Spring 2010

Classes for Parents

Belly Dancing for Moms (Sharon Barnes)
Moms, come treat yourself to an introduction to the ancient art of belly dance. Your cares will melt away as you relax through warm-ups, tone with isolations, and undulate across the floor. Expect to laugh a little (life’s best medicine for whatever ails you) and have a good time. Wear comfortable clothing, bare feet or socks, but leave your ego at the door. ($120 for the semester, or three installments of $43.)


Classes for Multiple Ages

Tai Chi (Lisa De Angelis)
Would you like to enhance your overall health, improve your energy level and help prevent illness? If so, Tai Chi/Qigong (pronounced “chi kung”) is the class for you. Both Tai Chi and Qigong are internal Chinese meditative practices using slow, graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques. We will learn the 19 movements of a Qigong form, as well as a basic Tai Chi form, which is a soft martial art whose aim is to increase longevity and overall good health. The simple movements coordinate with breathing exercizes to help relax the muscles, nervous system, and mind. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to breathe deeply and center your chi. Class is open to adults and 13+ age group. ($120 for the semester or 3 payments of $44)

Irish Dance (Mary Fein)
Don’t miss this great introduction to the world of Irish step dancing, one of the most exciting dance forms. Participants will learn the foundation steps of traditional Irish Step dancing. Foundations steps taught will be incorporated into individual steps and group Ceili dances (k-lee). This is a non-competitive class. Senior class requires permission of instructor. ($134 for the semester or three payments of $54.)

Introduction to Drawing and Printmaking (April Taylor-Martin)
Throughout this 15 week course, students will be encouraged to explore their own drawing subject matter while also learning the elements and principles of art (line, shape, form, color, texture, value…) through various media and techniques. I propose to give them a basic understanding of how to render what they see from life, how to draw human facial and body proportion, how to use perspective to show the illusion of space, and how to use value to create the illusion of depth. While learning these basic drawing techniques we will discuss the works of contemporary and past artists to help us understand the meaning of making art today. We will learn to use media such as graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, and colored pencil, as well as basic relief printing techniques. Class is open to children ages 10 and older. ($160 or $60 x 3) The HSoBX administration chooses to subsidize this class by purchasing the supplies used by the group as we are committed to offering high quality classes at an affordable price. Any additional contributions to this fun would be much appreciated.

Championship Chess (Kala Dawson)
Chess works your brain in all kinds of ways: spatial aptitude, perceptive speed, reasoning, creativity, and concentration. Coach Kala starts with three pawns on each side of the board, and adds pieces one by one, teaching strategy to advanced players, basic game play to beginners. Students learn to be confident decision makers, honorable players, and critical thinkers. Ages 6+ are welcome, students with similar abilities will be paired. Books, DVDs, and travel chess sets are available for purchase, but not necessary. Coach Kala will bring everything needed for the class. You can find out more about the curriculum he uses here. This semester, Coach offers us two sections of chess, capped at 10 students each. The younger class will be co-operative, emphasis on learning the moves and strategies. The older class will be competitive, emphasis on matches and using strategies. Enrollment in the older class is by instructor permission. ($150 for the semester or 3 payments of $55)

Classes for ages 4-5

Play and Learn (Patricia Richman)
Join us! as we playfully learn about the world around us. We will explore numbers, letters, history, geography, physical science, life science and the animal kingdom. We use stories, crafts, music, songs and guided activities as we play and learn. This is the weekly, Montessori based preschool experience you’ve been looking for! Please note: This is a two hour long block-class. One hour of class is only available with special permission from the instructor. ($220 for the semester, or three payments of $80)

Junior Irish Dance (Mary Fien)
A fun introduction to this popular and exciting dance form for the littlest dancers. Only 30 minutes long, this is the perfect way for your little dancer to learn the foundation steps and get up to speed to join our higher level classes in future semesters, without getting overtired in an hour long class or having to keep up with much bigger children. Appropriate for 5-6 year olds. Meets during lunch (12:00) for 30 minutes. ($75.00 for the full 15 week semester or three payments of $30.00.)

Classes for ages 6-9

The Aeneid: Elementary Literature, Enrichment Track (Lydia Netzer)
Are we ready to found an empire, or what? The Aeneid is the foundation myth of the Roman Empire, an epic poem in the style of Homer’s Odyssey that follows the hero Aeneas from Troy to Italy. Meet gods and monsters, visit Carthage and sail the Mediterranean in this child-friendly encounter with one of the most canonized works of literature in Western civilization. We’ll sing songs, make crafts, memorize Virgil in Latin, set history to music, and learn about Ancient Rome. Enrichment track will focus on understanding the action and adventure, and learning about the Roman gods, with no writing or reading in class and no homework. Perfect for beginning readers and writers, or for students whose parents are looking for a more social/fun experience in class, and are less interested in completing homework. ($115 for semester or three installments of $45. Two child discount: $85 for the semester or three installments of $35).

