Apple Harvest

Fall Schedule 2020

Below is our Fall 2020 Class Schedule.

 

Your child is not required to register for classes in order to be a member of HAA.  The online registration form must be submitted for all members, including those who officially enroll in classes and those who choose not to enroll in classes.  You will find all fees and payment details in the online form.  

 

Classes beging September 14, 2020

Classes this autumn will be online.   

The Winter Schedule will be released in mid-December 2020.  Please contact us with future class or teacher requests.

Classes

Introduction To American Sign Language

Elementary Students Thursday 2:30-3:30

12 weeks

$110

In this course, children will learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, emotions, animals, family, basic conversational vocabulary and more! They will be doing so in an interactive and fun environment with many pictures, print-outs, and games. 

 

My name is Mercedes (she/her/hers). I am a sign language interpreter with over a decade of exposure and active involvement in the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing community, eight of those years being professional experience. I have taken Level I and Level II American Sign Language classes at Washtenaw Community College, but have found great respect and appreciation for being community taught by immersion. I have a nationally accepted Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) score of 4.0, ranking 5/5 on many of the assessment segments. My appreciation for the complexity of the language, the history of the community, the beauty of signing, and the desire to be my best for those that use sign language as their means of communication is the fuel behind my passion to learn and instruct with accuracy. When I am not working I am either volunteering with the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing/Deaf-Blind, at the CrossFit box, or eating! Fitness and Food are my second passions.

American Sign Language 

Middle/High School Students Thursday 1:30-2:30

12 weeks

$110

Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) 14-18 y/o. Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammatical structures/syntax, finger spelling, numbers, conversational skills, and cultural information. Students will work towards being able to initiate, sustain, and close out a simple interaction in the target language. ASL will be taught within contexts to general surroundings and daily experiences.

 

My name is Mercedes (she/her/hers). I am a sign language interpreter with over a decade of exposure and active involvement in the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing community, eight of those years being professional experience. I have taken Level I and Level II American Sign Language classes at Washtenaw Community College, but have found great respect and appreciation for being community taught by immersion. I have a nationally accepted Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) score of 4.0, ranking 5/5 on many of the assessment segments. My appreciation for the complexity of the language, the history of the community, the beauty of signing, and the desire to be my best for those that use sign language as their means of communication is the fuel behind my passion to learn and instruct with accuracy. When I am not working I am either volunteering with the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing/Deaf-Blind, at the CrossFit box, or eating! Fitness and Food are my second passions.

Anti-Racism

K-2nd grade Thursday 11:30-12:30

12 weeks

$110

This 12 part workshop is designed to help young people develop an understanding of the history of racism in the United States, learn about the ways that people have fought against it, and have created joy and purpose in their lives despite it. Each session uses a Head, Heart, and Hands approach to learning, so participants are engaged holistically. Learners will also leave the series with tools they can use to resist racism, finding power in their age, race, ethnicity and all the parts of their identity.

 

We suggest that an adult is available to support children in the Kindergarten-2nd and 3rd-5th cohorts. 


This class is taught by Nuola Akinde (she/they).  She is the Founder and Facilitator of Kekrer Freedom school and the Curriculum & Culture Director of Black Men Read Kids www.bmrkids.org. Kekere Freedom School is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the occupied land of the Anishinaabe (People of the Three Fires.) We are an organization dedicated to decolonizing wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Our mission is to honor the power of young people and to liberate learners of all ages. We envision a thriving social ecosystem where all children and their loved ones are celebrated, living with joy and purpose.

Anti-Racism

3rd-5th Grade 

Thursday 1:30-2:30

12 weeks

$110

This 12 part workshop is designed to help young people develop an understanding of the history of racism in the United States, learn about the ways that people have fought against it, and have created joy and purpose in their lives, despite it. Each session uses a Head, Heart, and Hands approach to learning, so participants are engaged holistically. Learners will also leave the series with tools they can use to resist racism, finding power in their age, race, ethnicity and all the parts of their identity.

 

We suggest that an adult is available to support children in the Kindergarten-2nd and 3rd-5th cohorts. 

 

This class is taught by Nuola Akinde (she/they).She is the Founder and Facilitator of Kekrer Freedom school and the Curriculum & Culture Director of Black Men Read Kids www.bmrkids.org. Kekere Freedom School is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the occupied land of the Anishinaabe (People of the Three Fires.) We are an organization dedicated to decolonizing wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Our mission is to honor the power of young people and to liberate learners of all ages. We envision a thriving social ecosystem where all children and their loved ones are celebrated, living with joy and purpose.

Anti-Racism 

Middle School Thursday 12:30-1:30

12 weeks

$110

This 12 part workshop is designed to help young people develop an understanding of the history of racism in the United States, learn about the ways that people have fought against it, and have created joy and purpose in their lives, despite it. Each session uses a Head, Heart, and Hands approach to learning, so participants are engaged holistically. Learners will also leave the series with tools they can use to resist racism, finding power in their age, race, ethnicity and all the parts of their identity.


This class is taught by Nuola Akinde (she/they). She is the Founder and Facilitator of Kekrer Freedom school and the Curriculum & Culture Director of Black Men Read Kids www.bmrkids.org. Kekere Freedom School is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the occupied land of the Anishinaabe (People of the Three Fires.) We are an organization dedicated to decolonizing wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Our mission is to honor the power of young people and to liberate learners of all ages. We envision a thriving social ecosystem where all children and their loved ones are celebrated, living with joy and purpose.

Anti-Racism

High School Thursday 2:30-3:30

12 weeks

$110

This 12 part workshop is designed to help young people develop an understanding of the history of racism in the United States, and learn about the ways that people have fought against it, and created joy and purpose in their lives, despite it. Each session uses a Head, Heart, and Hands approach to learning, so participants are engaged holistically. Learners will also leave the series with tools they can use to resist racism, finding power in their age, race, ethnicity and all the parts of their identity.

 

This class is taught by Nuola Akinde (she/they). She is the Founder and Facilitator of Kekrer Freedom school and the Curriculum & Culture Director of Black Men Read Kids www.bmrkids.org. Kekere Freedom School is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the occupied land of the Anishinaabe (People of the Three Fires.) We are an organization dedicated to decolonizing wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Our mission is to honor the power of young people and to liberate learners of all ages. We envision a thriving social ecosystem where all children and their loved ones are celebrated, living with joy and purpose.

Art of Drawing Anime

6th-12th Grade

Friday 10:00-11:00

12 weeks

$110 + $42 materials fee

Are you ready to draw your favorite Anime characters or create your own? Don’t let your characters just stand there, bring them to life using action and movement. You will learn gure drawing, but with style and the creativity of the anime universe! Learn to create anime eyes, emotions, and the ever pesky anime hair! Course will also include learning to ink and color your work. Students will follow a video lesson, and each class will include a work guide. Then each student will receive a friendly critique by Keith and fellow students on Friday via Zoom.

 

Supply List:

9x12 drawing pad

2 drawing pencils

2 erasers- plastic

set of 12 prismacolor colored pencils

set of 8 sukura marker set

Total cost: $42.00

 

Keith McGuire (he/him/his) a self-taught watercolorist, graphic designer and art teacher. Keith’s works have been strongly influenced by the locations he has lived. West Florida, the hill country of Texas, and the Big Island of Hawaii have nurtured a deep love of nature and a variety of environments. Keith currently resides in Saline, MI, just outside of Ann Arbor. Keith McGuire also teaches watercolors and drawing for both adults and children. Keith has developed a deep passion for passing on what he has learned over 35 years. 

Art: Collage Techniques/Art Journaling

6th-12th Grade

Monday 11:00-12:00

6 weeks

$55

Collage Techniques and Art Journaling 

Create your own art journal to explore your thoughts, emotions and sense of self through expressive collage. We will learn different techniques and approaches of collage - the art of collecting and assembling images. Collage is a very accessible art form that is perfect for any level of artist or art style, it can be simple or very detailed, funny, beautiful or surreal so let your personality shine!

 

Sketchbook or stack of computer paper

magazines

scissors

glue stick

mod podge (optional)

other art materials - markers, pencils, pastels, fabric scraps (optional)


Stephanie Howells is a visual artist, teacher and community arts curator based in Detroit. Stephanie incorporates art therapy approaches to facilitate positive coping skills and general self-development. With experience working in classrooms, after-school programs, hospital settings and in residential care facilities, Stephanie uses art as a tool to help youth explore themselves and understand the world around them. Stephanie has been teaching after school art with Living Arts for 7 years.

 

Art Fundamentals of Drawing

6th-12th Grade

Friday 11:00-12:00

12 weeks

$110 + $45 materials fee

Want to draw, or want to improve your drawing? Drawing using the basic fundamentals

can set you on a path to drawing better, and developing your skills faster. See and draw the basic shapes within a subject then learn how to build your subject from the inside out. Learn how to shadow to create depth, and create more dynamic pictures with perspective drawing. Learn how to complete your images using pen and ink and/or working with colored pencils.

Students will follow a video lesson and then will receive a friendly critique by Keith and fellow students on Friday via Zoom.

 

Supply List:

9x12 drawing pad

6 drawing pencils

2 erasers- plastic/kneaded

set of 12 prismacolor colored pencils

set of 8 sukura marker set

Total cost: $45.00

 

Keith McGuire (he/him/his) a self-taught watercolorist, graphic designer and art teacher. Keith’s works have been strongly influenced by the locations he has lived. West Florida, the hill country of Texas, and the Big Island of Hawaii have nurtured a deep love of nature and a variety of environments. Keith currently resides in Saline, MI, just outside of Ann Arbor. Keith McGuire also teaches watercolors and drawing for both adults and children. Keith has developed a deep passion for passing on what he has learned over 35 years.

Art: Land and Nature Series

K-5th Grade

Monday 3:00-4:00

6 weeks

$55

We will explore the beauty of the natural world around us.  We will learn when it is okay to touch things in nature and when to leave it alone. Inspired by the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, we will create our own Land Art with materials we find outside in our backyards or local parks while learning about color, pattern, shape, balance, patience, appreciation and change.

 

An outdoor space (backyard or park)

A bag to collect items

A camera to document art

 

Stephanie Howells is visual artist, teacher and community arts curator based in Detroit. Stephanie incorporates art therapy approaches to facilitate positive coping skills and general self-development. With experience working in classrooms, after-school programs, hospital settings and in residential care facilities, Stephanie uses art as a tool to help youth explore themselves and understand the world around them. She has been teaching after school art with Living Arts for 7 years.

Art with Recycled Materials

3rd-8th Grade

Wednesday 1:00-2:00

6 weeks

$55

We will learn about the importance of recycling for the good of our planet while imagining ways we can make art from the things we normally throw away (or recycle)! It is important that we remember to first Reduce our amount of trash, then Reuse the things we can.... but after that we gotta make art, Recycled art!

 

Start collecting.... 

TP rolls

Cardboard like cereal boxes

Water bottles (if you use those)

Newspaper / Magazines

Twist Ties

Grocery bags

Bottle Caps

Anything else you can think of!

