ACE Fall 2020 Class Descriptions

SOCIAL JUSTICE IN ACTION

AnnMarie Nee
Grades 6-9
THURSDAYS at 1pm

Through our discussions, readings, and media content, we'll strive to better recognize our own responsibility to resist exclusion and injustice in our everyday lives.  We will identify key figures and groups, seminal events, strategies and philosophies relevant to social justice history. Whether it's recognizing injustice on the individual level or at the institutional and systemic level, we will be raising our awareness with the goal in mind of beginning to take personal action on local and national issues. I want to help empower our students to see themselves as leaders in their own community and power movers within the world.

ZOOM FITNESS

Aaron Clarke 
All Ages
MONDAYS at 9am and 10am
THURSDAYS at 9am 


THURSDAYS at 10am* 

*This hour is for parents - get that work out in while your kids are in class!

Zoom fitness is a fun and exciting way for your child to stay fit during what has been a challenging year for many. This class will focus on a variety of workouts that your child can complete from the comfort of their own home.  Coach Aaron will teach your child how to create DIY agility ladders, training cones & other useful equipment using everyday items, making the workouts even more fun and exciting. Your child will also have the option to participate in weekly challenge workouts, motivating them to continue using skills they’ve learned through out the week. At the end of each class, Coach Aaron will include class games which will allow your child to loosen up, while enjoying the company of their peers. Zoom fitness will not only encourage your child to live an active lifestyle, but it will have them feeling excited to workout with Coach Aaron every week.

BEYOND THE COVER

Kristina Russell
Grades 9-11
MONDAYS  and THURSDAYS at 2pm
TWICE A WEEK
Class size limited to 7

In this class for high school students we will dive deep into some well loved and new books.  The aim is to go beyond the mere exercise of reading and try and understand what makes good writing good. We will explore a variety of authors; their backgrounds, influences and purpose for writing. In addition the class will uncover themes, motifs and symbolism in the stories we explore as well as a host of literary devices

that make reading enjoyable. 

Outside work will be required weekly as well as participation in class discussions.

HISTORY, MYSTERY, AND BLOOD: THE BRITISH MONARCHY

Lynn Hayes
Grades 3-6
MONDAYS at 10am

Battles. Backstabbing. Bloodlines.


From the first Anglo-Saxon kings to the modern-day monarchs, you’ll find surprises at every turn as we navigate our way through the most important events of the British monarchy! Did you know that William II was accidentally (or not accidentally!) shot by a friend while hunting stags? Or that John was such a tyrannical king that his nobles forced him to sign a document that gave them more rights? You’ll learn this, and more, as we delve into the historical kings and queens of England, from the Henry's to the Elizabeth's.


GO DEEPER! Pair this class with Acting Shakespeare: Henry V  to explore more British history!

SHAKESPEARE ACTING: HENRY V

Lynn Hayes
Grades 3-9
MONDAYS at 11am

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

(King Henry, Act 4 Scene 3)


Join this band of brothers with Henry as he tries to win battles against all odds! In this class, students will perform excerpts from Shakespeare's powerful history play, Henry V. They will use their whole selves to connect with each other, literature and history in a meaningful and impactful way. 


Students will learn about Shakespeare's life and theatre as well as what goes into staging a play, including theatre vocabulary and design elements. We will embrace Shakespeare's language with passion and joy (not fear) in a positive, nurturing environment! Through improvisational games and rehearsing with a script, their confidence with being onstage, handling Shakespearean text and ability to collaborate will grow. On the final day of the semester, students will perform for their peers and parents either live onstage or live via Zoom!


HOMEWORK: Students will need to memorize their lines outside of class time (around 30 minutes a week depending on the number of lines).


PREREQUISITE: Student must be able to read independently in order to be enrolled in this class.


GO DEEPER! Pair this class with History, Mystery and Blood: The British Monarch to increase your understanding of the history of the real Henry V!

