Living Wisdom Learning Center Classes: Spring 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Living Wisdom Learning Center where a family-centered education lifestyle is part of our mission. To support you in your dedication to educating and raising your children we’ve created an offering for Winter/Spring of 2017 with you, the parents in mind. When you enroll your children, we’re giving you an opening in your schedule that allows you time to yourself while knowing your children are well taken care of and thriving. You deserve a reprieve in your schedule, time off, a little break because after all, parenting and homeschooling your children is 24/7. We know how much you put of yourself into everything you do. Now this is your time, all for you. Imagine having Monday’s to yourself. What would you do? Those very things you always mention when you say, “If I had time to myself I would…take a nap all day, read a good book, take a bubble bath uninterrupted, focus on that project that’s been waiting, have lunch with my sweetheart or best friend, or just catch my breath.” Choose what works best for you; all day, mornings only or afternoon’s only. Finish off your day by joining us for our closing Music Meditation: Tuning Up Brain and Body that’s for the whole family. The Living Wisdom Team looks forward to a fabulous and inspiring semester with you and your family.

How to Register: 

Step 1:   Pay Yearly Family Registration Fee  RegisterButton
(Skip this step if you previously paid for Yearly Fee in Fall 2016)
Step 2: Enroll in individual classes below “a la carte”.

MONDAYS

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Musical Theater, ages 6+RegisterButton
Instructor: Suzanne Yaffe
Classes meet on Mondays, 10:00 – 11:25 am
Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15

Create your very own musical production!  Together we will build the set, make the costumes, decide on the props, stage the scenes, choreograph the dances, and make merry!   It’s your chance to learn all the ins and outs of producing a musical, as well as be on stage. Not only will you learn some amazingly fun, new songs, build a set with your own hands, and be silly and laugh a whole lot; you’ll have the opportunity to get into character of someone completely different from yourself!

Why Should You Take This Course:

Theater builds great life skills of empathy and insight into other people’s inner lives, making those involved richer emotionally and more compassionate beings. Students of the arts gain confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, the ability to organize and prioritize, self-reliance as well as work well with a team, be poised, responsible, and skilled in leadership. Research and statistics show students in the arts consistently score higher on exams and are more likely to receive academic notice from schools, colleges and competitions. Not only will students gain knowledge on subjects covered in the production, but also in who they are and what they can do.

Materials and Supplies: $25

Fee for Theater: $245

Options: Pay in full now or pay half and make payment for second half within 30 days.Upon payment for class your seat will be reserved and additional details will be provided.


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Instructor: Donna Vail
Classes meet on Mondays, 10:00 – 11:25 am
Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15

Students are encouraged to bring studies or books they’re reading, drawing, coloring or anything they’re working on (conducive to quiet independent work) to study hall where a quiet place will be held to work on studies and wrap up with readings, discussions, shares and/or games. If any students need mentoring, accountability with goals or guidance they will be supported and encouraged. Learning to study in an environment with others that includes variables help build ability to focus, be less distracted in a more public setting and be inspired by the collective of others studying. No particular lessons or curriculum will be offered. Study Hall option is for those who choose to not do theater but would like to participate in the full day experience.

Fee for Study Hall: $55

Options: Pay in full now or pay half and make payment for second half within 30 days.Upon payment for class your seat will be reserved and additional details will be provided.


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Intergenerational, Ages 8 and up
Instructor: Maitri Smithhisler
Classes meet on Mondays, 11:30 – 12:25 pm
Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15

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In this overstimulated, increasingly electronic culture we live in, we are all exposed to stresses that simply didn’t exist even a decade ago. Yoga combined with meditation practices is the perfect “hygiene” for our nervous systems. Research has shown that these practices can increase concentration, critical thinking, creativity, and overall well-being. In this class students will learn and practice yoga skills that will serve them not only now but for their entire lifetimes.

Prerequisites: the willingness to learn!

Materials: Bring your own yoga mat

Fee for Yoga and Meditation for Kids course: $135

Options: Pay in full now or pay half and make payment for second half within 30 days.Upon payment for class your seat will be reserved and additional details will be provided.


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Mondays, 12:15 – 12:55 pm
Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15

Stay all day with us and bring your own lunch. We will gather for a bring-your-own-brown-bag lunch and social. Be sure to pack snacks and water bottle. (Microwave and sink available.)


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EXPOSITORY WRITING FOR TEENS, ages 12-17
Instructor: Donna Vail
Classes meet on Mondays, 1:00 – 2:25 pm
Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15

Writing is an essential skill that must be cultivated respectively. RegisterButtonUnlike speaking, writing gets complicated from the get go when a child is faced to put an idea into words and then the words onto paper. While it sounds uncomplicated, young writers need time and practice to become fluent in writing and how to construct writing. In this class we’ll cover pre-rhetoric skills in organization, outlining, sentence structure, points of view, summaries, literary criticism, research, documentation and note taking. Students will learn how to write with skill by using imitation and analysis of great writers of the classics including composition exercises in history, science, biography and literature. Students will complete a writing project by end of semester. Time in class will be spent on lessons, reviewing work, sharing writings with each other, requiring students to participate actively. Students will be required to write each day between class, submitting outlines, summaries, and narratives weekly. Once a week meetings in small class size, the instructor will be available to students outside of class time during office hours for questions and guidance. Weekly writing assignments review and feedback.