 

Stephanie Howells is visual artist, teacher and community arts curator based in Detroit. Stephanie incorporates art therapy approaches to facilitate positive coping skills and general self-development. With experience working in classrooms, after-school programs, hospital settings and in residential care facilities, Stephanie uses art as a tool to help youth explore themselves and understand the world around them. She has been teaching after school art with Living Arts for 7 years.

Art Sculpting with Model Magic

K-5th Grade

Wednesday 10:00-11:00

6 weeks

$55

We will learn about color mixing, shape and form playing with Model Magic, a squishy mess-free air-dry clay. We will play games and make sculptures of animals, food and other crazy creations with this colorful clay. *Note* This clay stays a bit soft even after it dries so it makes great refrigerator magnets but not so great for action figures or beads.

 

Model Magic (red yellow blue white -maybe place)

Zip Lock bags 

googly eyes (& glue if they aren't the sticker eyes)

Magnets kinda like these (optional - but super recommended)

DIY tools like popsicle sticks (optional)

 

**note about model magic - link is to a classroom pack of 75 assorted colors each student really only needs 1-3 packs per session so I would suggest several (maybe 4)  families go in on a box if that is convenient.

 

Stephanie Howells is visual artist, teacher and community arts curator based in Detroit. Stephanie incorporates art therapy approaches to facilitate positive coping skills and general self-development. With experience working in classrooms, after-school programs, hospital settings and in residential care facilities, Stephanie uses art as a tool to help youth explore themselves and understand the world around them. She has been teaching after school art with Living Arts for 7 years.

Basket Weaving Sampler 1 Napkin/Roll Basket

3rd Grade-Adult

Thursday 10:00-12:00

1 week

Prices vary by project

NAPKIN / ROLL BASKET

September 17  $27.00

BEGINNER LEVEL

(this kit will make either of these baskets)

SKILLS TAUGHT

Set up base pack and shape

Keeper row rim row

Upsett Cut and Tuck

Over/Under weave Lash

Overlap Finishing

roll basket is 7” x 10” x 4”, napkin basket is 8” x 8” x 4”

Kathy's (she/her/hers) basket making habit began with her mother some 20 years ago. Her mom started weaving baskets while Kathy was living overseas. When she moved back home, her mom gave her a handmade basket. Great as a handmade basket is, that one came with a string attached. If Kathy wanted any more...she'd have to learn to make them herself. With that, Kathy and her mom began taking classes together and went on weaving for years before becoming involved in other activities.Kathy is now an owner/instructor with a special gift of teaching children's classes in basket making and bobbin lace. The Basket Sampler is honored to have her as an instructor and fellow adventurer. Kathy brings unique skills and dedication to the art of basketry.

Basket Weaving Sampler 2 Small Market Basket

3rd Grade-Adult

Thursday 10:00-12:00

1 week

Prices vary by project

SMALL MARKET BASKET

September 24 $32.00

BEGINNER LEVEL

SKILLS TAUGHT

Basic Skills Plus:

Set up base with a D handle

Lash with x at handle

This basket is about 6” x 10” x 4” with a 12” tall handle

It is a small version of a market basket with color variations.

Kathy's (she/her/hers) basket making habit began with her mother some 20 years ago. Her mom started weaving baskets while Kathy was living overseas. When she moved back home, her mom gave her a handmade basket. Great as a handmade basket is, that one came with a string attached. If Kathy wanted any more...she'd have to learn to make them herself. With that, Kathy and her mom began taking classes together and went on weaving for years before becoming involved in other activities.Kathy is now an owner/instructor with a special gift of teaching children's classes in basket making and bobbin lace. The Basket Sampler is honored to have her as an instructor and fellow adventurer. Kathy brings unique skills and dedication to the art of basketry.

Basket Weaving Sampler 3 Checkered Tote

3rd Grade-Adult

Thursday 10:00-12:00

1 week

Prices vary by project

CHECKERED TOTE

October 1  

$32.00

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

SKILLS TAUGHT

Basic Skills Plus:

Working with a continuous weaver

Scarfing a rim

This is a nice little tote basket about 9” x 11” x 6” with a 12” handle.

It will be woven with “space dyed” weavers  (multiple colors on one piece of reed) alternating with a continuous round reed weaver.  

Kathy's (she/her/hers) basket making habit began with her mother some 20 years ago. Her mom started weaving baskets while Kathy was living overseas. When she moved back home, her mom gave her a handmade basket. Great as a handmade basket is, that one came with a string attached. If Kathy wanted any more...she'd have to learn to make them herself. With that, Kathy and her mom began taking classes together and went on weaving for years before becoming involved in other activities.Kathy is now an owner/instructor with a special gift of teaching children's classes in basket making and bobbin lace. The Basket Sampler is honored to have her as an instructor and fellow adventurer. Kathy brings unique skills and dedication to the art of basketry.

Basket Weaving Sampler 4 Tree Basket

3rd Grade-Adult

Thursday 10:00-12:00

1 week

Prices vary by project

TREE BASKET

October 8

$29.00

BEGINNER LEVEL

SKILLS TAUGHT

Basic Skills Plus:

Overlays

This basket is about 9” diameter and 5” tall.  When the

basket is finished you can add overlays of trees on  the

sides.  You can choose to follow my pattern or make 

some of your own.

Kathy's (she/her/hers) basket making habit began with her mother some 20 years ago. Her mom started weaving baskets while Kathy was living overseas. When she moved back home, her mom gave her a handmade basket. Great as a handmade basket is, that one came with a string attached. If Kathy wanted any more...she'd have to learn to make them herself. With that, Kathy and her mom began taking classes together and went on weaving for years before becoming involved in other activities.Kathy is now an owner/instructor with a special gift of teaching children's classes in basket making and bobbin lace. The Basket Sampler is honored to have her as an instructor and fellow adventurer. Kathy brings unique skills and dedication to the art of basketry.

Basket Weaving Sampler 5 Large Market Basket

3rd Grade-Adult

Thursday 10:00-12:00

2 weeks

Prices vary by project

LARGE MARKET BASKET

October 15 & 22

$55.00

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

SKILLS TAUGHT

Shaping so a handle will fit Scarfing a larger rim

Using a push in handle Piecing a lasher

This is a large version of the week 2 class. Because it

is so much larger it will take more skills to get it right. It

starts out using dyed black spokes which makes the

color of the weavers “pop”.

The basket is about 12” x 16” x 8”. 17” at handle.

Kathy's (she/her/hers) basket making habit began with her mother some 20 years ago. Her mom started weaving baskets while Kathy was living overseas. When she moved back home, her mom gave her a handmade basket. Great as a handmade basket is, that one came with a string attached. If Kathy wanted any more...she'd have to learn to make them herself. With that, Kathy and her mom began taking classes together and went on weaving for years before becoming involved in other activities.Kathy is now an owner/instructor with a special gift of teaching children's classes in basket making and bobbin lace. The Basket Sampler is honored to have her as an instructor and fellow adventurer. Kathy brings unique skills and dedication to the art of basketry.

Basket Weaving Sampler 6 Flower Wall Basket

3rd Grade-Adult

Thursday 10:00-12:00

1 week

Prices vary by project

FLOWER WALL BASKET

October 29

$37.00

ADVANCED BEGINNER

SKILLS TAUGHT

Chicken Feet base filler

Shaping a tall handle

This basket is woven with a tall handle. It has a filled in

bottom made using a technique called “chicken feet”.

When the basket is finished you may decide to embellish

it with the fiber flowers that are included.

The basket is about 5” x 6” x 8” with a 14” handle.

Kathy's (she/her/hers) basket making habit began with her mother some 20 years ago. Her mom started weaving baskets while Kathy was living overseas. When she moved back home, her mom gave her a handmade basket. Great as a handmade basket is, that one came with a string attached. If Kathy wanted any more...she'd have to learn to make them herself. With that, Kathy and her mom began taking classes together and went on weaving for years before becoming involved in other activities.Kathy is now an owner/instructor with a special gift of teaching children's classes in basket making and bobbin lace. The Basket Sampler is honored to have her as an instructor and fellow adventurer. Kathy brings unique skills and dedication to the art of basketry.

Basket Weaving Sampler 7 Tote with Strap Basket

3rd Grade-Adult

Thursday 10:00-12:00

1 week

Prices vary by project

TOTE WITH STRAP

November 5

$41.00

ADVANCED BEGINNER

SKILLS TAUGHT

Using different size weavers

Adding a cloth strap

This is a handy size basket that can carry books or

many other things. A woven twill strap will be added

just before putting the rim on. You will need a needle and

thread to sew the strap together.

Approximate size is 5” x 10” x 8”.

Kathy's (she/her/hers) basket making habit began with her mother some 20 years ago. Her mom started weaving baskets while Kathy was living overseas. When she moved back home, her mom gave her a handmade basket. Great as a handmade basket is, that one came with a string attached. If Kathy wanted any more...she'd have to learn to make them herself. With that, Kathy and her mom began taking classes together and went on weaving for years before becoming involved in other activities.Kathy is now an owner/instructor with a special gift of teaching children's classes in basket making and bobbin lace. The Basket Sampler is honored to have her as an instructor and fellow adventurer. Kathy brings unique skills and dedication to the art of basketry.

Basket Weaving Sampler 8 Tall Waste Basket

3rd Grade-Adult

Thursday 10:00-12:00

2 weeks

Prices vary by project

TALL WASTE BASKET

November 12 & 19

$49.00

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

SKILLS TAUGHT

Using a hoop to shape

Triple twine

Unique rim technique

This basket is about 10” in diameter and 12” tall. It uses

a round hoop to help keep the shape. It will be woven

with dyed reed.

Kathy's (she/her/hers) basket making habit began with her mother some 20 years ago. Her mom started weaving baskets while Kathy was living overseas. When she moved back home, her mom gave her a handmade basket. Great as a handmade basket is, that one came with a string attached. If Kathy wanted any more...she'd have to learn to make them herself. With that, Kathy and her mom began taking classes together and went on weaving for years before becoming involved in other activities.Kathy is now an owner/instructor with a special gift of teaching children's classes in basket making and bobbin lace. The Basket Sampler is honored to have her as an instructor and fellow adventurer. Kathy brings unique skills and dedication to the art of basketry.

Basket Weaving Sampler 9 Cookie Basket

3rd Grade-Adult

Thursday 10:00-12:00

1 week

Prices vary by project

COOKIE BASKET

December 3

$27.00

BEGINNER LEVEL

SKILLS TAUGHT

Lashing with waxed linen thread

rim overlay

This is a great basket to give as a gift with some home

made cookies in it!  It is 7” x 7” x 3” plus a 6” handle.

Kathy's (she/her/hers) basket making habit began with her mother some 20 years ago. Her mom started weaving baskets while Kathy was living overseas. When she moved back home, her mom gave her a handmade basket. Great as a handmade basket is, that one came with a string attached. If Kathy wanted any more...she'd have to learn to make them herself. With that, Kathy and her mom began taking classes together and went on weaving for years before becoming involved in other activities.Kathy is now an owner/instructor with a special gift of teaching children's classes in basket making and bobbin lace. The Basket Sampler is honored to have her as an instructor and fellow adventurer. Kathy brings unique skills and dedication to the art of basketry.

