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Advanced Algebra

Learn Algebra beyond linear equations! This class will prepare students for the PERT*, college entrance exams, and college algebra. Students should already know multiplication, fractions, decimals, and beginning algebra (solving for x and linear equations).

*PERT prep class also available. Email for PERT Class information.

*Extra review class will be held from 11:00-11:50 pm on Tuesdays for an extra $60. During this time we will practice skills learned and play additional games. This will start the Tuesday following the first LOL class.

Payment Instructions: Zelle, Cash App, Venmo, Paypal, Bitcoin, Check (sent in the mail)

If you have any questions about what level your child is in, please email


OWL Sexuality Education Grades 7-9 (ages 13-15!)

OWL classes

This requires parent participation for the first session, and then as a continuing contact throughout the course, but parents are not required to be present for each session.

Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.

Our Whole Lives Offers…
* Accurate information presented in developmentally appropriate ways
* Affective and emotional learning
* Guiding values and principles
* Activities that help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
* A safe and supportive peer group
* Acceptance of diversity
* A social justice approach to inclusive sexuality education
* Step-by-step instructions for program promotion, implementation, and facilitation
* Parent orientation that affirms parents as their children’s primary sexuality educators

Our Whole Lives Values…
While Our Whole Lives is secular, it is not value-free. The program gives clear messages about the following key sexuality issues:
* self worth
* sexual health
* responsibility
* justice and inclusivity

Our Whole Lives recognizes and respects the diversity of participants with respect to biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability status. The activities and language used throughout the program have been carefully chosen to be as inclusive as possible of this human diversity.

Who Uses Our Whole Lives?
Our Whole Lives is used in faith communities as well as by public, charter, and private schools; after-school programs; youth groups; home schoolers; colleges; correctional facilities; and groups in other settings. Although developed by two religious organizations, Our Whole Lives contains no religious references or doctrine.

Our Whole Lives: Approaches that Work
Our Whole Lives covers topics and skills that both parents and students want to have available but schools are less likely to cover. National surveys show that most parents, along with educators and students themselves, would expand sex education courses and curriculum. Our Whole Lives is an excellent way to accomplish that goal.

Our Whole Lives curricula are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (PDF) produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education, and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). In every category of assessment, the curriculum meets or exceeds the National Standards for Sexuality Education Core Curriculum, K-12.

Sexuality Education for Grades 7 – 9

A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.

Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded. Although the curriculum was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, this course is completely secular and free of specific religious doctrine or reference. However, the underlying values of the program reflect the justice-oriented traditions of both denominations.
This course is comprised of twenty-five ninety-minute workshops, and may require two semesters.


Freaky Friday

Join us to share in a different themed class each week. This will be a relaxed way to get together and see some friends. Most classes will consist of showing and sharing something. Some weeks will be a group Zoom game.


Beginner/Intermediate diablo

Whether you are just now picking up diablo or have been using one for a little bit this class is for you. We will be learning all different kinds of trick ranging from throwing it 20 feet in the air to magic knots that make it look like it goes right threw the string. I hope to see you there.

Course fee includes the cost for the diablo that you get to keep.
I will be delivering the diablo and measuring the sting for you before the first class while remaining socially distant.



“I have my rights!” Everyone likes to shout about “rights!” But, what does that mean in a democracy? Does citizenship not carry both rights and responsibilities? The founding fathers recognized that the health of democracy lies with its citizens and their “knowledge, skill and civic virtues.” Yet, most Americans couldn’t even pass the Citizenship test. So what’s gone wrong…and why?

This class will examine the components of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the three branches of government. We will look at civic duties, civic disposition and civil disobedience. And we will compare and contrast the different forms of Government around the world.

Our class project will put democracy into action. Students will debate and vote on 2 topics or issues (such as animal rights, global warming, voting rights etc.) They will design and run a campaign during the school semester. Love of Learning members will vote and choose a winner… right in time for showcase and the looming presidential election.

Showcase presentation

**This class is being offered in two time slots, it is a single offering and not a two period class, please choose the time that best suits your schedule.