Course Objectives:

  • Summaries
  • Outlining
  • Literary Criticism
  • Research
  • Documentation
  • Writing from Notes
  • Final Project
  • Learn how to receive and want constructive feedback to make your writing better

Why Should You Take This Course:

  • Acquire the skill of writing essential for short and long-term success into your current homeschool, life learning, relationships, work, college and beyond
  • Learn to write better, communicate and express your message to others more clearly
  • Be prepared for high school and college level writing
  • If your reluctant to write, just getting started or even want to improve your writing skills while receiving group and mentor support

Note from the instructor: I’m providing this opportunity in a small environment incorporating group learning and self-education practices in a mentor style that nurtures your child to writing successfully. This is not a classroom-led approach but each student will be expected to complete and turn in assignments. I’ll always meet your child where they stand and nurture them to grow in knowledge, skill and confidence.

Text and Materials: Course of Study (provided) Writing Text (provided)

Notebook, 8 dividers, notebook paper, pen/pencil, Laptops welcome, if you prefer

Fee for Expository Writing Course: $280 / additional $25 text

Payment Options: Pay in full now or pay half and make payment for second half within 30 days.(returning students bring text from previous class) Upon payment for class your seat will be reserved and additional details will be provided.


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PRE-ALGEBRA AND ALGEBRA WITH JOY!
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Instructor: Jessica Cagle
Classes meet on Mondays, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15

Math is an essential skill that we all use in our daily lives. Many people say math is difficult and they can’t do it. I’m here to counter this thought process, help students understand math, make it more fun, and help the student feel confident in their math ability. In this class we’ll cover any pre-algebra or algebra that the student is working on in their individual curriculum. Students may be put in small groups or work individually, all under the teacher’s supervision and instruction, based on the class needs. The students will be given enrichment and encouraged to go above and beyond. Students will be given small assignments to work on each week to maintain competency. Class will meet once a week for an hour.

Why Should You Take This Course:

  • Individualized help for each student
  • Knowledge and guidance from an experienced teacher
  • Increased confidence in math

Fee for Algebra course: $290

Payment Options: Pay in full now or pay half and make payment for second half within 30 days. Upon payment for class your seat will be reserved and additional details will be provided.


butterfly-homeschool-nature-studyEntomology: Butterflies, Bees and Other Beneficial Insects of Texas    Ages 6-12RegisterButton
Instructor: Maitri Smithhisler
Classes meet on Mondays, 1:00 – 2:25 pm
Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15.

Some beneficial insects like bees provide us with nourishment through their honey and pollinating duties. Others, like butterflies, delight us with their beauty as well as are important pollinators. Beneficial insects in general play a powerful role in the balance of our ecosystems in the Texas landscape. In this class students will learn the interplay of these important insects that find Texas as their home. We will use multimedia and the arts including games and research projects to explore this exciting subject.

Why Should You Take This Course:

  • Learn how bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects contribute to a sustainable environment for our precious earth.
  • Students will discover how they can support these important creatures during these times of increasing environmental stress and decimation of essential habitats.
  • Each student will receive nectar plants and host plants so they can start to create their own garden sanctuary for these precious insect friends!

Materials and Supplies: $20

Fee for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Beneficial Insects Course: $155

Options: Pay in full now or pay half and make payment for second half within 30 days. Upon payment for class your seat will be reserved and additional details will be provided.


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Ages 6-12
Instructor: Donna Vail
Classes meet on Mondays, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15.

 

In this class you’ll learn all about plants from the roots up. Through our studies we will take an exciting and comprehensive look at the plant world around us. We will discover just how interconnected all of life is and how we are never separate from nature. Through individual documentation and experimentation, we will build skills in observation, drawing and sketching, painting, copy work and dictation, reading, researching, lab experiments and projects while practicing the scientific method. We’ll include some reading at home as well as library book suggestions to round out the learning with casual reading.

Why Should You Take This Course:

  • Understand the scientific concepts concerning plants
  • Discover the wonderful world of botany often overlooked in science programs
  • Appreciate the practical applications of plants
  • Learn identification
  • Keep a journal while also learning new artistic skills
  • Interconnect botany with science, literature, writing, art, geography and history

Note from the instructor: In this class I will work with students as partners. Even though our age range is wide I like to adjust within our shared experience to honor each student. I’ll always meet your child where they stand and nurture them to grow in knowledge, skill and confidence. Since this is a science class the question of Christian or secular is often raised. I will not be leaning one way or the other but simply focusing on the plant world and honoring those involved with their perspectives and beliefs. We will be studying various figures from history appreciating their role in botany as a whole. I will not be giving extensive homework however I will encourage students to do further explorations, reading and drawing or writing in between classes.