Basket Weaving Sampler 10 Scrappy Bowl

3rd Grade-Adult

Thursday 10:00-12:00

1 week

Prices vary by project

SCRAPPY BOWL

December 10

$27.00

BEGINNER LEVEL

SKILLS TAUGHT

Putting spokes in a wood base

Continuous weave/adding weavers

This is a fun basket to make as it uses up lots of

colors.  You can plan ahead or just grab a weaver 

and use it.  The basket is about 6” in diameter and

About 6” tall. 

 

Kathy's (she/her/hers) basket making habit began with her mother some 20 years ago. Her mom started weaving baskets while Kathy was living overseas. When she moved back home, her mom gave her a handmade basket. Great as a handmade basket is, that one came with a string attached. If Kathy wanted any more...she'd have to learn to make them herself. With that, Kathy and her mom began taking classes together and went on weaving for years before becoming involved in other activities.Kathy is now an owner/instructor with a special gift of teaching children's classes in basket making and bobbin lace. The Basket Sampler is honored to have her as an instructor and fellow adventurer. Kathy brings unique skills and dedication to the art of basketry.

Belly Dancing For Beginners

All Ages

Adults welcome  Monday 1:00-2:00

6 weeks

$55

Bellydance is a fun exciting way to become fit! With this class, participants will learn traditional/ethnic, modern cabaret and "fusion" styles. Find your inner passion and join accomplished bellydancer Sheila (Leilah) for an inspiring experience. No previous dance training is required!

Please wear tighter fitting clothing (nothing loose or baggy) for class.

A yoga mat and/or a piece of lightweight fabric for veils would be useful but not required.

 

Dance is a place where people of all ages and all cultures can share emotion and communicate without the need for a single spoken word. That is a truly special experience and it's one that Sheila May (she/her/hers) hopes to share with many people throughout her lifetime. A life-long performing artist, Sheila (Leilah) is dedicated to the study, performance, and education of Middle Eastern, South Asian, Latin, and various World dance forms. Located in Ann Arbor, Sheila is available for performances, private instructions, and weekly classes.

Book Club 2nd-5th Grade

2nd -5th grade

Ages 8-12

Tuesday 5:00-6:00     3 weeks

Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1     $27.50

The Night Gardener

October  13

 

Parents need to know that The Night Gardener is a dark, scary horror story that delivers satisfying chills along with thoughtful messages on courage, empathy, and the power of storytelling. The supernatural creature stalking a desperate family might be too spooky for sensitive readers. Several characters meet a gruesome end, and others recount how they became orphaned. The paranormal night gardener causes an entire family to grow weak and ill, and the mother is in especially perilous condition.

 

For this virtual meet-up, students will share horror, gothic, or scary ideas and will talk about what we liked or didn’t about this book. During this discussion we will talk about the author’s literary techniques in such a way that students won’t even know they mily teaches her to be suspicious of the government or any government officials. In her new Los Angeles community, Regina copes with being called names, having eggs thrown at her, and having her friends called the "N" word (spelled out) when she's with them. She wonders if she's "the right kind of Indian" when compared with stereotypes played out in TV shows and movies. Young men on the reservation smoke and drink beer. Adults smoke, drink, and act out while under the influence.

 

For this virtual meet up, students will be sharing their response to a writing prompt with the class. Discussion questions will include: what makes us who we say we are? Can someone decide to be something different? Can someone decide for you that you aren’t what you thought? Students will choose a way to represent the lessons of self-identity from this story in any multimedia way and share it. We will also be discussing First Nations depections and how the stories we tell matter. 


 

Ghost

December  8

 

Running. That’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?

 

Students share their own song playlists with the class in  this virtual meet-up. We will be talking about how music can evoke feelings, express big ideas, and tell stories. We will also talk about our  goals and aspirations and how we set steps to reach those goals. With the backdrop of the current cultural awareness, we will also discuss colorism, how it is portrayed in the book and in society in ways we might not even notice. 

 

Book club students whose parents have agreed will have their address shared so that friends can stay connected and become pen-pals. 

Book Club Middle School

Middle School Tuesday 5:00-6:00

3 weeks

Oct.13, Nov 10, and Dec 8 

$27.50

The Night Gardener

October  13

 

Parents need to know that The Night Gardener is a dark, scary horror story that delivers satisfying chills along with thoughtful messages on courage, empathy, and the power of storytelling. The supernatural creature stalking a desperate family might be too spooky for sensitive readers. Several characters meet a gruesome end, and others recount how they became orphaned. The paranormal night gardener causes an entire family to grow weak and ill, and the mother is in especially perilous condition.

 

For this virtual meet-up, students will share horror, gothic, or scary ideas and will talk about what we liked or didn’t about this book. During this discussion we will talk about the author’s literary techniques in such a way that students won’t even know they mily teaches her to be suspicious of the government or any government officials. In her new Los Angeles community, Regina copes with being called names, having eggs thrown at her, and having her friends called the "N" word (spelled out) when she's with them. She wonders if she's "the right kind of Indian" when compared with stereotypes played out in TV shows and movies. Young men on the reservation smoke and drink beer. Adults smoke, drink, and act out while under the influence.

 

For this virtual meet up, students will be sharing their response to a writing prompt with the class. Discussion questions will include: what makes us who we say we are? Can someone decide to be something different? Can someone decide for you that you aren’t what you thought? Students will choose a way to represent the lessons of self-identity from this story in any multimedia way and share it. We will also be discussing First Nations depections and how the stories we tell matter. 


 

Ghost

December  8

 

Running. That’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?

 

Students share their own song playlists with the class in  this virtual meet-up. We will be talking about how music can evoke feelings, express big ideas, and tell stories. We will also talk about our  goals and aspirations and how we set steps to reach those goals. With the backdrop of the current cultural awareness, we will also discuss colorism, how it is portrayed in the book and in society in ways we might not even notice. 

 

Book club students whose parents have agreed will have their address shared so that friends can stay connected and become pen-pals. 

Book Club High School

High School

Tuesday 5:00-6:00

3 weeks

Oct. 20, Nov 17, and Dec 15

$27.50

Scythe

Oct 20

Parents need to know: 

2017 Michael J. Printz Honor Book Scythe, by Neal Shusterman, is set in a future where most of the human population is immortal but where a few are chosen to die at the hands of mysterious officials known as "scythes." There are many scenes of violence -- suicides, mass murder, beatings, and torture, and intimate killings -- which may upset younger, more sensitive readers. Strong language is limited to under a dozen uses of "hell" and "damn," with one or two instances of "ass." There's an attraction between the two main characters, but they don't act on it.

 

For this virtual meet-up, students will share horror, gothic, or scary ideas and will talk about what we liked or didn’t about this book. During this discussion we will talk about the author’s literary techniques in such a way that students won’t even know they are learning. We will work as a class to make our own story together.  Once we have our story,  I will ask students to illustrate different sections of our tale. The story and illustrations will be compiled and sent to parents digitally.

 

Powwow Summer

November 17

Part Ojibwe and part white, River lives with her white mother and stepfather on a farm in Ontario. Teased about her Indigenous heritage as a young girl, she feels like she doesn't belong and struggles with her identity .Now eighteen and just finished high school, River travels to Winnipeg to spend the summer with her Indigenous father and grandmother, where she sees firsthand what it means to be an "urban Indian."

On her family's nearby reserve, she learns more than she expects about the lives of Indigenous people, including the presence of Indigenous gangs and the multi-generational effects of the residential school system. But River also discovers a deep respect for and connection with the land and her cultural traditions. The highlight of her summer is attending the annual powwow with her new friends. At the powwow after party, however, River drinks too much and posts photos online that anger people and she has her right to identify as an Indigenous person called into question. Can River ever begin to resolve the complexities of her identity — Indigenous and not?

For this virtual meet up students will be sharing their response to a writing prompt with the class. Discussion topics will include: what makes us who we say we are? Can someone decide to be something different? Can someone decide for you that you aren’t what you thought? How do you come to terms with having more than one identity? How important is it to understand all of your identity?  Students will choose a way to represent the lessons of sel- identity from this story in any multimedia way and share it. We will also be discussing First Nations depections and how the stories we tell matter.

 

With the Fire on High

December 15

 

Parents need to know:

With the Fire on High is Elizabeth Acevedo's inspiring novel about Emoni Santiago, a half-Puerto Rican half-African American high school senior and teen mom, who dreams of becoming a chef after she graduates high school. Readers will understand the importance of respect, courage, perseverance, and teamwork. They'll also learn about food safety and how to work in a kitchen, as well as about Spanish, Puerto Rican, and African American culture and history. Emoni talks about why she decided to lose her virginity, and another character questions if she's ready to have sex. There are a few scenes where couples make out and undress each other. A teacher utters unintended sexual innuendos when he has students "taste her chocolate pudding" and asks if Emoni would prefer joining a group and becoming part of a threesome.  Strong language is infrequent, with just a few uses of "s--t," "dick," "ass," "bitch," "hell," and "ho." There are mentions of wine, absinthe, beer, and sangria. Teens drink while on a class trip.

 

Students share their own song playlists with the class in  this virtual meet-up. We will be talking about how music can evoke feelings, express big ideas, and tell stories. We will also talk about our  goals and aspirations and how we set steps to reach those goals. With the backdrop of the current cultural awareness, we will also discuss colorism, how it is portrayed in the book and in society in ways we might not even notice. 

 

Book club students whose parents have agreed will have their address shared so that friends can stay connected and become pen-pals. 

Constitutional Law: The Basis of the Constitution for Kids

Elementary students Friday 10:00-11:00

6 weeks

$55

This course covers the most basic elements of the Constitution: what is it? why do we have it? do we need it? who wrote it? what changes have been made, and how? and will cover the Bill of Rights. 

At the end of this course students will have a basic understanding of what the Constitution is, the three branches of Government and how each relates to the Constitution, how laws are made, and how the Constitution applies to them. 

We will use some current events to discuss these topics, and watch the Schoolhouse Rock – Bill video. 

 

Rahm W. Mormando (he/him/his) is a United States Air Force Veteran who enjoyed several careers before finally following his true passion by becoming an attorney.  

Before attending law school at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Rahm attended Oakland Community College, The Community College of the Air Force, Berklee College of Music, and Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

While serving in the Air Force, Rahm traveled the world and experienced the best (and worst) it has to offer.  This experience gave Rahm a special insight into the injustices that people face every day. This experience laid the foundation for his life’s passion.   

As an attorney, Rahm focuses primarily on Criminal Defense, which means daily work in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments of the Constitution. He has been a guest speaker/instructor at the high school level and for several law school groups. Some of the topics taught/discussed were; 

·      Criminal defense, each of the relevant amendment issues of criminal defense;

·      Specific cases and issue within the 4th and 5th amendments; 

·      The constitutionality of physician assisted suicide as it relates to bio-ethics in     Michigan and the United States;

·      2nd amendment gun issues and; 

·      Basic Constitutional issues. 

Rahm’s teaching style is highly interactive with a focus on allowing the students to discuss the issues to make them think more deeply about the topics. This includes finding current events that are relevant to the group that relate to the subject matter of the course.

Constitutional Law: Middle and High School

Middle & High School Students

Friday 12:00-1:00

12 weeks

$110

This is a deeper dive into the Constitution and some of the specific amendments. We will examine how they apply, to whom they apply, and what they really mean, and how they have been interpreted over the course of time. 