Trotting Around the Globe: (Rosemary Ayres)
Hop in my magic van (thanks to the Road Trippers, it now has amazing, magical features, not the least of which enables it to fly!) After obtaining a passport, we will travel the globe, stopping in various countries, on various continents.This class will build on basic map and geography skills, expanding to larger concepts. We’ll learn about different climates, time zones, latitude and longitude, and how the world population has changed. We will have fun while learning by playing games and exploring through hands-on activities such as designing our own country and making butterfly wing art. ($120 for the semester or three installments of $45)

Cultural Cinderkids (Patricia Richman)
What would you want your fairy godmother to be? A Fish? An Ox? A Pig? Which cultures value the size of your feet, big or small? Which culture values what you can make? Where is food most valuable? Where is Cinderella told with a boy as the main character? You can answer all these questions and more as we travel the world with Cinderella and Cinderlad. This familiar tale will take us to Egypt, China, Africa, Ireland, Mexico and many other cultures. We will compare and contrast various versions of Cinderella, learn some critical reading skills and examine different aspects of each culture. Each student will also craft his or her own Cinderkid story during the course of the semester. ($115 for the semester, or three payments of $45)

Monart
The Monart Drawing Method creates a comfortable and non-competitive atmosphere where students can experience the joy of artistic expressino. Students receive enough structural guidance to be successful and enough freedo to be independently creative. Just as we are taught the ABC’s of phonetic rules in learning to read, and musical notes and scales to play an instrument, the Monart Method teaches the individual to perceive the world through five basic elements of shape and how to translate that information onto a flat surface using a variety of mediums. Equally important, the students are taught that there is not a right or wrong way to draw and that they have permission to explore any interpretation of the information they wish. Individuality is encouraged, so there is wonderful variety of interpretation derived from each project. ($150 for the semester or three installments of $60) The HSoBX administration chooses to subsidize this class by purchasing the supplies used by the group as we are committed to offering high quality classes at an affordable price. Any additional contributions to this fun would be much appreciated.

Magic! Magic! (Daria Ballard)
In this class you’ll learn magic tricks such as “Money from Nowhere,” “Seeing the Future,” “Invisible Rain,” “Moon Mirror,” “The Mystic Triangle,” and “Water From a Stone.” We’ll design and craft the trick, and practice and perform for eachother (and obliging parents). We’ll also look at the path of magic by learning about some famous magicians, their tricks and styles, from Isaac Fawkes in 1726 and Houdini in 1920 to Doug Henning and Jeff McBride. We’ll also have a magic performance at the end of the semester where each student will perform their favorite magic trick. ($100 for semester, or three payments of $40, includes all supplies).

Classes for ages 9-12

The Aeneid: Elementary Literature: Academic Track (Lydia Netzer)
Are we ready to found an empire, or what? The Aeneid is the foundation myth of the Roman Empire, an epic poem in the style of Homer’s Odyssey that follows the hero Aeneas from Troy to Italy. Meet gods and monsters, visit Carthage and sail the Mediterranean in this child-friendly encounter with one of the most canonized works of literature in Western civilization. We’ll sing songs, make crafts, memorize Virgil in Latin, set history to music, and learn about Ancient Rome. Academic track will focus on Virgil’s Rome, and how the Aeneid represented traditional Roman values and beliefs in a time after the Republic and before the Empire. We’ll study Roman culture and history, and read parts of the Aeneid in classical translation. There will be in-class writing and reading, and facts to study at home for in-class quizzes. If you are a native speaker of Latin, this is the class for you! 😉 ($115 for semester or three installments of $45. Two child discount: $85 for the semester or three installments of $35).

It’s My Business! (Deva Brockett)
It really is your business as you start up our own business and learn about entrepreneurship. This class is based on the Junior Achievement curriculum that puts a strong focus on social studies, reading, and writing skills. We will explore aspects of what makes a business work and have fun with creative marketing. Join us for lots of fun games and group projects. Students will also let their imaginations fly when they make up their very own business as an ongoing semester project. ($120 for the semester or 3 payments of $44.)

