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Fall 2019 Class Schedule

Fridays • October 4 to November 22*

ROOM A
9:00–10:30 am
High School Biology (12+)

10:30–12:00 pm
Probability and Statistics (11+)

12:00–1:00 pm
Northern Light Newsletter (7+)

YOUTH ROOM
1:00–2:00 pm
Writer’s Kitchen (9–14)

ROOM B
9:00–10:00 am
Ceridwen’s Cauldron (all ages)

10:00–11:00 am
Ancient Artifacts (5–10)

11:00–12:00 pm
Ceridwen’s Cauldron (all ages)

12:00–1:00 pm
Art & Science Projects (all ages)

GYM
12:00–3:00 pm
Open Gym (all ages)

ROOM C
9:00–10:00 am
Reading between the Lines (9+)

10:00–10:30 am
Book Buddies (all ages)

10:30–12:00 pm
Board Games Club (all ages)

12:00–1:00 pm
Ancient Artifacts (5–10)

TCPL (LIBRARY)
2:15–3:45 pm
Geography (10+)

*See individual class descriptions for exceptions.


Wednesday Art & Art History for Teens:
A new partnership between NLLC and CSMA

Art & Art History (12+)
CSMA • 2:00–4:00 pm
Wednesdays, 09/25 to 11/20


Fall 2019 Class Descriptions

High School Biology

Ages: 12+
Time: 9:00–10:30 am
Room: A
Max. students: 8

This class is full

About the Class.
This class will cover one year of high school biology. Prior to each class period, students are asked to read one chapter from the textbook and complete a short homework assignment. During class time, we will review the assignment together, discuss the chapter material (with an emphasis on applying and extending the concepts), and play a quiz game.

Class Sessions.
This full-year class will run for all three NLLC sessions. Students will register for the entire year. Additional class sessions will be held during the month of September (9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27) and during the March intersession.

Honors Option.
Students wishing to prepare for the Biology Subject SAT in June can take the "Honors" option. This will entail some extra outside work and several extra class meetings throughout the year.

Materials.
Campbell Biology, Concepts & Connections, 8th Edition (Pearson)
ISBN: 0321885325

Requirements.
Ages 12+. Students should be able to do high school level work and should be prepared to complete the reading and homework assignment each week and participate actively in classroom discussions.

This class is taught by Rebecca Lambert.


Probability & Statistics for Middle and High School

Ages: 11+
Time: 10:30–12:00 pm
Room: A
Max. students: 11

This class is full

About the Class.
“Are hot dogs unhealthy? What percent of people wear their seat belts when driving? Which works better—a low fat diet or a low carbohydrate diet? Would most teenagers keep an extra $10 they received in incorrect change at a store, or return it? Does listening to music hurt students’ concentration and ability to study? How are peoples’ heights and foot lengths related? These are just a few examples of the types of questions that statistics can help us answer.”

This class with help you make sense of all of those statistics you see in your daily lives. It will help you think statistically and critically about your world. This is not your mom and dad's math class! Actually, this isn't even your mom and dad's statistics class. They never got to learn this stuff until college. You can learn it now!

This class will introduce students to concepts of probability and statistics with the goal of statistical literacy. The year-long class will start with basic statistical understanding and eventually progress to a level appropriate for high school students. The first NLLC session should be appropriate for students in the 6th through 12th grades while future sessions may be limited to the upper grade levels.

The aim of this class will be to assist students in working through three developmental levels (A, B, and C) of statistics while using fun, real world data that primarily will be generated by the class. Students will learn how to formulate statistical questions, collect data, analyze data, and interpret results.

Class Sessions.
In order to attempt to move the high-school level students through a basic probability and statistics course, we need to start this class earlier than NLLC starts; we will start on Friday 9/6. Students will register for one session at a time.