Topics may include; 

·      1st amendment - freedom of speech and freedom of religion; 

·      2nd amendment-- gun rights;

·      4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments, what can the police do, what can’t they do?;

·      9th amendment, to whom does the constitution apply?;

·      13th and 19th amendments;

·      14th amendment – Due Process, Equal Protection, Commerce Clause;

·      12 amendment – voting: what’s legal and what isn’t?;

·      18th and 21st amendments – Prohibition. This is discussed primarily to show that the amendments change the constitution and then later it can be changed again.;

·      20th amendment – Presidential terms, succession, assembly of Congress;

·      Other amendments and subjects may come up in discussion or as current events dictate.  

We will use some current events to discuss these topics. Some light reading (not to exceed 20min per week) may be suggested prior to each class to facilitate better conversation during our time together. 

 

Rahm W. Mormando (he/him/his) is a United States Air Force Veteran who enjoyed several careers before finally following his true passion by becoming an attorney.  

Before attending law school at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Rahm attended Oakland Community College, The Community College of the Air Force, Berklee College of Music, and Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

While serving in the Air Force, Rahm traveled the world and experienced the best (and worst) it has to offer. This experience gave Rahm a special insight into the injustices that people face every day. This experience laid the foundation for his life’s passion.   

As an attorney, Rahm focuses primarily on Criminal Defense, which means daily work in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments of the Constitution. He has been a guest speaker/instructor at the high school level and for several law school groups. Some of the topics taught/discussed were; 

·      Criminal defense, each of the relevant amendment issues of criminal defense;

·      Specific cases and issue within the 4th and 5th amendments; 

·      The constitutionality of physician assisted suicide as it relates to bio-ethics in     Michigan and the United States;

·      2nd amendment gun issues and; 

·      Basic Constitutional issues. 

Rahm’s teaching style is highly interactive with a focus on allowing the students to discuss the issues to make them think more deeply about the topics. This includes finding current events that are relevant to the group that relate to the subject matter of the course.

Cooking Fun For Kids

K - 5th grade Tuesday 12:00-1:00 6 weeks

$55

Join Chef Julie for a one hour class where we have fun with food!  Learn how to make quick and delicious pancakes with mix-ins, shredded chicken tacos, muffins, granola bars, tomato soup and creative grilled cheese sandwiches, and raspberry mousse while practicing safety skills so you can be more independent in the kitchen.  

Chef Julie (she/her/hers) worked in the public schools as a speech pathologist for 15 years before pursuing her dream of going to culinary school.  Now she combines her experience in education with her love for cooking to teach others how to have fun and be confident in the kitchen.  

Depending on your child, it will likely be helpful to have an adult nearby in case assistance is needed.

Ingredients lists will be provided well in advance of each class and up to families to procure.

Please let Chef Julie know upon registration about any food allergies or sensitivities.  It is highly likely, though not guaranteed, that recipes can be adapted to be inclusive of your family’s dietary requirements.

Cooking Fun For Kids

K - 5th grade Tuesday 12:00-1:00 6 weeks

$55

Join Chef Julie for a one hour class where we have fun with food!  Learn how to make quick and delicious pancakes with mix-ins, shredded chicken tacos, muffins, granola bars, tomato soup and creative grilled cheese sandwiches, and raspberry mousse while practicing safety skills so you can be more independent in the kitchen.  

Chef Julie (she/her/hers) worked in the public schools as a speech pathologist for 15 years before pursuing her dream of going to culinary school.  Now she combines her experience in education with her love for cooking to teach others how to have fun and be confident in the kitchen.  

Depending on your child, it will likely be helpful to have an adult nearby in case assistance is needed.

Ingredients lists will be provided well in advance of each class and up to families to procure.

Please let Chef Julie know upon registration about any food allergies or sensitivities.  It is highly likely, though not guaranteed, that recipes can be adapted to be inclusive of your family’s dietary requirements.

Cooking Around The World

Tweens-Adults Monday 2:00-4:00

6 weeks

$110

It’s time to go around the world with Chef Julie!  Each week we will explore a dish from a different country and learn about the ingredients in various cuisines and how they are used.  Learn to make Greek tzatziki, Asian potstickers, and more!  

Chef Julie (she/her/hers) worked in the public schools as a speech pathologist for 15 years before pursuing her dream of going to culinary school.  Now she combines her experience in education with her love for cooking to teach others how to have fun and be confident in the kitchen.  

Ingredients lists will be provided well in advance of each class and up to families to procure.

Please let Chef Julie know upon registration about any food allergies or sensitivities.  It is highly likely, though not guaranteed, that recipes can be adapted to be inclusive of your family’s dietary requirements.

Creative Writing For Empowerment

11years old and up Monday 12:00-1:00

6 weeks

$55

This course is an invitation to students/participants to take a journey through their mental and emotional lives and giving honest voice to them with their own words & truths.

Participants will be encouraged to think critically about their writings, the writings of others, and that of their class partners. Participants will be encouraged to develop and/or embrace the writing style that is most natural to them & language they feel expresses themselves best.

at the end of the class, participants will be invited to present their writings to a larger community/audience in some form.

 

e. nina jay  (she/her/hers) describes herself as “a Black, Lesbian, Womon, Writer who uses poetry as a tool of survival and to break silences around all forms of violence against gurls and womyn, with particular focus on the intersections of race, sexuality, and poverty.” As a survivor of incest and rape, she believes in the power of creating a powerful community to fight against the violence and constant degradation that weaves itself into every facet of our lives, by breaking silences and unraveling shame. She completed a 98-minute film called Body of Rooms, which features e. nina performing poetry and spoken word from her book of the same name. The film was shot in the summer of 2017 – before the #MeToo movement reached critical mass.

 

e. nina jay has performed at Take Back The Night marches, pride festivals, Ohio Lesbian Festival, Michigan Framily Reunion, National Sexual Assault Conference 2019, University Of Chicago, Northwestern University, Northeastern University, UIC/Chicago, Kansas State University and more, if she could remember.  

She was named winner of the Emerging Artist contest at the National Women’s Music Festival in 2019. She recently published her 2nd book, a collection of poetry, titled "Bricks, Blood & Water."

Dungeons and Dragons NEW CAMPAIGN

Friday 4:30-5:30  (should this section fill, another Friday section will be added 1:30-2:30)   

12 weeks     

$110

Imagine going back in time - about 1200 AD - to Cork County, Ireland. Join an adventure with other druids, magicians and rangers as you search ruins and castles for the missing Book of Kells. Using the role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition), but with real maps, historical facts and myths, and a number of brain-teasers, children learn history, math, science, writing and social skills. Playing this game is better than any video game out there! 

Note: Please indicate in registration if you are registering for the first time in D&D so we can create a character for you before the first class.  For existing students, while you can register for a different section you will likely be jumping into a different place in the adventure if you change to the other D&D class from the one in which you were previously enrolled.

 

Instructor Linda Sattler (she/her/hers) has been a Dungeon Master for 39 years. Recently, she started creating historical campaigns and incorporated various factual information in her adventures as a learning tool. She has taught her own children as well as several dozen others role playing games for 11 years in Ann Arbor. She led several dungeon-writing workshops for children, which resulted in three child-led campaigns at DungeonFest. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, and is a statistical consultant and adjunct professor in her spare time.

Dungeons and Dragons Potato Barbers

OPEN ONLY TO ONGOING MEMBERS OF THIS CAMPAIGN

Friday 3:00-4:00

12 weeks

$110

Imagine going back in time - about 1200 AD - to Cork County, Ireland. Join an adventure with other druids, magicians and rangers as you search ruins and castles for the missing Book of Kells. Using the role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition), but with real maps, historical facts and myths, and a number of brain-teasers, children learn history, math, science, writing and social skills. Playing this game is better than any video game out there! 

 

Instructor Linda Sattler (she/her/hers) has been a Dungeon Master for 39 years. Recently, she started creating historical campaigns and incorporated various factual information in her adventures as a learning tool. She has taught her own children as well as several dozen others role playing games for 11 years in Ann Arbor. She led several dungeon-writing workshops for children, which resulted in three child-led campaigns at DungeonFest. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, and is a statistical consultant and adjunct professor in her spare time.

Dungeons and Dragons Animal Tamers

OPEN ONLY TO ONGOING MEMBERS OF THIS CAMPAIGN

Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 12 weeks

$110

Imagine going back in time - about 1200 AD - to Cork County, Ireland. Join an adventure with other druids, magicians and rangers as you search ruins and castles for the missing Book of Kells. Using the role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition), but with real maps, historical facts and myths, and a number of brain-teasers, children learn history, math, science, writing and social skills. Playing this game is better than any video game out there! 

Instructor Linda Sattler (she/her/hers) has been a Dungeon Master for 39 years. Recently, she started creating historical campaigns and incorporated various factual information in her adventures as a learning tool. She has taught her own children as well as several dozen others role playing games for 11 years in Ann Arbor. She led several dungeon-writing workshops for children, which resulted in three child-led campaigns at DungeonFest. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, and is a statistical consultant and adjunct professor in her spare time.

Environmental Science

K - 5th grade

Monday 11:00-12:00 6 Weeks  

$55

In this course, children will learn basic environmental science concepts with hands-on activities and exploration of both their daily environments and the larger world around them.

 

Week 1:  What’s In Our Garbage and Where Does it Go?

Where Does the Recycling and the Trash Go Every Week?

Banana Peels and Bioplastics:  How Does Composting Work?  Why Can’t Everything Be Composted?

The Potato Chip Bag:  Why So Much Air and So Few Chips? How Does Packaging Keep Food Fresh and Safe?

Dissect a Diaper

 

Week 2:  Everything is Connected – All About Ecosystems

What’s in an Ecosystem?  

Food Webs and Food Chains

Build an Ecosystem in a Bottle

 

Week 3:  Are the Butterflies and Honey Bees in Trouble? How can we Help?

What are Some of the Plants that Help Bees and Butterflies?

Meet People Who are Saving the Bees Right Here in Michigan and Learn How They’re Doing It

Make a Bee Hotel

 

Week 4:  Keeping Our Water and Air Clean

Where Does Air Pollution Come From?  Is it Invisible?

How Does Plastic End Up in the Ocean? 

Clean Up An Oil Spill

 

Week 5: How Do We Get the Heat and Light we Need for Our Homes?

Where Do Oil and Gas Come From?

What is Energy,  and What are the Different Ways We Get Energy?

Make a Balloon-Powered Car

 

Week 6:  Where Does Our Food Come From?

How Much of What We Eat Comes from Very Far Away Places?  How Does the Food Get to Us?

How Have the Ways We Grow Food Changed?

Weeding and Eating:  Finding Edible ‘Weeds’ in Your Backyard and Outdoors

 

Ellen Lyle (she/her/hers) is a former middle school science teacher and homeschools her three sons in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.  She is an entrepreneur and runs a small Detroit-based business focused on Zero Waste Event services and eco-friendly consumer products, and is a member of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers and the American Chemical Society.  She enjoys gardening, baseball, reading non-fiction, and playing with her 2 dogs Lucy and Neela.