Philosophy: The Young Philosopher (Deva Brockett)
Put on those thinking caps and don your robes, in this discussion based class you will explore life’s big questions through a series of games and popular children’s books. We will discuss fairness, compassion, prejudice, love, and other topics in this secular class, while learning about the major thinkers like Plato, Martin Luther King Jr., Socrates, and Aristotle. We will also dive deep into of our favorite books like Harry Potter, The Little Prince, Where the Wild Things Are, to dig up those philosophical questions such as: Can you feel loneliness and love at the same time? Can you be happy and sad at the same time? Is life fair?
During our weeks together you too will get to pick your favorite book, song, or poem to bring to the class discussion. This class will help you discover your own answers to life’s big questions, with the understanding and skills to explore other questions that come your way. ($120 for the semester or three installments of $44)

The Juicy Term Paper (Melina Winterton)
Students in this online class are working on properly formatted research papers from a variety of fields. Older students are using official MLA or APA formatting. We are tackling this in cumulative, bite-sized lessons over the semester. We are exploring concepts like summation, intellectual property rights, plagiarism, citation formats, logical flow, research organization skills, definition of terms, drawing conclusions, transitional paragraphs, source exclusion and validation, and artistic expression in non-fiction research writing. Each week, I’ll be reading, editing, commenting, and personally tailoring non-fiction writing lessons for every participant. I’ll also hold online office hours where students are encouraged to present specific questions and challenges. We’ll be learning how to use collaborative online working environments and digging into online research techniques. This is a homework intensive class; expect to spend about 3 hours per week researching, thinking, writing, and editing. You can visit the class website here.
Limit 8 participants.
For ages 10 and up, by permission of instructor, please email Melina (melina@hsobx.org) to register.
$150 for 15 weeks or 3 installments of $56
PayPay preferred: melina@3676.net

Biology (Ginny Harvey)
Using the RealScience-4-Kids Biology I textbook, we’ll explore biology starting with cells and working up to plants and animals. Along the way, we’ll learn about taxonomy and classifications, microscopes, photosynthesis, genetics, life cycles and ecosystems, squeezing in some history of science along the way! Kids will be expected to read chapters on their own at home, and we will do the lab work in class. Additional labs will include microscope work, owl pellets and dissection. Required: Real Science 4 Kids Biology Level I text and lab sheets – $150 for the semester or 3 payments of $50 (this includes a materials fee)

Classes for ages 13 and up

Philosophy: Questioning Life’s Big Ideas (Deva Brockett)
Can computers think? Does a tree make sound if it falls in the forest with no one around? Can you lie to yourself?
In this discussion based class we will explore Ethics and Knowledge in a fun and engaging secular setting. We will play games and study the major thinkers of our time from Aristotle, Plato, Martin Luther King Jr, and even Shel Silverstein and Maurice Sendak. During the course you will pick a topic that you will share with the entire class, maybe it is your favorite book, your favorite song, and we will flush out the philosophical questions together has a class. We will explore life’s deep questions while getting a dose of history and art at the same time. This class will help you discover your own answers to life’s big questions, and give you the critical thinking skills to ask some questions of your own. ($120 for the semester or three installments of $44)

The Juicy Term Paper (Melina Winterton)
Students in this online class are working on properly formatted research papers from a variety of fields. Older students are using official MLA or APA formatting. We are tackling this in cumulative, bite-sized lessons over the semester. We are exploring concepts like summation, intellectual property rights, plagiarism, citation formats, logical flow, research organization skills, definition of terms, drawing conclusions, transitional paragraphs, source exclusion and validation, and artistic expression in non-fiction research writing. Each week, I’ll be reading, editing, commenting, and personally tailoring non-fiction writing lessons for every participant. I’ll also hold online office hours where students are encouraged to present specific questions and challenges. We’ll be learning how to use collaborative online working environments and digging into online research techniques. This is a homework intensive class; expect to spend about 3 hours per week researching, thinking, writing, and editing. You can visit the class website here.
Limit 8 participants.
For ages 10 and up, by permission of instructor, please email Melina (melina@hsobx.org) to register.
$150 for 15 weeks or 3 installments of $56
PayPay preferred: melina@3676.net

Teen Book Club (Lisa DeAngelis and Carla Lindquist)
An adult moderated and facilitated group, the Teen Book Club will be a mostly teen-led class. We intend to steer the teens in the direction of a few classics as well as a couple of fun, contemporary books with the final choices being left up to them. We will supply questions as a sort of jumping off point to get the conversational juices flowing each week. Other than keeping up with the reading and joining in the discussions, there is really no other “homework” planned. This class is meant to encourage reading and to allow the teens to have enjoyable discussion s with their peers about the books they read. ($40 for the semester or 3 installments of $15).

Cryptography Club (Ginny Harvey)
Did you ever wonder how spies really keep their reports secret? How confidential information can be sent over the Internet? Did you ever want to send a secret note that only your friend will understand? We’ll start with simple Caesar ciphers to get warmed up, and then move on to substitution, key word, and frequency analysis ciphers. We’ll learn about the Enigma cipher, the Navajo Code talkers, modern public key encryption systems, and how to hide email messages in plain sight. Fair warning: this class does include some math, like finding averages and percentages. No book required, just come with your minds and pencils sharp. ($130 for the semester or 3 payments of $45)