CAMPING IN THE NATIONAL PARKS

Tiffany Lamb
Grades K-3
MONDAYS at 10am

Camping in the National Parks - Each week we will travel around the country exploring our national parks and learning survival and camping skills during our adventures. Stories, history, camp style crafts, art projects, and team work will provide us with some essential information for when we are able to actually travel to these gorgeous locations. 

Supplies list will be sent before class starts.

TIME TRAVELERS

Martha Zittel
Grades K-3
MONDAYS at 11am

What if we had a Time Machine and we were able to travel to the past

to meet the greatest superstars of History?

Diary of a Time Traveler by Nicholas Stevenson and David Long will take us in a journey

that begins at the dawn of civilization, through the coliseum in Roman times,

the Olympic games in Greece and  all the way to putting a man on the moon!

We will make a timeline of events and we will meet interesting characters like Lincoln, Einstein, Columbus, Mozart and many more…Along the way we will make lots of art and crafts to compliment your traveling journal.

NUTRITION and ANATOMY

Tiffany Lamb
MONDAYS at 1pm for Grades K-3

TUESDAYS at 11am for Grades 3-6 and 1pm for Grades K-3

We will learn the basics of the body systems and how to keep them healthy will proper nutrition.

YOGA

Tiffany Lamb
Grades K-3
MONDAYS at 2pm

Let's work on our strength and balance as we practice different yoga routines aimed to aid in sleep, get energy balance, learn mindfulness, and maintain peace.

OREGON TRAIL

Tiffany Lamb
TUESDAYS at 9am for Grades 3-6
THURSDAYS at 11am for Grades K-3

Learn about the challenges of traveling the Oregon Trail in search of a better life. We will read stories, make crafts, study history, and simulate our own journey west as a class. Can we make it all the way to California? Supplies list will be sent before class starts.

STORYTIME CRAFTS

Tiffany Lamb
Grades K-3
THURSDAYS at 1pm

Each class we will read a fun story that teaches a positive lesson and then we will work together to create arts and crafts that go along with our story. 
Supplies list will be sent before class starts.

MATH and MOVEMENT

Tiffany Lamb
TUESDAYS at 10am for Grades 3-6 and 2pm for Grades K-3
THURSDAYS at 2pm for Grades K-3

Grades K-3

Basic addition and subtraction facts are practiced as we stretch and exercise. This class will help in simple mental math skills and teach lifelong fitness habits.

Grades 3-6

Basic multiplication and division facts are practiced as we stretch and exercise. This class will help in simple mental math skills and teach lifelong fitness habits.

HOW TO BUILD A UNIVERSE

Reese Taylor
Grades 3-6
THURSDAYS at 10am

In this class we will explore the elements that make up our amazing universe from Hydrogen to Iron. Students will begin to get familiar with the periodic table and with the personalities of some of the most common and significant chemical elements.

BUILDING BLOCKS OF BIOLOGY

Reese Taylor
Grades 6-9
THURSDAYS at 1pm

In this class we will explore some of the basic systems that help make life on earth possible. From ATP production to mycelium networks, students will get a chance to explore a sampling of the tiny hidden mechanisms that make our planet so dynamic. This deeper understanding will be achieved through lectures/stories/videos, research, drawing, and mixed media presentations. By the end of the class students will have a beautiful portfolio of everything they learned during our time together.

MAD SCIENTISTs: History of the Elements (Chemistry)

Reese Taylor
Grades 6-9 
THURSDAYS at 2pm

Using various sources I will share with the students a behind the scenes look at how the elements of the periodic table were discovered and/or used throughout history. This class will be one part chemistry, one part history, and one part psychological thriller. If you think learning about  nitrogen is boring, think again! As we explore the story of Haber and how he used nitrogen to create chemical weapons during WWI, we will also be learning about the structure of molecules and the importance of the electro-magnetic forces that hold everything in our universe together and make matter behave the way it does.

The FABULOUS 20th CENTURY

Olivia Spencer
Grades 6-9
MONDAYS at 10am

*While this class is designed to complement Figures of the 20th Century on Thursdays, it can also stand alone*


From the invention of the elevator to Y2K hysteria, we’ll take a look at the movements, fashions, upheavals and discoveries that characterized the century that students’ parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were born in. To soften some of the darker moments, we’ll be looking at wars through the popular music of the times.


