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Dungeons & Dragons 1

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Hail brave adventurers! Enter the world of Educational Role Play! Have fun playing
Dungeons & Dragons and learn at the same time. Explore treacherous and
foreboding lands of simple math, history, social studies, combat tactics and political
science.

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D&D: RUN THE WORLD’S BEST ROLE-PLAYING GAME

Learn how to run the “the world’s greatest role-playing game!” Ages 12+ encouraged to
attend. Learn the components of cooperative storytelling based on chance. Instructor
will provide basic materials. Adults and parents are also welcomed to take this course.

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Printmaking

Explore the art and craft of printmaking. We will explore analog methods like block printing, stamp carving, monoprinting, screenprinting, and more. We will also create a digital project.

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Exploring the Founding Documents of the United States of America

I hope to bring new interest and life to what many feel is the boring founding of the USA. Discussion and debate will be used through-out the class to explore what the founders might have really been thinking.

We will start with explore the documents sent from the colonies to the King of Britain and Parliament requesting a resolution to the problems being created in the Colonies. Reading these brings a new light to what the relationship might have been during the late 1700s. Ultimately, with the pleas in these petitions being ignored, further steps had to be taken, resulting in the Declaration of Independence.

We will briefly touch on and discuss both Common Sense by Thomas Paine as well as the Federalist Papers.

Finally, with the birth of a new country, the role and formation of the government was not a simple matter and we will study the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution including the Bill of Rights.

There will be weekly reading assignments outside of class, most of which can be found online, however having your own copy of the following will be of assistance:
Declaration of Independence
US Constitution including the Bill of Rights

Links will be provided for study of the other articles online.

With my extensive experience as a citizen lobbyist both within state and federal congresses, I have acquired a unique ability to talk about how our government was started and what the founding documents were about. I am a strong believer in an approach to history where you get to dive in and discuss many angles of any issue – we get to discover this way how nothing is black or white.

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Writers Club

This is a relaxed workshop to find your writer’s voice. Don’t worry about your handwriting, spelling, or grammar! This class is all about getting your unique thoughts down on paper to share with others. We will journal, brainstorm, doodle, sketch, mind-map, and use graphic organizers, to tackle writer’s block. We’ll play communication and vocabulary games, use a thesaurus to discover new words, dive into similes and metaphors, and more. I will help each student to complete one edited piece. Together, we will decide how we want to celebrate the completion, and share our writing. Come hang with us and find some joy in writing.

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Fun N Fitness

This high energy and motivating class will consist of calisthenics and a variety of active games and sports.

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Elemental Seasons

Join Ruthie and Krisula for a semester of the senses and the seasons! Taste herbal tisanes, smell herbal aromas, hear the heartbeat of the plants, feel the energy the seasons bring, and see the movements of the animal guides with tai chi. Enjoy games, crafting nature art and short hikes through the park for elemental adventures! In December we will showcase our learning with a presentation chosen by the students. Examples include a skit, demonstration, art display, song or other ideas! Weekly second hour of class is included the price!

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Fiber Art

Together, we will explore the soft and lovely world of yarn and sewing from an artistic perspective. Weaving, felting, needlepoint, knitting, crochet, spinning, sewing, embroidery, and fiber sculpture will be explored. No experience with fiber arts required.

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Middle School Classics Book Reading Club

We will read an average of 3 to 4 books in a 12 week period, the final books decided on will be up to the learners in the section.

In the first class we will be going over interest and speed of reading. I will offer a list of books for the learners to vote on. My objective will be to create an interest and love of reading before we even start.

By the end of the first class we will know which books we are going to read together (taking in to account any books the learners present might have already read so we don’t repeat on anyone – unless requested).

Books I will recommend include:
Night by Elie Wiesel
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Where the Red Fern Grow by Wilson Rawls
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
**If a learners has an additional book they want to read, we will discuss it.**

Before we start each book we will discuss the important aspects of the book, anything historic they should know about and any concepts they should be aware of.

It will generally take about 2-4 weeks to complete the book (depending on the size of the book, I will let the learners know how long we will take once we decide on the book and set weekly reading targets).

Each week we will discuss what we have read, I will have questions to ask but generally I prefer to let the learners run the discussion. If movies have been made of the books, we may review scenes from the sections we just read and discuss those as well.

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Poetry at the Park

This workshop is perfect for students who already write poetry or have an interest. Rather than focusing on starting a poem, this class explores how to thoughtfully read and critique others’ poetry. Poets in this class will learn how to improve their writing, as well as how to be good readers and critics.

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