Environmental Science: Beyond The Reusable Bag Toward A Richer Meaning of The Word "Sustainability"

6th - 12th grade LIKELY Monday 2:00-3:00

6 weeks

SECOND SESSION

$55

In this interactive, lively course, we will focus on the following four themes as we develop a deeper understanding of sustainability:

Life Cycle Analysis and Extended Producer Responsibility

Critical Thinking: Science and Social Media, Science and the Public

Principles of Environmental Justice

Current and Historical Environmental Activism and Organizations

 

Week 1:  Industrial and Residential Waste Management

Components of Residential Waste - Consumer Product Packaging, Diapers, and Food Waste

Recycling and Composting Infrastructure in the U.S. and abroad – Incinerating, Landfilling, Dumping, Biodigesters, and Waste-To-Energy

Mining and Manufacturing Waste

E-Waste

 

Week 2:  Food Systems

What Does a Sustainable Food System Look Like?  

Paper or Plastic:  What’s IN the Bag Matters More than What the Bag is Made of

Food Waste and Food Packaging

Environmental Impact of Agriculture and Industrial Livestock Production.  Lab Grown Meat, Anyone?

Sustainable Seafood: What are the Sociological and Environmental Consequences of Overfishing?

Food Deserts, Food Insecurity, and the Retail Food Sector

 

Week 3:  Energy and Transportation

Electric vehicles and their batteries: Ethical Sourcing

Uber/Lyft and Rideshare: What’s the carbon footprint?

‘The last mile’:  Challenges in shipping all those ecommerce packages

Mass Transit versus Car Culture

Breaking Free from Fossil Fuels:  Pros and Cons of Various Forms of Alternative Energy

 

Week 4: Air, Water, and Soil Quality

Sources and Types of Indoor Air Pollution in Homes, Cars, and Buildings and Their Impact on Quality of Life

Sources and Types of Outdoor Air Pollution: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen oxides, ground-level ozone, particle pollution (often referred to as particulate matter), and sulfur oxides and Their Impact on Quality of Life

Topics in Water: Water Affordability, Water Conservation, Microplastics, Bottled Water, PFAS, and Agricultural Run-Off

Soil Quality and Soil Erosion around the World: A Problem that Doesn’t Get Enough Attention

 

Week 5:  Weather and Climate Change

Defining terms: Global warming, climate change, weather, and climate

How does Climate Change Influence Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather?

How does Climate Change Affect Human Migration Patterns and Political Instability?

 

Week 6:  Population Growth and Species Endangerment/Extinction

Thomas Malthus and Three Agricultural Revolutions

The Impact of Illegal Wildlife Trade

Invasive Species of Plant and Animal

 

Ellen Lyle (she/her/hers) is a former middle school science teacher and homeschools her three sons in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.  She is an entrepreneur and runs a small Detroit-based business focused on Zero Waste Event services and eco-friendly consumer products, and is a member of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers and the American Chemical Society.  She enjoys gardening, baseball, reading non-fiction, and playing with her 2 dogs Lucy and Neela.  

Express Yourself In Authentic Community: A Creativity and Mindfulness Journey

1st - 5th grade

Friday 11:00-12:00 12 weeks

$110

This Virtual Club is a place for kids 6-10 to come together and express themselves, be creative, connect in meaningful conversations, celebrate their diversity, and have FUN with like-minded people. This is a playful , creative , and enriching experience for all involved.

  • They will have space to explore unique ways to express themselves creatively through art projects

  • They will build on their mindfulness skills through guided visualizations that will help them to navigate daily life

  • They will smile, they will laugh, they will create, they will converse, and connect 

  • They will have SO much fun!

  • Whether they are more introverted or extroverted they will feel safe and empowered to show up as their authentic self

Rachel Weinstock (she/her/hers) holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Education. In addition, she has spent over a decade studying public speaking, storytelling, improvisational acting, red-nose clowning, dance, and life-coaching.

Rachel has been teaching both locally and Internationally for 15 years+ and was awarded the James W. Fair Leadership award from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is known as “Miss Rainbow Fairy” because of her alternative approach to education.

Her philosophy to working with children is deeply impactful because of her lived experience of being bullied from Grade One to the end of high school. Rachel just “gets it” and knows what kids need. She has now dedicated her life to empowering children all over the world to live their kindest, most creative and amazing lives!

Express Yourself In Authentic Community: A Creativity and Mindfulness Journey

6th -12th grade Wednesday 11:00-12:00

12 weeks

$110

Tween & Teen (Ages 11-17) Club is a space for kids to come together and express themselves, be creative, connect in meaningful conversations, celebrate their diversity, and have FUN.This is a playful , creative , and enriching experience for all involved.

  • Participants will be empowered to create deeper connection to their truth, authenticity, and stand strong in their boundaries

  •  They will take part in important conversations about what's happening in our world today and how they can show up powerfully to create change

  • They will develop mindfulness strategies to pro-actively support their mental and emotional well-being

  • They will have FUN!!!

Rachel Weinstock (she/her/hers) holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Education. In addition, she has spent over a decade studying public speaking, storytelling, improvisational acting, red-nose clowning, dance, and life-coaching.

Rachel has been teaching both locally and Internationally for 15 years+ and was awarded the James W. Fair Leadership award from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is known as “Miss Rainbow Fairy” because of her alternative approach to education.

Her philosophy to working with children is deeply impactful because of her lived experience of being bullied from Grade One to the end of high school. Rachel just “gets it” and knows what kids need. She has now dedicated her life to empowering children all over the world to live their kindest, most creative and amazing lives!

Express Yourself In Authentic Community: A Creativity and Mindfulness Journey

6th -12th grade Wednesday 11:00-12:00

12 weeks

$110

Tween & Teen (Ages 11-17) Club is a space for kids to come together and express themselves, be creative, connect in meaningful conversations, celebrate their diversity, and have FUN.This is a playful , creative , and enriching experience for all involved.

  • Participants will be empowered to create deeper connection to their truth, authenticity, and stand strong in their boundaries

  •  They will take part in important conversations about what's happening in our world today and how they can show up powerfully to create change

  • They will develop mindfulness strategies to pro-actively support their mental and emotional well-being

  • They will have FUN!!!

Rachel Weinstock (she/her/hers) holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Education. In addition, she has spent over a decade studying public speaking, storytelling, improvisational acting, red-nose clowning, dance, and life-coaching.

Rachel has been teaching both locally and Internationally for 15 years+ and was awarded the James W. Fair Leadership award from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is known as “Miss Rainbow Fairy” because of her alternative approach to education.

Her philosophy to working with children is deeply impactful because of her lived experience of being bullied from Grade One to the end of high school. Rachel just “gets it” and knows what kids need. She has now dedicated her life to empowering children all over the world to live their kindest, most creative and amazing lives!

Fiction Writing: Its Elements, Its Joys and Its Perils

9 years old and up Wednesday 2:00-3:00

6 weeks

FREE

Welcome to the world (well, worlds) of fiction writing! 

Written fiction can take many forms, from short stories to novels to episodic fiction. In this class we’ll be covering the elements of all story writing, and developing our writing by sharing it and giving each other feedback. (If anyone isn’t comfortable sharing their writing that’s fine, although I recommend it!) I’m thinking we’ll analyze popular books and discuss elements such as characters, plot, themes, and writing style, but topics of discussion and amount of time spent on what depend on what everyone finds helpful. We can also talk about the process of writing, overcoming writer’s block, and how writing can positively impact our and other people’s lives. In addition to discussions and (respectfully) critiquing each other’s writing, we can have challenges and word sprints!

Beyond a bit of reading for discussion, there won’t be any specific assignments, but we’ll be working on our writing projects between classes and will hopefully be able to improve them at each class. Feel free to continue an existing project or start a new one (or both)!  People with all levels of experience are welcome. 

Now, let the voyage of writing begin!

 

Hi! I’m Crysania (she/her/hers), a 17-year-old homeschooler and HAA member of ten years. I’m a bookworm and a fan of many, many series that I’m not even going to try to list and also an enthusiastic writer. I’ve been writing fiction for three years and I’m currently editing a novel and writing another (or effortfully attempting to, anyway), among various other writing projects. I haven’t published anything yet, but I’ve been gathering experience and learning for these years, and I can’t wait to meet you all and share writing awesomeness!

Finance

3rd-6th grade Thursday 10:00-11:00

6 weeks

$55

Have you wanted to teach your children about financial stability but are not sure where to start? Let me help you! The piggy bank has been great but it really doesn't teach our children financial responsibility. This 6-week session, geared towards 3rd-6th grade levels, will keep your children engaged through activities and discussion, while they learn critical financial skills such as budgeting, saving and investing, and responsible money management. 

 

Tamara Johns here! I am a wife, a mother of 3 children, and have been a manager with an international company for 16 year. I've enjoyed creating systems and organizational structures for them as a whole. I am a classroom facilitator as well and enjoy training all levels of leadership. At heart,  I am an entrepreneur. As a young girl, I enjoyed watching my parents use their creativity to make and sell items at art shows, so I began creating and selling my items at their table. This drive has never stopped. I started a succulent business a couple of years ago that I've now handed over to my children. While I've been recovering from an injury and subsequent surgeries, I have given my time as a business consultant for both large and small not-for-profit organizations for adults and children. 

Finance

7th -12th grade Tuesday 11:00 -12:00 pm

12 weeks

$110

Have you wanted to teach your children about financial stability but are not sure where to start? Let me help you! The piggy bank has been great but it really doesn't teach our children financial responsibility. This 6-week session, geared towards 3rd-6th grade levels, will keep your children engaged through activities and discussion, while they learn critical financial skills such as budgeting, saving and investing, and responsible money management. 

 

Tamara Johns here! I am a wife, a mother of 3 children, and have been a manager with an international company for 16 year. I've enjoyed creating systems and organizational structures for them as a whole. I am a classroom facilitator as well and enjoy training all levels of leadership. At heart,  I am an entrepreneur. As a young girl, I enjoyed watching my parents use their creativity to make and sell items at art shows, so I began creating and selling my items at their table. This drive has never stopped. I started a succulent business a couple of years ago that I've now handed over to my children. While I've been recovering from an injury and subsequent surgeries, I have given my time as a business consultant for both large and small not-for-profit organizations for adults and children. 

Gaming: Print and Play Table Top Games

All Ages

Wednesday 2:00-3:00

6 weeks

$55

Students will learn how to find, make, and play board games and card games, with nothing more than paper, a printer, and normal household/office supplies.

 

I’m Jeremiah, a homeschool teacher of my own kids, and an educator all around. I was a homeschooling father from 2004-2015, and then switched to building a home for my family. Three of my tabletop games have been published in the US, and one abroad. Professionally I’ve been a radio dj, student advisor, at home dad, Uber driver, carpenter, car salesman, and handyman. I’m fond of the number 42, and every other Thursday.

Gaming: Social Games For Social Distance

10 years and up Tuesday 12:00-1:00 6 Weeks

$55

Before we needed to socially distance, there were many games built for distance play, and I’ve collected many of them. Students will be introduced to more games than we’ll possibly be able to play, and we’ll play a few during class (though likely students will want to continue playing outside of classes). We’ll discuss what it means to design a game based upon the limitations of social-distancing.