Students will be strongly encouraged to immerse themselves in each decade via independent book reading, movie watching and music listening and to share what they learn with their peers via writing or art projects. Period costume always welcome!


Fall semester

1890-1940


Spring Semester

1940-1999

FIGURES OF THE 20th CENTURY

Olivia Spencer
Grades 6-9
THURSDAYS at 10am

*While this class is designed to complement That Fabulous Century on Mondays, it can also stand alone*


In this class, we’ll be viewing the 20th Century through the eyes of people who lived it, questioned it and demanded better of it! Decade by decade, step into the stories of the activists, artists, politicians, athletes, musicians, scientists and everyday folk who played a part in the great happenings that transformed the world. 


Every month or so, students will be tasked with investigating a person of interest (to them). This will include independent research and possible movie watching, music listening, and/or book reading. Notes will be taken! This research will be turned into a short report to educate their peers on the things they’ve learned.


Fall semester

1890-1940


Spring Semester

1940-1999

GEOMETRY

Olivia Spencer
Grades 6-9
MONDAYS at 11am

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GEOMETRIC CONSTRUCTIONS AND ART

Olivia Spencer
Grades 6-9
THURSDAYS at 11am

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMAN LIFE

Martha Zittell
Grades 3-6
MONDAYS at 1pm

 Who were the first humans? How did they survive, and how we now thrive? 

In this year-round class, we will explore our human beginnings: the first farmers, the first towns, early art, costumes through time, the discovery of metal, the origins of writing, gods and monsters, temples and palaces, advances in technology and science, music, dance, and theatre. We will talk about medicine, money, middle ages,  trading in the silk road, slavery, conquering. 

How early humanity's contributions impacted the present we live in and are shaping the route to our future as a species. 

Come and join! Bring a blank notebook and your desire to make art along the way.  

SUGGESTED NOTEBOOK

AMAZING ANIMALS

Martha Zittel
Grades K-3
THURSDYA at 9am

Do you like animals? Are you fascinated by all the creatures that habit this planet?
Come and join us! We will talk about animals, learn about their habitat, what they eat, how they sleep, and how many babies they have.
Do they have bones?
Do they have wings? 
Do they eat meat or they like their veggies? 
We will keep a journal with each of them. We will get our sculpting clay ad we make a small collection of the fantastic animals that roam the Earth. This class will require some modeling clay and a drawing pad.

50 STATES

Martha Zittel
Grades K-3
THURSDAYS at 10am

The vast expanse of the United States of America is filled with a great breadth of land, stories, and beauty. Get your backpack together and join us in this exploration around these 50 States of ours. We will discover the geography, the people, the food, the history, the flags and icons, and the fun facts about each state. There will be lots of Americana arts and crafts. Along the way, we will help each other put together a travel log to be enjoyed for years to come. This class is intended for the FALL and SPRING.

THE SCIENCE OF HARRY POTTER

Martha Zittell
Grades 3-6
THURSDAYS at 11am

A talking hat that can read your thoughts?
Not likely, but we can talk about neuroscience and the opportunity to see how your brain works. 
Did you say you want to use a broom to fly?
Well, let's discuss gravitational forces and aerodynamics before trying it out. 
J.K. Rowling's beloved series contains many of these examples that we can investigate through the lens of science. From the fantastic beast that got imprinted in fossils and sparked many legends to the world of owls, geometrical magic, Mesoamerican ball games, and carnivorous plants as deadly as the whomping willow.  
Muggles can be magical too. 
We will keep a journal of drawings of our scientific discussions. 
This class is intended for the FALL and SPRING.

ENTOMOLOGY: A WORLD OF INSECTS

Martha Zittel
Grades TK-2
TUESDAYS at 11am

This class is a lot fo fun for all those insect lovers! There are so many and so different! We will learn the scientific facts of different bugs and study their characteristics. Pond Bugs, Night Bugs, Bugs in our garden, and our House. Big Bugs, Little Bugs. We will study some scientists that were in love with them and that helped us understand more about those tiny creatures. We will keep a journal with all the insects we get to study.  Please make sure your child has and we will learn to draw some of those insects. Your child will need a blank notebook.  