Requirements.
Students should be between 6th and 12th grades. Students must be able to read and write independently and be willing to participate productively in class and stay on task for group work. For the first NLLC session, students must have a basic understanding of fractions, fractions as decimals, and fractions as percents OR be concurrently studying these topics.

Materials and Additional Fees.
$3 per student for copying. Additional books may be required and adequate notice will be given.

This class is taught by Aubrie Entwood.


Northern Light Newsletter

Ages: 7+
Time: 12:00–1:00 pm
Room: A
Max. students: 12

This class is full

About the Class.
Back for its second year, the Northern Light Newsletter will continue as a "by kids, for kids" weekly publication featuring news stories, fiction, art, photography, and poetry. We will continue to welcome and encourage contributions of all types! This is a space to experiment, take risks, have fun, and try new things as writers and artists. If you long to see your byline in print alongside your original work … if you have a flair for photography or a talent for drawing ... this is the place for you.

NLNL class members will be asked to contribute to each issue, usually completing one or two assignments per week. Work must be emailed. Meeting deadlines is essential.

In addition to publishing a weekly newsletter, this fall we'll take on some new challenges. As the facilitator, my goal is to expose our members to the possibilities and potential of writing for newspaper and magazines. We'll spend some time analyzing other publications, learn what jobs various people do, and hone our skills at covering stories and taking photos.

Participants who are interested will be offered the chance to take on a "challenge project" for the paper this session. Challenge projects could include attending a play at the State Theater or Running to Places and writing a review; attending a local town or city government meeting and writing about a current issue; visiting a local business and writing a business feature; researching and writing about a national or global issue they feel strongly about; or producing a collage of photos or drawings. Projects should be of genuine interest to the contributor!

Class sessions will consist of an editorial meeting, where we plan the next week's issue and look at long term planning with challenge projects. Then we'll spend some time considering that week's theme from the world of newspaper and magazines. And we'll save some time for playing fun, competitive word-related games.

We will have a visit from a legendary local newspaper photographer who will tell us about his work, and possibly head out with us to take some photos.

Our class may also have opportunities to collaborate with other local publications. The publisher of Ithaca Child and Tompkins Weekly has expressed interest in connecting with us, and this is a work in progress. There may be opportunities for our students to publish their work in Ithaca Child or Tompkins Weekly.

Requirements.
Students need to be committed to contributing work each week to the newspaper. Meeting deadlines is key.

Additional Fees.
There is a $5 fee to help cover printing costs.

This class is taught by Laura Ulrich. Laura has spent 20 years as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor, starting as a reporter for Finger Lakes Community Newspapers. She went on to work as the managing editor for Finger Lakes, and then as an assistant editor for Momentum Media Sports Publishing. She has been involved in most aspects of writing, editing, and producing newspapers and magazines, and is excited to share this world with our kids.


Reading between the Lines

Ages: 9+
Time: 9:00–10:00 am
Room: C
Max. students: 10

About the Class.
Reading Between the Lines will delve into 20th century literature including classics like The Giver by Lois Lowry, 1984 by George Orwell, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Discerning the difference between plot and the meaning of the book, will be the basis of discussion. We will also apply historical and contemporary context, exploring the influence these authors have on us as a culture. We will focus on one's ability to analyze and discuss literature, though I will be available to help those who may choose to expand their writing abilities.

Requirements.
Although this class is for the avid and self-sufficient reader, we won't be reading in class- except to cite examples, prove points, and examine meanings. This class is open to anyone willing to be challenged to think about what they've read and maybe even willing to discuss it as a group. As a group we will decided the pace of the class (if we shall read a book a week, within two weeks,or a book per month) as we should all be on the same page!

This class is taught by Elena McCabe.


Ancient Artifacts

Ages: 5–10
SECTION I
Time: 10:00–11:00 am
Room: B
Max. students: 10

SECTION II
Time: 12:00–1:00 pm
Room: C
Max. students: 10

Both sections are full

About the Class.
For 8 weeks, we will look at ancient cultures of the world. Starting in Africa, we will see what cultural clues have been discovered in Asia, India, Europe, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Americas, focusing on 5,000 BC to 1,000 BC. During this class, we will add artifacts to a discovery book, make crafts from the time, play games, and eat snacks from this time period. We will also do some map and timeline work. This will be a fun exploration.