 

I’m Jeremiah, a homeschool teacher of my own kids, and an educator all around. I was a homeschooling father from 2004-2015, and then switched to building a home for my family.Three of my tabletop games have been published in the US, and one abroad. Professionally I’ve been a radio dj, student advisor, at home dad, Uber driver, carpenter, car salesman, and handyman. I’m fond of the number 42, and every other Thursday.

German For Beginners

6th grade-adult Wednesday 10:00-11:00

12 weeks

$110

This course for beginning German speakers will teach:

 

Greetings, goodbyes

Questions, answers

Present tense verbs

Conjugations

Likes and dislikes

‘Gender’

Noun and adjective agreement 

Nominative case/subject pronouns 

Question words

Present Tense

Parts of a Sentence/Word Order

Accusative/object

Negation

Possessives 

Courtesy Words 

“Would like” “Might”

Common Social Phrases

A Small Intro to Past Tense

Deeper Dive Into Past Tense

Future Tense

 

Most vocabulary memorized and practiced will be basic and typical (family, school, grocery store, sports, arts, professions), but some vocabulary will be emergent and topical (slang, idioms, jargon of a cultural niche, themes of personal interest, memes). 

 

I will teach basic grammar so that students can carry out basic communicative tasks, such as asking questions, making requests, explaining locations and reasons, and inquiring about the background, needs, and likes of others as well as stating their own in a few different tenses. I will teach them how to express themselves on everyday topics and to understand basic written and oral texts relating to them. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and memorization will all be skills taught and practiced. Immediate feedback will be the method and practice. 

My method of teaching will involve direct instruction (students take notes), pronunciation and verbal repetition (repeat after me memorization), partnered conversations from scripts and then from memory, performing speech and writing on the spot in micro examples, and reviewing things we study every single class with familiar language speaking/listening/reading/writing drills that directly mimic actual life language situations. 

 

Vivien Reece (she/her/hers) is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher educated through Mukti Yoga in LA and A2 Yoga in Ann Arbor, with a certification in general group fitness. She has 7 years of education experience, including 3 years of independent English tutoring, 2 years of substitute teaching and coaching middle school girls’ volleyball and softball, and 2 years of recruitment and evaluation work as a college admissions counselor. 

Guitar

9 years old-adult Tuesday 2:00-3:00   12 weeks   $110         Need guitar and tuner

This is a comprehensive 12 week introductory class on playing the guitar. Students will learn how to tune the guitar, proper fingering, 1st position chords and scales, and the techniques needed to produce a good sound on the instrument. By the end of class they will be able to play a short fingerstyle piece, a single string style melody, and strum a rhythmic accompaniment to singing. They will also understand rhythmic notation and theory so that they can make use of the many resources available online or pursue advanced private lessons. Also included will be a brief history of guitar styles and how they evolved along with examples and links to recordings that demonstrate them.

My goal in teaching is not only to give students the technical skills they will need but also to communicate the joy in being able to play an instrument.

 

John Devine (he/him/his) started taking lessons when he was 9 years old. He began performing when he was 12 and was asked to join the only rock band in his Junior high School. He started teaching guitar when he was in high school and has been teaching full-time for the past 17 years. He currently teaches guitar and ukulele for the Cultural Arts Program of the City of Farmington Hills. He studied classical guitar at Barry University in Miami. He has also worn the grooves off of more vinyl records than he can count.

Improv

8 years old and up Tuesday 4:00-5:00

6 weeks

$55

This class aims to take the quickest path from not-doing-anything to doing-something. Students will learn about letting go, improv flow, sharing the pie, and everyone will get time and tools to be able to perform.

 

I’m Jeremiah (he/him/his), a homeschool teacher of my own kids, and an educator all around. I was a homeschooling father from 2004-2015, and then switched to building a home for my family. Three of my tabletop games have been published in the US, and one abroad. Professionally I’ve been a radio DJ, student advisor, at home dad, Uber driver, carpenter, car salesman, and handyman. I’m fond of the number 42, and every other Thursday.

Lego Education

8 years old and up Wednesday

5:00-6:00

12 weeks

$110

Lego Education sets that let kids use motors to build different contraptions. These kits come with different ideas to get started with but the challenges will have students taking what they have learned and trying out their own imagination to create new configurations.

 

Students will borrow a kit from 4-H (one per household) and need to return everything at the end of this class. Students will learn without even realizing while they play. These fun robots can be used by younger and older students. Challenges will be based on the skill of students in class and will progressively get harder. It is encouraged to have an adult to help supervise younger students.

 

This class is taught by Courtney Runchey (she/her/hers). She has worked in education for over 15 years, the last 7 as a homeschool parent. Her passion is helping students get a deep understanding of complex material by examining different perspectives. Students will be encouraged to work through the challenges they experience with this class.

Primary Math

1st & 2nd grades Monday 10:00-11:00 6 weeks

$55

We will focus on adding, subtracting, measuring, geometry (shapes), and time. We may even get to money depending on the level of the participants. This class will be catered to 1st and 2nd graders. If you need a refresher for your child (from any grade) in any of these areas feel free to enroll them in the class.

 

Tamara Johns here! I am a wife, a mother of 3 children, and have been a manager with an international company for 16 year. I've enjoyed creating systems and organizational structures for them as a whole. I am a classroom facilitator as well and enjoy training all levels of leadership. At heart,  I am an entrepreneur. As a young girl, I enjoyed watching my parents use their creativity to make and sell items at art shows, so I began creating and selling my items at their table. This drive has never stopped. I started a succulent business a couple of years ago that I've now handed over to my children. While I've been recovering from an injury and subsequent surgeries, I have given my time as a business consultant for both large and small not-for-profit organizations for adults and children.

Nutty Science: Inventions and Contraptions

K-6th grade

Friday 12:30-1:00

plus independent weekly video lesson 

12 Weeks

$110 + $99 materials fee

Students experience the opportunity to think, dream and design like an INVENTOR: building, designing, engineering! Build robots, air powered vehicles, a hydraulic platform, catapults, nutty challenges, and more! The program includes a supply kit with all the supplies necessary to complete the weekly activities, written and video instruction for all activities, and a weekly Zoom meetings.  All kits will be provided to students before the program begins.

 

For more specifics, here are some additional details for some of the lessons:

  • Catapults - Design, Build and Test CATAPULTS! Learn about accuracy, precision, and angles as they shoot for targets!

  • Hydraulics -  Learn the power of hydraulics and build your very own hydraulic powered invention

  • Art Bots - DIY robot kit that creates colorful art. Dig into the “Nutty” science of ROBOTICS!

  • Air Cars – Design and build an air powered vehicle. Learn about the environment and alternative fuels!

  • Paper Planes – Explore some conventional AND unconventional paper airplane designs as we explore the physics of flight!

 

I have tried to create interactive and engaging programs that aren’t simply a “science classes” over Zoom.  For each of these programs, students will receive a kit of supplies at the beginning of the session.  The kit will contain all of the supplies necessary to complete the activities for the entire session (some common household items are not included).  At the beginning of each week, students will receive an email with written instructions for one of the activities in the session.  Then, later in the week, students will receive access to a recorded video with further instructions and information about the topic of the week.  To finish off the week, we hold an interactive Zoom meeting for students with a Nutty Scientist.  At the Zoom meeting, students will have the opportunity to share their projects from the week, ask questions, share about their challenges and successes AND some extra Nutty Challenges (including NUTTY SCIENCE FACTS)! 

 

Nutty Scientists of Southeast Michigan is led by our Lead Nutty Scientist Kevin Schlosser (he/him/his) (“Professor Potassium” or “Professor K” for short).  Kevin has a Masters Degree in Organic Chemistry from University of Virginia and 14 years of experience as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.  During that time, he worked with area schools conducting science demos for local students.  Those experiences motivated Kevin to start Nutty Scientists here in Michigan in order to inspire the next generation by making science and learning fun and exciting.

Nutty Science: Nutty Professor

K-6th grade

Friday 1:30-2:00

plus independent weekly video lesson 

12 Weeks

$110 + $99 materials fee 

Explore the wonders of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) like never before in Nutty Professor!  Investigate the wonders of water, build your own “gravity defying object” as we investigate the concept of center of gravity, static electricity wands that can actually make things float, multiple mind-blowing AMAZING AIR experiments, awesome POLYMERS, DIY stomp rockets AND launcher kit, and so much more!  

The program includes a supply kit with all the supplies necessary to complete the weekly activities, written and video instruction for all activities, and weekly Zoom meetings.  All kits will be provided to students before the program begins.

 

For more specifics, here are some additional details for some of the lessons:

  • Amazing Air – Explore the super powers of air with multiple mind-blowing air experiments

  • Polymers – Students learn about atoms, molecules and polymers and get to experiment with multiple types of polymers

  • Stomp rockets and Stomp Rocket Launcher Kit – Explore air pressure and forces as we build and launch stomp rockets!

  • Center of Gravity – Gravity is a force that keeps us “grounded”, but what does Center of Gravity mean?  Build your own “Gravity Defying Object”

  • Germs – Learn about germs and our how to defeat them in everyday life.  A perfect tie-in to our current global situation!

  • Static Wands - Each student gets their own battery powered static wand and learn how to make object float using the power of static

  • Wonders of Water - Awesome scientific tools in the kit based on water: pipettes, surface tension, density experiments and more!)

 

I have tried to create interactive and engaging programs that aren’t simply a “science classes” over Zoom.  For each of these programs, students will receive a kit of supplies at the beginning of the session.  The kit will contain all of the supplies necessary to complete the activities for the entire session (some common household items are not included).  At the beginning of each week, students will receive an email with written instructions for one of the activities in the session.  Then, later in the week, students will receive access to a recorded video with further instructions and information about the topic of the week.  To finish off the week, we hold an interactive Zoom meeting for students with a Nutty Scientist.  At the Zoom meeting, students will have the opportunity to share their projects from the week, ask questions, share about their challenges and successes AND some extra Nutty Challenges (including NUTTY SCIENCE FACTS)! 

 

Nutty Scientists of Southeast Michigan is led by our Lead Nutty Scientist Kevin Schlosser (he/him/his) (“Professor Potassium” or “Professor K” for short).  Kevin has a Masters Degree in Organic Chemistry from University of Virginia and 14 years of experience as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.  During that time, he worked with area schools conducting science demos for local students.  Those experiences motivated Kevin to start Nutty Scientists here in Michigan in order to inspire the next generation by making science and learning fun and exciting.

Nutty Science: Outdoor Adventure

K-6th grade

Friday 2:30-3:00

plus independent weekly video lesson 

12 Weeks

$110 + $99 materials fee

Who knew there was so much adventure just in your backyard? Build model shelters, DIY water filters, solar ovens (bake dessert with the power of the sun!), learn about knots, sun dials, and more!  

The program includes a supply kit with all the supplies necessary to complete the weekly activities, written and video instruction for all activities, and a weekly Zoom meetings.  All kits will be provided to you before the program begins.

 

For more specifics, here are some additional details for some of the lessons:

  • Foraging and Nature Journals – Forage like a squirrel with an outdoor scavenger hunt and learn to record and maintain a scientific journal!

