around some Frog and Toad stories and we’ll study amphibian, what makes them unique, and how frogs and toads differ by looking at photographs and online clips.  We also plan a fieldtrip to nearby Towsley Canyon to search for some frogs and toads and categorize them.  In the process we will also be learning about making charts and animal classifications at an age-appropriate level. Some weeks our activities will involve a bit of cooking, for example when we’re reading A Porcupine named Fluffy, we will be making some delicacies (brownie-like) with edible spiky tops. This class will not just center around animals though as we will also be reading books to incorporate other science concepts such as Astronomy, Botany, and more, for example Thomas’s Sheep and the Spectacular Science Project where the sheep visit each planet, and Elizabite, Adventures of a Carnivorous Plant. When reading about the different planets with Thomas’s sheep, we will make our own scaled model solar system and do some simulations outside to demonstrate the size of the universe and also the rotation and orbiting of ourplanets. When reading about Elizabite, we will study Venus flytraps and other carnivorous plants, and take one home to observe, keeping a Science journal to note any changes and describe what it has eaten.  We will also discuss how regular plants make their food through photosynthesis and do experiments to show how a plant performs that is getting sunlight and can make food and one who isn’t getting enough light.  They will be taking these plants home to observe and keep a journal of the changes, which they will share in class.

Teacher: Elmarie Hyman

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable materials fee: $35

Ages: Geared for ages 5-8

Sewing

Sewing is a wonderful skill to have.  It can allow children to design projects that suit their individual interests from pillow cases to custom tote bags, costumes, and doll clothes.  This project-based class is open to all sewing levels and will be customized to match each student’s sewing experience and interest. Each student needs to have a working sewing machine. Students will be responsible for obtaining their own supplies for this class, which will be determined by the instructor and parents will be notified.

Teacher: Christine Orris

Ages: Ability-based, but recommended for ages 8+

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Materials Fee: $10 (for copies)

Spanish Level 1 

Spanish level 1 is designed for students who have never taken a Spanish class before. Fun and engaging activities will be used to develop vocabulary, sentence structure, and communication skills. An emphasis will also be placed on the geography and cultures of Spain and Latin America. Students will learn through games, poetry, art and writing. Activities will be specially designed for younger students who are early readers, and older students who are proficient readers. Students will learn through immersion and lots of conversations in Spanish.

Teacher: Cindy Dominguez

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials Fee: $30

Ages: 5+ yo.

Spanish Level 2

Spanish Level 2 is designed for students who have taken Spanish 1 or have had some previous experience with Spanish.  The focus will be placed on auditory comprehension and interaction.  Activities will focus on vocabulary, grammar, and expressions.  As in Spanish Level 1, students will learn through games, poetry, art, and writing.  Emphasis will also be placed on the geography and cultures of Spain and Latin America.  Activities will be designed according to the age level of the students.

Teacher: Cindy Dominguez

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials Fee: $30

Ages: 5+ yo.

Technology 

This will be a very informative class for anyone, but it’s geared for the 9+yo. crowd. We will be taking apart an old computer, learning all about the parts, RAM, memory, mother boards, hard drives, and more. We will see how they all look and study their functions. Then, once students have that mastered, they will move on to learning about software, how to install programs, how to organize files and also basic knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel that can be so useful in everyday life. There will also be lessons on Iphone and Ipad technology, TV’s, DVD’s, and more.

Teacher: Jonny Hyman

Pricing: See Pricing Chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $25

Ages: Geared for 9+ yo.

Video Game Design & Development

This is a program that allows kids to develop, design, debug and distribute their own 2D video games. Using special industry software, students create their video game without having to learn actual programming first. They can also put their own music, video, animations and photos into their video games with a simple click. In the early stage of the program, students work together with their instructor to develop a video game as a group. As they progress, they will be able to work independently on their own games. Don’t just play – play your own game!

Teacher: Freshi Media Staff

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $30

Ages: Recommended for ages 8+

We Built A Zoo!

Be a part of building a real Zoo! Charlie Sammut is turning his wild animal compound in
Modesto into a zoo. Let’s help him get there, by creating models, for planning and
raising funds, to make dreams come true.
Through this process, learn all about how to take care of a wide variety of wild and
exotic animals — some you may never have heard of. How are we going to feed them?
How is a vet going to be able to care for them. What other animals might they get along
with? What kind of plants do they live among? Where are they going to sleep? How do
we keep them happy and fulfilled?

Teacher: Elizabeth Johnson

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $40

Ages: Geared towards ages 9+yo.  

Where’s the Money? – Click to register

This class is all about learning through doing and interacting. You can call it boot camp to survive in the real world in terms of finances and some essential life skills, like simply filling out forms, which is easier said than done, if you’ve never done it. Some forms that we will go over will be applications for a job, an apartment, a car loan and college applications. Each week we’ll start the class with a discussion of a chapter in “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?” – the updated version, including some insights about the economic situation at the moment. Come learn about how economics work & how it affects your personal finances and businesses. Learn to budget and keep records of where your money went by coming up with your own budget in class as well as a realistic budget as an adult and then tracking expenses. Brainstorm ideas for possibly earning money. Study savings, inflation, investments, auctions, and credit. Understand the Federal Reserve System and banks.  Learn to balance a check book by balancing a real checkbook. Learn how to make spreadsheets work for you, not just for finances, but also everyday things like schedules. We will employ games for some of the learning too, for example, “Charge It” and “Cashflow”.   We also have a semester project of creating a business and discussing ways to market, income, expenses, profits, losses, assets and liabilities.  It will end in Entrepreneur Day.

Teacher: Elmarie Hyman

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $30

Ages: Geared towards ages 10+yo.  

Writing – Writer’s Workshop

Students will focus on different genres of writing including narratives, informational writing, persuasive writing, and letter writing.  Students will go through the stages of the writing process including brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting, revising, proofreading and publishing and will culminate with the creation of a published book.  The class will be taught in a seminar format in which students will share their work and receive feedback from their peers at all stages of the writing process.  Special emphasis will be placed on creating a positive, supportive environment where everyone feels safe to express themselves. This class will have homework.

Teacher: Cindy Dominguez

Pricing: See Pricing chart

Non-refundable Materials fee: $25

Ages: Two different ages – 9-12yo. & 12+ yo.  

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