Requirements.
Kids that are 5-10 years old will enjoy this class.

Additional Fees.
$
5 to cover snacks and food

This class is taught by Liz Bonini-Stewart


Ceridwen’s Cauldron

Ages: all ages
SECTION I
Time: 9:00–10:00 am
Room: B
Max. students: 20

SECTION II
Time: 11:00–12:00 pm
Room: B
Max. students: 20

Section II is full

About the Class.
In this class, we will explore myths and tales from around the world through art, music, poetry, and simple theater games. We'll explore Grimm's fairy tales, Norse and Irish mythology, a few Nart sagas, and perhaps a few tales from India. We will sing songs from a variety of cultures and will listen to and sometimes act out these stories in class.

Requirements.
5+ is ideal, but there is some flexibility, especially if parents are in the room as well.

This class is taught by Jay Leeming.


Book Buddies

About the Class.
Book buddies is a reading program where older readers will be paired with younger non-readers or developing readers. Reading to younger children can help them develop a love of reading and a greater motivation to read while improving reading fluency in older, established readers. Readers are encouraged to bring their favorite books to share with their buddy. Developing readers will be given the opportunity and encouraged to read as well!

Note: there is no fee for this class.

Requirements. All ages, all reading levels welcome. Must be able to sit through a few books quietly.

This class is taught by Blair Eckensen.

Ages: all
Time: 10:00–10:30 am
Room: C
Max. students: 12


Writer’s Kitchen

Ages: 9–14
Time: 1:00–2:00 pm
Room: Youth Room
Max. students: 12

About the Class.
Join us for some fantastic Fall writing adventures! Roll up your sleeves, put on your story-chef hat, and enter the Writer's Kitchen. It's a place to learn about writerly ingredients and stir up stories. Here you'll meet interesting characters and taste spices for settings. Sometimes it's warm and cinnamon-scented, sometimes dark and filled with strange noises, depending on the whims of your imagination. It's always a interesting experience!

For the four classes in October, we'll focus on the art of scary story writing.

  • What elements of plot will send a thrilling shiver down readers' spines?

  • What sensory details make a scene creepy?

  • Can you give it a twist of originality?

  • How do a ghost and a werewolf resolve their conflict? What advice would a 200-year-old vampire offer?

  • Why does your character go investigate that noise in the basement when that never goes well in the movies?

From truly terrifying to melancholy ghost hauntings to humor/horror blends, you will learn how to guide your story from eerie beginning to thrilling conclusion.
Sometime during the week before Halloween, we'll meet up at a campfire (or by a fireplace if weather is not cooperating) to share these spooky gifts with our community.

Next, in November, we'll assemble our ingredients and you'll cook up a full length tale in the genre of your choice for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). What's that? It's an exciting, worldwide writing challenge to write a novel in 30 days, and they've created a specific curriculum for kids that we'll be using. Young writers each choose challenging-but-manageable personal word counts and work to meet them each week, and join hundreds of thousands of writers around the globe as we all work toward finishing our mini-novels.

We'll learn how to outline plots, chart character arcs, and more. Each week we'll get inspiration from a famous author's pep talk written just for young writers doing NaNoWriMo.

We'll also use surprise writing prompts to bring our simmering stories to a boil, and taste-test each other's stories and offer positive suggestions. Yes you can! It may sound crazy but it's surprisingly fun and totally possible! Some kind of anthology presenting everyone's work will be the outcome at the end of November.

For both months, writing time out of class is expected. In class writing craft will be learned, stories outlined, worked on, and supportive feedback given by peers.