  • Sun Dials – Build a basic sun dial AND learn how to use it to tell time!

  • Knots – Learn to tie different kinds of knots and what they are used for.  Make your own paracord survival bracelet

  • Shelters – Creativity is key as students build a shelter model using only “nutty” supplies.  Learn about animals and their shelters in nature

  • DIY Water Filters – Build a model water filter, test its ability to purify water and learn about the importance of clean water

  • Solar Ovens – Build a Solar Oven and use it to bake dessert with only the power of the sun!

 

I have tried to create interactive and engaging programs that aren’t simply a “science classes” over Zoom.  For each of these programs, students will receive a kit of supplies at the beginning of the session.  The kit will contain all of the supplies necessary to complete the activities for the entire session (some common household items are not included).  At the beginning of each week, students will receive an email with written instructions for one of the activities in the session.  Then, later in the week, students will receive access to a recorded video with further instructions and information about the topic of the week.  To finish off the week, we hold an interactive Zoom meeting for students with a Nutty Scientist.  At the Zoom meeting, students will have the opportunity to share their projects from the week, ask questions, share about their challenges and successes AND some extra Nutty Challenges (including NUTTY SCIENCE FACTS)! 

 

Nutty Scientists of Southeast Michigan is led by our Lead Nutty Scientist Kevin Schlosser (he/him/his) (“Professor Potassium” or “Professor K” for short).  Kevin has a Masters Degree in Organic Chemistry from University of Virginia and 14 years of experience as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.  During that time, he worked with area schools conducting science demos for local students.  Those experiences motivated Kevin to start Nutty Scientists here in Michigan in order to inspire the next generation by making science and learning fun and exciting.

Our Whole Lives (OWL): A Comprehensive and Inclusive Sex Education Curriculum

7th -9th grade

Monday 4:00-6:00

30 weeks (including parent meeting)

$110 per

6 week increment

Our Whole Lives is a sexuality education program 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, their bodies, their relationships, 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. The curriculum is completely secular and free of specific religious doctrine or reference, though its underlying values do reflect the justice-oriented traditions of the denominations which developed it.

Topics will include body image, social media/internet, healthy relationships, bullying/bystander responsibilities, communication, and consent education in addition to reproductive anatomy and sexual health. It will be inclusive of various sexual orientations and gender identities. Through educational content, videos, interactive activities, discussion, and resources, students will examine their own values and feelings, practice responding to potential situations, and critically consider their own decision-making for present and future situations with the goal of creating healthy relationships with themselves and others throughout the rest of their lives.

NOTES:

  1.  This class is an ongoing (30 session) course which will continue through April, 2021. Because of the importance of creating a community of trust, we ask that students commit to the course in its entirety.

  2. There will be an informational parent meeting before the start of this course.

 

Facilitators:

Lisa Clifford (she/her/hers) is a proud homeschooling parent of a first year high schooler and a third grader. She first became an OWL facilitator in order to better communicate with, educate, and empower her own children. Lisa has previously facilitated OWL classes for the Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton Fellowship. 

Holly Ferrise (she/her/hers), MSW, MPH, has spent much of the last 30 years learning, teaching, and facilitating various topics of sexuality education, including facilitating OWL at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor. She believes in the authenticating power of both deep personal exploration and rich communication in community, which is part of why she loves the OWL program. She lives with two teen homeschoolers and two cats and enjoys challenging binaries and smashing the patriarchy at any given opportunity. 

Our Whole Lives (OWL): A Comprehensive and Inclusive Sex Education Curriculum

10th -12th grade Thursday 3:30-5:30

18 weeks (including parent meeting)

$110 per

6 week increment

Our Whole Lives is a sexuality education program 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, their bodies, their relationships, 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. The curriculum is completely secular and free of specific religious doctrine or reference, though its underlying values do reflect the justice-oriented traditions of the denominations which developed it.

Topics will include body image, sexual development and expression, communication, healthy relationships, issues of power and control, equality, in addition to reproductive anatomy and sexual health. It will be inclusive of various sexual orientations and gender identities. Through educational content, videos, interactive activities, discussion, and resources, students will examine their own values and feelings, practice responding to potential situations, and critically consider their own decision-making for present and future situations with the goal of creating healthy relationships with themselves and others throughout the rest of their lives.

 

NOTES: 

  1. This class is an ongoing (18 session) course which will continue through February, 2021. Because of the importance of creating a community of trust, we ask that students commit to the course in its entirety.

  2. There will be an informational parent meeting before the start of this course.

 

Facilitators:

Lisa Clifford (she/her/hers) is a proud homeschooling parent of a first year high schooler and a third grader. She first became an OWL facilitator in order to better communicate with, educate, and empower her own children. Lisa has previously facilitated OWL classes for the Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton Fellowship. 

Holly Ferrise (she/her/hers), MSW, MPH, has spent much of the last 30 years learning, teaching, and facilitating various topics of sexuality education, including facilitating OWL at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor. She believes in the authenticating power of both deep personal exploration and rich communication in community, which is part of why she loves the OWL program. She lives with two teen homeschoolers and two cats and enjoys challenging binaries and smashing the patriarchy at any given opportunity. 

Playwriting

6th -12th grade

Monday 10:00-11:00

6 Weeks

$55

In this class, students will learn how to write their own play using the techniques of dramatic writing which transfer easily to film, television, and even social media storytelling. By the end of the class each student will have a completed short scene that highlights their strengths as well as the techniques to continue writing after the class.

 

Emilio Rodriguez (he/him/his)  began his career at the age of 2 performing one-kid adaptations of The Wizard of Oz in his parents' living room. Since then, his plays have been performed in cities like Houston, Dallas, Austin, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Portland, and Puerto Vallarta. Emilio received the Kresge Artists in Detroit award in 2018 and the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumablo award in 2017 both for playwriting. In 2017, Emilio was the guest playwright for the Theatre Kalamazoo Festival and the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Midwest Region. Emilio currently teaches at Kalamazoo College, Michigan Actors Studio, Living Arts and Black and Brown Theatre.

Spanish For Beginners

6th grade-adult Wednesday 12:00-1:00 12 Weeks

$110

Beginning Spanish instruction will include:

 

Greetings, goodbyes

Questions, answers

Present tense verbs

Conjugations

Likes and dislikes

‘Gender’

Noun and adjective agreement

Nominative case/subject pronouns

Question words

Present Tense

Parts of a Sentence/Word Order

Accusative/object

Negation

Possessives

Courtesy Words

“Would like” “Might”

Common Social Phrases

A Small Intro to Past Tense

Deeper Dive Into Past Tense

Future Tense

 

Most vocabulary memorized and practiced will be basic and typical (family, school, grocery store, sports, arts, professions), but some vocabulary will be emergent and topical (slang, idioms, jargon of a cultural niche, themes of personal interest, memes).

I will teach basic grammar so that students can carry out basic communicative tasks, such as asking questions, making requests, explaining locations and reasons, and inquiring about the background, needs, and likes of others as well as stating their own in a few different tenses. I will teach them how to express themselves on everyday topics and to understand basic written and oral texts relating to them. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and memorization will all be skills taught and practiced. Immediate feedback will be the method and practice. My method of teaching will involve direct instruction (students take notes), pronunciation and verbal repetition (repeat after me memorization), partnered conversations from scripts and then from memory, performing speech and writing on the spot in micro examples, and reviewing things we study every single class with familiar language speaking/listening/reading/writing drills that directly mimic actual life language situations.


Vivien Reece (she/her/hers) is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher educated through Mukti Yoga in LA and A2 Yoga in Ann Arbor, with a certification in general group fitness. I have 7 years of education experience, including 3 years of independent English tutoring, 2 years of substitute teaching and coaching middle school girls’ volleyball and softball, and 2 years of recruitment and evaluation work as a college admissions counselor.

Storytelling

K-5th grade

Monday 12:00-1:00

6 Weeks

$55

In this class, students will incorporate a variety of techniques including the foundations of music and drawing to help develop their own linear story that ties to their interests. By the end of the class each student will have a completed short scene or story that showcases their understanding of linear narrative.

 

Emilio Rodriguez (he/him/his)  began his career at the age of 2 performing one-kid adaptations of The Wizard of Oz in his parents' living room. Since then, his plays have been performed in cities like Houston, Dallas, Austin, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Portland, and Puerto Vallarta. Emilio received the Kresge Artists in Detroit award in 2018 and the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumablo award in 2017 both for playwriting. In 2017, Emilio was the guest playwright for the Theatre Kalamazoo Festival and the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Midwest Region. Emilio currently teaches at Kalamazoo College, Michigan Actors Studio, Living Arts and Black and Brown Theatre.

Strength Training: Animal Movement Flow

6th grade-adult Wednesday 5:00-6:00

6 Weeks

$55

Animal movement flow is a strength training and playful dance form using body weight and strength. From the body and gravity, develop strength, flexibility, mobility, coordination, and gracefulness.

 

I will teach healthy warmup habits in class, introduce movement patterns that build on each other, and help students gain greater fluency over their body coordination. I will include information about muscles and body systems with insight on movement patterns. Though physical corrections will be impossible over zoom, I will demonstrate methods of analyzing body movements visually and giving helpful corrections through asking for volunteers to demonstrate learned movement patterns and through having other volunteers offer suggestions for optimizing the movement. Learning to visually assess others’ form while receiving feedback on form, too, will help students take ego out of the process of becoming more athletic, and learn how to enjoy the problem solving exploration of learning your body’s capacities on an analytical level as well as on a play level. Most of class will be repetitions of drills—crab reach times ten, rest. Scorpion reach, loaded beast, underswitch, scapular push-ups—and during rests I will review muscles and movement concepts before drilling again. Drills will build strength and fluency, and will help show the benefits of exercise through the immediate physical effects.

 

Vivien Reece (she/her/hers) is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher educated through Mukti Yoga in LA and A2 Yoga in Ann Arbor, with a certification in general group fitness. I have 7 years of education experience, including 3 years of independent English tutoring, 2 years of substitute teaching and coaching middle school girls’ volleyball and softball, and 2 years of recruitment and evaluation work as a college admissions counselor.

Tai Chi

11 and YOUNGER Tuesday 1:00-2:00

6 Weeks

$55

Tai-Chi is a lifestyle. In this class, students will learn about Tai-Chi principles and basic Tai-Chi movements, and how they apply in everyday life. Through the practice of Tai-Chi, one will learn to move with awareness and relaxation, sinking into a more balanced, calm and meditative mindset.

Originally from Taiwan, Sifu Wang (he/him/his) has been practicing SUN SHEN Tai-Chi since 2003 under the tutelage of Master Kim. After completing the Tai-Chi System, he began teaching in 2005, and is the Head Tai-Chi Instructor of SUN SHEN, and a practitioner of the SUN SHEN Healing System. He is passionate about body mechanics through alignment, tensegrity and movement, physical conditioning using Tai-Chi principles, bodywork and energy healing.

Tai Chi

12 year old-Adult Tuesday 3:00-4:00

6 Weeks

$55

Tai-Chi is a lifestyle. In this class, students will learn about Tai-Chi principles and basic Tai-Chi movements, and how they apply in everyday life. Through the practice of Tai-Chi, one will learn to move with awareness and relaxation, sinking into a more balanced, calm and meditative mindset.

