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What’s Up

This is a open space for teens to talk about current events in the teen world. It’s a platform for them to give and get feedback and not feel judged. Topics could include current events, peer pressure, bullying, movies, politics, religion, relationships among family, friends and significant others, any other hot topics that they are being affected by. The topics are chosen by them. I will help facilitate a healthy conversation or topics if they need help. They won’t always agree with each other but we will learn to put those aside and walk away from class appreciating each person and their views. Each semester we try to do a team building exercise by taking a field trip to an Escape room.( separate charge from class) I do encourage the kids to continue discussing topics covered at home among their family.This is for ages 13-19 **This class runs for two consecutive periods **

This semester we will explore a variety of ethics vs. morals topics along with our normal array of topics.

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CIVICS IS DEAD! WHO KILLED IT?

“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.

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Sustainable Living

Principles of sustainable gardening and building. A simple outline of Earthship and permaculture philosophies and techniques. Building with natural and up-cycled materials, the basics of passive heating and cooling, solar power, ecologically friendly wastewater treatment, rainwater harvesting and filtration, and wildlife friendly food production. Exploring ways we can improve our interactions with the natural world around us and build a more secure and abundant future. Cob building. Eco-bricks. The wonderful world of plants.

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Project TikTok

This class is a fun and SAFE way to enjoy TikTok! We will learn some of the popular dances – like the RENEGADE – as well as make up our own! Not a dancer? Don’t let that stop you from joining the fun! There’s so much you can do on TikTok … tell a joke, play an instrument, sing a song, do a trick, cook, exercise, YOU NAME IT! If you have a passion for something (ANYTHING) and/or a skill or talent that you want to share then this is the class for you! Let’s get creative and see what we can come up with.

The first few weeks we’ll learn some popular TikTok dances and discuss/view some other favorites that showcase different skills/talents. We’ll also learn more about the platform: The basics of posting – editing, tagging, captions, SAFETY, etc. What is an algorithm and what does that have to do with TikTok? (See parents? This is educational!) How do popular creators “blow up” so quickly? We’ll discuss project ideas and settle on a group project for everyone that will most likely be movement/dance related (but we will find something for non-dancers to do if they do NOT want to dance). The rest of the semester will focus on our group project and individual projects you would like to create on your own.

I’ll be running a group TikTok account just for this class and participants can run their own accounts with the help of their parents or manage their own if they’re old enough. Having your own account is not required for participation in this class.

***TikTok accounts are for ages 13 and up and the age for this class is recommended for 9 and up. I welcome students of any age if they are excited to create and can follow along. If we view some TikTok examples, I will do my best to keep them all clean and appropriate, but this is a social media platform that has content of all kinds. Anyone under 13 years should definitely have parental supervision and/or permission to use the app.***

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Expressive Watercolor

Explore watercolor in this supportive virtual studio environment. Each week we will explore a new watercolor technique and students will create their own imagery. We will explore masking, blending, lettering, washes, and other techniques. This will be a fun relaxing class for students that enjoy art for relaxation and expression. All supplies will be supplied by the teacher. Advanced and returning art students, please contact Sara for help finding the best course offering for you.

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D&D and Social Skills Group

This online Dungeons & Dragons class will focus on cooperation, sharing, courtesy and appropriate team building. Over the course of the class, players will learn social skills through the imaginative world of role play games. We use Roll20 and the Discord app to play online.

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Math Foundations Level 2

Pick up where Level 1 ends. Students should already know their multiplication and division facts. We will learn all about decimals, fractions, negative numbers, and more! After this class students can move into Beginning Algebra or take Level 2 B if they would like a deeper understanding and extra practice with these concepts.

*Extra review class will be held from 10-10:50 am 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.

If you have any questions about what level your child is in, please email lovelearningfl@gmail.com.

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Novel Writing Workshop

Did you ever want to write a novel? Is there a story that keeps coming to you in little bits and pieces? This is a workshop for people who WANT to write. You will be expected to write outside of class. In class we will: develop story ideas; create complex characters; act as a community; share what we’ve written; even critique each other’s works.

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Level 1/Intermediate Martial Arts

This Martial Arts practice provides self-defense skills, fitness, concentration and focus, confidence, awareness and centering. Suitable for beginners.

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Humanities and Archaeology

One of the most important aspects of human civilization is the art that developed along with us. We’ll go back to the dawn of time and explore some of the important works of art and architecture that still mean something to us.
When you travel it is meaningful to have knowledge of the things you may see in this world. Having context of history, technique, and meaning will make these masterpiece even more meaningful.

Angel is an archaeology major and former humanities teacher so the course will focus on the history as well as the cultural meanings. This course will focus on Western Humanities artifacts.
We’ll learn about these works of art or locations and do crafts or experiments of our own afterwards.

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