Text and Materials: $20, Course of Study (provided) Books and Text (provided) Lab Supplies (provided)

Please bring to class Notebook, 8 dividers, notebook paper, pen, pencil, ruler, scissors, transparent tape, colored pencils

Fee for Adventures in Botany Course: $230

Payment Options: Pay in full now or pay half and make payment for second half within 30 days.Upon payment for class your seat will be reserved and additional details will be provided.


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Intergenerational, Ages 6 and up
Instructor: Donna Vail
Classes meet on Mondays, 3:40 – 4:15 pm
Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15.

Music is the universal language and we are now discovering what the ancients knew long ago: music has the power to heal. Just as the music frequencies played by King David for King Saul to heal and what Aristotle recommended, we will relax and listen to music tuned in those frequencies of hertz. This is a professionally developed music program of healing music that is very enjoyable to listen to for all ages. The class gathering will be all about relaxing, healing and empowering. With this music we are able to wipe out fears, anxiety, procrastination, addictions, increase focus, creativity and balanced energy, feel more peaceful and foster more peaceful relationships, improve sleep, while also creating more awareness. It aligns with the chakras and respected systems of the body. This very music program has been used for healing. Whether we have anything to heal, we can always raise our vibration, energy levels, peace and empowerment. Our goal is to pause, relax and receive the many benefits, carrying it all through our week. This is a listening class.

Parents who want to sit in on these benefits may join their child for this class at no cost.

Fee for Music Meditation Course: $55

Payment Options: Pay in full now or pay half and make payment for second half within 30 days. Upon payment for class your seat will be reserved and additional details will be provided.


TUESDAYS and SATURDAYS

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Global Elementary Model United Nations, ages 8+
Instructor: Maitri Smithhisler
NOTE: These classes are offered off campus at KUMON, 7801 Alma Dr, Plano 75025 (corner of Alma and Hedgecox)

20 plus hour course meets on alternating Tuesdays and Saturdays at KUMON with 2 three hour workshops in different locations

TUESDAYS 4:30-5:30 pm: Jan 24, Feb 21, March 7, 21, April 11, 25

Saturday, Jan 28th,  9a-12pm, 3 Hour Workshop in Ft Worth (carpool provided), April Workshop TBA

SATURDAYS 3:30-5:30pm, Feb 11, March 4, April 1, May 6

GEMUN CONFERENCE: May 12-13, Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm,

GEMUN is an excellent hands-on approach to learning in a global context. Together in this class, students select a member country of the UN and study it in depth. They look at culture, politics, environment, arts and science, geology etc., of that particular country. It is as if they become a citizen of the country selected! Students create a visual display of their country for the conference. At the same time, they study the workings of the UN and it various committees and functions while also mastering the “language” of the UN.  This is accomplished in class as well as through practice sessions that occur throughout the year combined with other delegations. This preparation culminates in a two-day Model United Nations session at nearby Brookhaven College, May 12-13th. Students immensely enjoy the collegiate setting while participating in the GEMUN conference. Due to the authentic nature of the material and assignments, they see direct application of the information to their daily lives, the problems in the world and their surrounding environment. By role-playing delegates to the United Nations, young people from varied backgrounds learn about other countries, cultures, and international relationships, while developing a global perspective on real issues confronting the world community today, and acquiring many transferable, critical thinking skills. Learn more about GEMUN here: http://www.gemun.orghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXEi1-nNjyc

Course Objectives:

  • Learn in depth about a specific country and its role in the context of our global community
  • Understand more completely the complexity of global issues from different perspectives
  • Understand the dynamics and role of the United Nations
  • Develop more fully writing and critical thinking skills
  • Develop more fully the art of constructive dialogue and public debate

Benefits:

  • Promotes awareness of global issues, current events and other cultures
  • Develops transferable skills
  • Sharpens leadership, communication and public speaking skills
  • Encourages understanding of geography
  • Demonstrates the importance of exchanging ideas and cooperating in pursuit of common goals
  • Sparks independent motivation
  • Educates youth in the activities of the United Nations’ System
  • Provides opportunity to role-play representatives of a nation’s government and interests
  • Initiates constructive interchange on diverse world issues
  • Facilitates opportunity for peer interaction
  • Best of all, students have FUN while all these educational benefits are taking place!

Prerequisites:

  •  Must be able to attend BOTH days of the GEMUN conference (Friday and Saturday, May 12-13th) as well as two 3-hour Saturday morning practice sessions Jan 28th and April date TBA
  • Pages- ability to read
  • Delegates- reading and writing basics, and interest in public speaking

Required Text and Materials:

  • GEMUN conference registration (provided)
  • Course Manual, References (provided)
  • Sponsor Registration (provided)
  • Display Supplies (provided)

Fee for GEMUN course: $135 / plus $15 supply fee / $35 handbook if not previously purchased

Payment Options: Pay in full now or pay half and make payment for second half within 30 days. Upon payment for class your seat will be reserved and additional details will be provided.

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