Originally from Taiwan, Sifu Wang (he/him/his) has been practicing SUN SHEN Tai-Chi since 2003 under the tutelage of Master Kim. After completing the Tai-Chi System, he began teaching in 2005, and is the Head Tai-Chi Instructor of SUN SHEN, and a practitioner of the SUN SHEN Healing System. He is passionate about body mechanics through alignment, tensegrity and movement, physical conditioning using Tai-Chi principles, bodywork and energy healing.

Tarot

6th -12th grade

Tuesday 1:00-2:00    

6 Weeks    

$55

Tarot Deck needed

Tarot is an ancient tool for self-reflection, guidance, and insight into the past and future. Learning tarot requires a combination of intuition and study, listening and trust. We are living in a time of questions. Learning tarot is a fun and exciting way to explore all of them, from crushes to covid19, from elections to friendships. 

 

Each week we will explore what the cards mean, how to read them for yourself, and how to read for others. Participants will need their own tarot deck before the beginning of the class (I can provide some suggestions). 

 

Tara Rubenstein (she/her/hers) is the founder of Red Seeds - a magical, radical, small business that creates programs for kids and adults. Artemis School for Magic & Mystery is Red Seeds latest offering, providing online space for self-identified girls and non-binary kids to learn magic and build community. Tara has been a professional tarot reader and teacher for over a decade. To learn more, check out the website: www.redseeds.org 

Theater: Play With Theater

Ages 5-11

Thursday 3:30-4:30  

6 weeks

$55

This class is an introduction to using theatre as a tool for learning.  Theatre games create opportunities for young students to grow their own expressive imaginations while also learning to work in a group.  The “games” introduce theatre warm-ups, character development and storytelling.  We’ll also expand into improv activities which allows for more informed creative expression.

 

Jaclyn Morrow (she/her/hers) has worked with the Ann Arbor Art Center, Wild Swan Theatre, Ann Arbor YMCA, Chelsea Area Players Youth, Tree of Life Cultural Arts, Tableau Cadre Movement Ensemble, Blue Moves Modern Dance Company, Superhero Training Academy, Spinning Dot Theatre, Like Water Drum and Dance, Plymouth Community Arts Council Theatre… But she is also more than an impressive resume...

Jaclyn has always felt pulled in many directions and has been slightly envious of other artists who are a… “Fill in the blank here”.  Recently, Jaclyn is owning the fact that she is a dancer, choreographer, writer, singer, poet, musician, drawer, painter, costume maker, face painter, motivational speaker, gardener, storyteller, actor, bookmaker, jeweler.  She is a creator.  As, honestly, we all are. And this simple fact- is her ultimate goal as a teacher. 

Teaching history, social studies, cultural awareness, math, science, social awareness through theatre is a thrill.  Crafting a lesson plan to allow the student to realize the full potential of the threads being woven from cultures around the world and how it affects them; the student- is exhilarating.  Integrating life and art and health is perfect.

 

Jaclyn loves loves loves sharing in it with the students of HAA.  This group over the years has shown some of the most opennessand willingness to support one another that Jaclyn has ever seen. It is an honor to be here another season. Let’s have some fun!


https://www.facebook.com/forgetmenottheatre 

Theater: Readers Theater Club

Ages 6-9

Friday 3:30-4:00

6 weeks

$27.50

Did you know that Readers Theatre is fun AND a proven method to build reading motivation, improve self-confidence, and develop empathy? It’s true! But you don’t have to take my word for it…

https://www.scholastic.com/librarians/programs/whatisrt.htm?fbclid=IwAR28lBYXSiIF326-JXhHkNhzgoLyJkWIR22jIgrE5WFNeR_6lBEfuSlBu04

 

Groups will be similar ages.

We’ll start each club meeting with a quick warm-up and then jump right into a script.  We’ll work on many different scripts during the Fall session.  

 

Jaclyn Morrow (she/her/hers) has worked with the Ann Arbor Art Center, Wild Swan Theatre, Ann Arbor YMCA, Chelsea Area Players Youth, Tree of Life Cultural Arts, Tableau Cadre Movement Ensemble, Blue Moves Modern Dance Company, Superhero Training Academy, Spinning Dot Theatre, Like Water Drum and Dance, Plymouth Community Arts Council Theatre… But she is also more than an impressive resume…

Jaclyn has always felt pulled in many directions and has been slightly envious of other artists who are a… “Fill in the blank here”.  Recently, Jaclyn is owning the fact that she is a dancer, choreographer, writer, singer, poet, musician, drawer, painter, costume maker, face painter, motivational speaker, gardener, storyteller, actor, bookmaker, jeweler.  She is a creator.  As, honestly, we all are. And this simple fact- is her ultimate goal as a teacher. 

Teaching history, social studies, cultural awareness, math, science, social awareness through theatre is a thrill.  Crafting a lesson plan to allow the student to realize the full potential of the threads being woven from cultures around the world and how it affects them; the student- is exhilarating.  Integrating life and art and health is perfect.

Jaclyn loves loves loves sharing in it with the students of HAA.  This group over the years has shown some of the most openness and willingness to support one another that Jaclyn has ever seen. It is an honor to be here another season.  Let’s have some fun!

 

https://www.facebook.com/forgetmenottheatre 

Theater: Readers Theater Club

Ages 10 and up

Adults welcome  Thursday 11:30-12:00   6 weeks  

$27.50

Did you know that Readers Theatre is fun AND a proven method to build reading motivation, improve self-confidence, and develop empathy? It’s true! But you don’t have to take my word for it…

https://www.scholastic.com/librarians/programs/whatisrt.htm?fbclid=IwAR28lBYXSiIF326-JXhHkNhzgoLyJkWIR22jIgrE5WFNeR_6lBEfuSlBu04

 

Groups will be similar ages.

We’ll start each club meeting with a quick warm-up and then jump right into a script.  We’ll work on many different scripts during the Fall session.  

 

Jaclyn Morrow (she/her/hers) has worked with the Ann Arbor Art Center, Wild Swan Theatre, Ann Arbor YMCA, Chelsea Area Players Youth, Tree of Life Cultural Arts, Tableau Cadre Movement Ensemble, Blue Moves Modern Dance Company, Superhero Training Academy, Spinning Dot Theatre, Like Water Drum and Dance, Plymouth Community Arts Council Theatre… But she is also more than an impressive resume…

Jaclyn has always felt pulled in many directions and has been slightly envious of other artists who are a… “Fill in the blank here”.  Recently, Jaclyn is owning the fact that she is a dancer, choreographer, writer, singer, poet, musician, drawer, painter, costume maker, face painter, motivational speaker, gardener, storyteller, actor, bookmaker, jeweler.  She is a creator.  As, honestly, we all are. And this simple fact- is her ultimate goal as a teacher. 

Teaching history, social studies, cultural awareness, math, science, social awareness through theatre is a thrill.  Crafting a lesson plan to allow the student to realize the full potential of the threads being woven from cultures around the world and how it affects them; the student- is exhilarating.  Integrating life and art and health is perfect.

Jaclyn loves loves loves sharing in it with the students of HAA.  This group over the years has shown some of the most openness and willingness to support one another that Jaclyn has ever seen. It is an honor to be here another season.  Let’s have some fun!

 

https://www.facebook.com/forgetmenottheatre 

U.S. History With Howard Zinn's A Young Person's History of the United States

6th -12th grade

Siblings and parents welcome     

Wednesday 4:00-5:00     12 Weeks     

$110

In this course we will cover Howard Zinn’s A Young Person’s History of the United States. Students will need to obtain a copy for the duration of this class. Each week will have chapters assigned to read before class. Please be prepared to discuss assigned chapters at our zoom class. Each week we will use supplemental materials from the Zinn Education Project to talk through the complexe issues presented in the material. Parents and siblings are encouraged to join in on the zoom classes. 

 

This class is taught by Courtney Runchey (she/her/hers). She has worked in education for over 15 years, the last 7 as a homeschool parent. Her passion is helping students get a deep understanding of complex material by examining different perspectives. When examining history there are many factors that we will discuss including socioeconomic, religious, bias in narration and understanding who the narrator is. 

World Dance Workout

Kids old enough to handle workout-Adults   Thursday 12:30-1:30     6 weeks

$55

World Dance Workout @home is a dance fitness program like no other. 

 

Designed by an occupational therapist, this class is specifically created for heart health, muscle toning, and weight control. Improve brain health through intentional body/mind connection that tones mental and spiritual wellness.  

 

This cardio workout was created from our passion for movement and music as the universal language that connects us. Inspiring, easy to follow dance combinations join with strength training, pilates, and yoga- to create a full-body, efficient, 45-minute class.  

 

Find yourself instantly steeped in the global community while you sweat and move.  Celebrate expansive wellness, as you shimmy and smile yourself to the best version of you.

 

Must register for the entire session or purchase a 5 class card.

 

Jaclyn Morrow has worked with the Ann Arbor Art Center, Wild Swan Theatre, Ann Arbor YMCA, Chelsea Area Players Youth, Tree of Life Cultural Arts, Tableau Cadre Movement Ensemble, Blue Moves Modern Dance Company, Superhero Training Academy, Spinning Dot Theatre, Like Water Drum and Dance, Plymouth Community Arts Council Theatre… But she is also more than an impressive resume...

Jaclyn has always felt pulled in many directions and has been slightly envious of other artists who are a… “Fill in the blank here”.  Recently, Jaclyn is owning the fact that she is a dancer, choreographer, writer, singer, poet, musician, drawer, painter, costume maker, face painter, motivational speaker, gardener, storyteller, actor, bookmaker, jeweler.  She is a creator.  As,honestly, we all are. And this simple fact- is her ultimate goal as a teacher. 

Teaching history, social studies, cultural awareness, math, science, social awareness through theatre is a thrill.  Crafting a lesson plan to allow the student to realize the full potential of the threads being woven from cultures around the world and how it affects them; the student- is exhilarating.  Integrating life and art and health is perfect.

Yoga

6-9 years old

Tuesday 3:00-4:00

6 Weeks

$55

Join us for a weekly 1-hour yoga class open to all skill levels. We will use foundational poses to build strength, flexibility and focus, and will explore balancing poses and inversions. Please have a mat, access to a wall, and a chair, stool or couch available.

 

Meiko Krishok (she/her/hers) is a small business owner, chef, gardener, massage therapist and long-time yoga practitioner. She has worked with children and young adults, has traveled extensively, and now runs a farm-to-table food business. Meiko became a certified Intro II teacher with the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States in 2016. Her classes are dynamic and playful.

Yoga

10 and up

Tuesday 4:00-5:00

6 Weeks

$55

Join us for a weekly 1-hour yoga class open to all skill levels. We will use foundational poses to build strength, flexibility and focus, and will explore balancing poses and inversions. Please have a mat, access to a wall, and a chair, stool or couch available.

 

Meiko Krishok (she/her/hers) is a small business owner, chef, gardener, massage therapist and long-time yoga practitioner. She has worked with children and young adults, has traveled extensively, and now runs a farm-to-table food business. Meiko became a certified Intro II teacher with the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States in 2016. Her classes are dynamic and playful.

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