In order to meet the needs of both younger and older writers, and keep a balance of fun and challenge, there will be times when kids will circle up in smaller groups to receive and practice specific writing strategies tailored to their writing levels. Older students should expect some deeper exploration of the craft during these break out circles, while younger students will begin with learning the basic nuts and bolts. For more seasoned writers there will be some out-of-class readings and activities assigned, higher word counts, more detailed story scope, as well as more complex consultation with me as needed. We will also come together sometimes to share our passion for writing, have fun, and support each other's work

Fair warning: there may be pumpkin muffins, tiny ghosts, and assorted plot fragments lying around. See you in The Kitchen!

Requirements.
I will aim to accommodate an age range of 9-14. If you have an 8 year old who loves to write, let's talk and see if it's a good fit. Students must be able to write independently, at their own pace, focus for the full hour on instruction, writing their story, and listening to others' work, and be able to give supportive suggestions/feedback to their peers. Parents are welcome to assist writers as needed at home.

Additional Fees.
$
5 for the Anthology.

This class is taught by Troye Platt


Geography & Library Research Skills

Ages: 10+
Time: 2:15–3:45 pm
Where: TCPL (offsite)
Max. students: 14

About the Class.
This class will take place at the Tompkins County Public Library for 1.5 hours. The first 10-15 minutes will be led by one of the teen librarians explaining a particular library resource or research method. Then there will be a short geography-related treasure hunt-style research challenge using the methods that were introduced. For example, "find out how many people live on the second largest island in the Canary Islands" without using a computer. The goal is to bring some media literacy and expand kids’ knowledge of paper resources as well as digital data bases that do not involve Mr. Google. 

The second half of class will be our favorite Geography Jeopardy!

Class Sessions.
This class will run for an extended session. Classes will be held during the month of September (9/13, 9/20, 9/27). There will be no class on October 25.

Requirements.
This class will be offered for those 10 and older. There will be research homework that must be done from a library (home libraries included, ie. the students must cite their hard-copy sources)

This class is taught by Kristen Brennan.


Open Gym Games

Ages: all
Time: 12:00–3:00 pm
Room: Gym
Max. students: none

All NLLC members are welcome to drop in for Gym Games from 12:00–3:00 pm during Fall Session. Open Gym Games is offered free of charge; no registration is necessary.


Board Game Club

Ages: all
Time: 10:30–12:00 pm
Room: C
Max. students: none

All NLLC members are welcome to drop in for Board Game Club during Fall Session. Bring your favorite board or card games to play with other kids and parents. Board Game Club is offered free of charge; no registration is necessary.


Teen Art and Art History:
A new partnership between NLLC and CSMA

Ages: 12+
Time: Wednesdays, 2:00–4:00 pm
Where: CSMA (offsite)

About the Class.
Calling all homeschoolers interested in making art and looking at, thinking about and engaging with Contemporary and Modern Art. This class will explore Art History through the lens of the present as an avenue into the way people live, think and work today. We will use the art and ideas of contemporary visual artists as powerful models for creative and critical thinking across subjects areas and disciplines. Projects will emphasize, reflect and develop personal responses to the art we are engaging with. Drawing, Painting, sculpture and less traditional contemporary practices like video and installation etc. will be explored. Class time will center around group discussion and art making. Students will be asked to do some preparatory work outside of class including reading, videos and research and occasionally work on projects. Some resources we will use will include SmArt History, The Metropolitan Museum’s The Artist Project, PBS’s Art21 and The Art Assignment as well as various books, magazines and blogs, Museum websites etc. We will make at least one trip to the Johnson Museum.

Class Sessions.
The first session of this full-year class will be held Wednesdays, from 09/25 to 11/20. Class is held at CSMA.

How to Register.
Register for this class through CSMA. There is a significant discount for members of NLLC. NLLC members must call the office to register and receive the discount. https://csma-ithaca.org/classes/art-and-art-history-for-homeschoolers/

This class is taught by Jessica Warner.