Acrylic Painting Beginners & Intermediate – Canvas, Paper and Wood

Come paint with us! Any skill level welcome.
Each week we will be creating a new canvas masterpiece to take home.
We will learn basics about colors and mixing. Also valuable for any age.
Our paintings will vary from sunsets, beach scapes and mountains to flowers, hearts, butterflies, emojis, and more!
Several pieces will be created around different themes and holidays (Fall, Winter, Halloween, etc.)
Parents and kids can also paint canvases that join together (just ask me about this).
***If you want canvases and wood from me, the fee is $25. Other materials needed will come in a list. I can drop off the canvas/wood or you can pick up from me.
***I will put together a list of materials and links. The list will include canvases and wood if you don’t want to pick them up from me.


Culinary Adventures

This is 1 class that is 2 periods long.

Join us for culinary adventures around the globe. We will cook dishes from other countries, using unique cooking tools to those countries. I may have some family/friends introduce their country, culture, possibly some history, and speak on the dishes we will be cooking; we will also be going on a couple field trips to a couple of different ethnic stores to learn about unique ingredients; parent/guardians will need to be present on these days.
Some classes may be outside to be exposed to some of the tools.
I will make accommodations for gluten-free and vegan.
Parents will need to provide for their child:
plastic cutting, board
knives, peeler, plastic shoe box for knives and peeler,
old shirt or apron.

Disclaimer: We will be using real cutlery; your child should know basic knife skills or able to learn them. Know there are risks in the kitchen your child may be exposed to such as cuts and possibly burns. Even professionals experience these.
Parents are responsible for their children knowing what they are allowed and not allowed to consume, regarding dietary restrictions and allergies. For Gluten Free and Vegan families, if the gluten free and vegan ingredients are significantly more expensive, you will be responsible for supplying those ingredients for your child. Example: if we make spanikopita, you will be responsible for providing the gluten free phyllo. If we make spaghetti, your ingredient will be provided. I will keep you informed of this on a week to week basis as we decide the menu.
Age 9-11 parental involvement is a must for the first time we use the knives. I want to make sure your child has adequate knife skills before they will be an independent student in our class.


LOL Craft Class

Come and create holiday and seasonal crafts with us (we will do some non-holiday crafts too.)
We will using all sorts of materials including, but not limited to, the following:
Beads, magazines, leather, wood, glue, card stock, markers, cloth, paper, yarn, paint, newspaper and more.

**I will be passing out a package of materials we will use in the crafts. I can either come to your house or you can pick them up from me. **
**There will also be a materials list of items to be supplied by the parents (such as glue, scissors, etc.) ***


Breakout! Escape Room Challenges (Ages 7-8)

Join me for a weekly virtual escape room! I will use a variety of different types of virtual locks (directional, numerical, alphabetical and key) to guide you to escape! In our ZOOM classroom I will be able to share my screen which will show the current puzzle. Students will be able to “write” on the screen and discuss possible outcomes to solve the puzzles. Together they will work through the puzzles and race against the clock. I’ll be actively facilitating the “escape room” and will make sure everyone has a chance to be involved in the puzzle solving. Each week we will have a different set of clues for the students to work through and figure out in order to discover each lock’s unique combination, and if the teams get all of the locks open within the allotted time period, they WIN! The themes of the escape rooms will change weekly and we will cover a variety of puzzle skills! Come and BREAKOUT with me 🙂

Skills needed: Critical thinking and have the ability to work together with others.

**I’m still hopeful to be able to schedule an actual escape room field trip for the end of the semester!**


FunWithBots Robotics 3-5

Students at all experience levels will have an opportunity to learn about robotics using LEGO Mindstorms and LEGO WeDo® robotics materials as well as LEGO DACTA educational kits as a base. Activities include learning about sturdy design, exploring mechanical and structural engineering concepts, learning logic and coding in the LEGO programming languages, and will learn the importance of troubleshooting and debugging as a coding skill. Students will have an opportunity to join a competition FIRST LEGO League team if there is enough interest. Class is open to students ages 4-18 and students work in small groups with peers in their age range. Returning students work on NEW CHALLENGES to advance their learning.

If a student joins a team, parents are expected to assist with timely completion of homework assignments as assigned from time to time to ensure the success of the team in presentations and competitions, to provide transportation to and from Expos and Tournaments, and to remain onsite at all off campus venues for Expos and Tournaments.

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