SPACE SCIENCE

Martha Zittel
TUESDAYS at 1pm for Grades 6-9

THURSDAYS at 1pm for Grades 3-6

Do you know there is a Whale and a Heart in Pluto? How much would you weight in Jupiter? How fast is Light? Do you think humans will get to live on Mars?
Let's take a flight and explore outer space.
We will start with our home and learn Earth Science and life in our Blue Planet.
We will travel to the rest of our Solar System and beyond. We will talk about stars, galaxies, and constellations and the myths behind them.
We will see what comets, meteors, and meteorites are made of.
We will study our Moon and its phases.
And we will all learn about space travel and all the people that have made it possible.This class is intended for the FALL and SPRING.

ATLAS OF MYTHS, MONSTERS, AND LEGENDS

Martha Zittel
Grades 3-6
Thursdays at 2pm

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Did Thor pretend to marry a frost giant to get Mjölnir, his beloved hammer, back?
Did you know that according to the Aztecs, we are living in the 5th Sun? 
Trying to understand the forces of nature is one of the reasons why many myths and legends,
although varied, carry similar messages. 
Was Quetzalcoatl full of feathers, did Pele indeed had skirts of lava,
and how about a Japanese eight-headed serpent? 
Menehunes, Olympian Gods, Baba Yaga, Big Foot, werewolves are some of the myths, legends, and monsters we will learn about in our travels around the world. Drawing will be a big part of our adventures.
This class is intended for the FALL and SPRING.

HERSTORY: Cross-Stitching Portraits of Women Who Changed the World

Martha Zittel
Grades 3-9
THURSDAYS at 3pm
Moms are Welcome

Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Susan B. Anthony, Virginia Woolf. These are some of the women that we will encounter in our cross stitching journey. Let's Get to know their stories, what made them courageous and seemingly fearless. With Aida cloth in hand, we will discover the simple, yet beautiful art of using this one basic stitch from the embroidery world to create portraits of women that changed the world. 

 If you ever wanted to learn how to cross-stitch, join us for a session of patterns and incredible heroines. 

Moms are welcome.

INTRO to COMIC BOOK ART

Michael Zittel
Grades 6-9
THURSDAYS 10-Noon
2 HOUR CLASS

Whether your taste in comics is the Marvelverse, Telgemeier, or Manga, we can’t deny the increasing recognition of comics as an art form. From the pop culture presence of comic conventions across the world to its impact on the film industry, the comic book art form is alive and well. In this class we will explore and appreciate the history of the comic book medium, practice fundamental drawing skills, learn basics of anatomy, character development, study visual story telling, and practice the essential mediums of penciling and inking giving you the foundations to start your own comic book series.

LITERATURE: HOLES

Erika K.
Grades 4-6
MONDAYS at 2pm

In this class, we will be reading the Newberry Medal Award and National Book Award winning novel "HOLES," by Louis Sachar.  We will take an in-depth approach to studying and analyzing this unique story which centers around Stanley Yelnats, a boy who is wrongly accused of a crime and sent to a juvenile detention camp where he meets a variety of strange and interesting characters.  This class combines critical and creative thinking, new vocabulary, sentence construction and grammar, the use of irony, an introduction to metaphors and similes, a study of the desert biome, and creative hands-on projects tied into the story's central themes.  This is a captivating and darkly humorous tale of punishment and redemption that will stay with you long after the book ends... Come join the adventure!

MUSIC WITH SARA (SPANISH)

Sara Quintanar

Grades K-3

MONDAYS at 9am

In this special new class, Early Childhood Music Specialist, Sra. Sara will teach Spanish through Music and Movement. In this upbeat online class, Sara will teach vocal technique, songs in Spanish to develop fluency, and movement to keep students engaged while they learn. In each class, K-3 and 3-6, students will learn age appropriate songs and dances. Students will also learn basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and conversation.

Los Angeles

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