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Grade K-2 Courses


First Hour 10:00AM

KARATE K-5

Fee: $115

This class is designed to teach self-defense, improve self-confidence, teach non-violent problem solving, and be a physical workout that engages all of the major muscle groups. This form of martial arts is unique in the sense that it uses basic principles from biomechanics, sports medicine, and kinesiology. These sciences are applied to make sure that students are learning effective techniques that are not telegraphed, and regardless of how often or long and individual is practicing, it won’t cause joint damage (which is commonly associated with traditional styles of martial arts). Instructor: Black Belt Academy

LITERATURE PROJ- Famous Picture Books Reader’s Theater K-2

Fee: $135

After we read picture books together, students will have a chance to practice their comprehension and acting skills by performing a reader’s theater of each book. Instructor: Cristal Moyer

PHYSICAL WORLD- Magic School Bus (Part 2) K-2

Fee: $145

Explore a variety of natural world topics by reading Magic School Bus books or watching the DVDs. We will conduct hands-on activity and experiments based on the topic for the week.  New content second semester, no prerequisite. Instructor: Cristal Moyer

 


Second Hour 11:00AM

CRAFTS- Crafts For Kids- Having More Fun! K-2

Fee: $145

Let’s have fun honing our fine motor skills by making fun stuff! In this class students will learn to hold scissors properly, gain confidence with writing tools and wield a stick of glue like a pro! This class was offered last semester but there is so much more out there for us to do and discover. New projects have been selected and more messy fun will be had by all. Instructor: 

PHYSICAL WORLD- The Science of Why? K-2

Fee: $145

In this class we will go on a journey to answer all the big questions…why does the sun rise and set. Why don’t dogs talk? Students will come to class with all of those big why questions and we will work on crafts and experiments to help us understand the why’s or our WHY is that?!? Instructor: Melodee Bourdeau

MUSIC- Clapping Rhythms K-2

Fee: $145

We’ll learn all sorts of different partner clapping games to learn different rhythms & give a performance/presentation at the end of the session! Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski

MUSIC- Lean On Me K-2

Fee: $145

We’ll learn to sing/play the song Lean on Me by Bill Withers & give a performance of it at the end of the session! Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski

 


Third Hour 12:30PM

Multimedia Art (Self-Pay Only) K-2

Fee: $145

Class will focus on giving students an opportunity to experiment with various media including watercolor, oil and soft pastels, acrylic and ink. All projects are developed for this age group and gives each child the opportunity to add their own art flare, as they are leaning techniques used by professional artist. The class will include demos from the instructor and plenty of time for students to Create. Instructor: Tina Hotchkiss

LIFE SKILLS- Friendship Class K-2

Fee: $135

This class will focus on developing character and how to be a good friend. We will focus on kindness, sharing, empathy, and everything it takes to be a good friend. In this class, students will learn from real world experiences, act out scenarios, do hands-on activities, and read books. Instructor: Cristal Moyer

LITERATURE PROJECTS- Fairytales K-2

Fee: $135

How much do you know about your favorite fairytales? We will be reading popular children’s fairytales, exploring origins, different versions from around the world, examining common themes, and performing reader’s theatres where children can act out their favorite fairy tales. Students will be expected to participate in class, complete activities at home that we will use in class.  Instructor: Cristal Moyer

ENGINEERING TECH PRINCIPLES- Story Telling with LEGO

Fee: $145

Using the LEGO Education StoryStarter kits as a hands-on learning tool to enhance students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. In this class, students will use lego building materials, minifigures and software to create their own stories. This course combines the fun of playing with LEGO and the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills that come with storytelling! Instructor: Katie Tilton

 


Fourth Hour 1:30PM

WORLD ERAS- Famous Inventors K-2

Fee: $135

Inspire kids to think outside the box and explore new ideas by sharing stories about inventors and how their innovative ideas changed the world.  Instructor: Cristal Moyer

LITERATURE PROJECTS- Reading Detectives K-2

Fee: $135

Get your magnifying glass as we search engaging picture books! We will look for literary elements using story maps, completing author profiles, learning about synonyms, antonyms, homophones, similes, metaphors, personification. This class will provide students will a good foundation for how good readers read.  Instructor: Cristal Moyer

GYMNASTICS K-3

Fee: $115

Ann Arbor’s premier gymnastics club will provide specialized equipment, including tumbling mats, balance beams, mini bar, wedges and octagon, vaulting, and much more! Students will gain focus, fitness, strength, flexibility, confidence, and self-esteem. Join us for the fun. Grades accepted: K-3 (4 year old students are welcome if Mom stays) Attire: shorts or warm-up pants and a t-shirt. A leotard is optional. Bare feet—no socks or tights. Instructor: Gym America


Fifth Hour 2:30PM

THEATER ART AND TECH- Put-On-A-Play K-2

Fee: $135

Young aspiring performers will get a chance to perform for their parents and friends as we put on a performance! We will take some poems of Shel Silverstein and create a performance piece. Students will be asked to memorize some poems and lines of poetry (each person can decide how much or how little he/she feels comfortable memorizing), and we will act out some of Silverstein’s humorous verse. Class will also include warm-up drama games and activities and learning basic theater skills like projection and enunciation. Homework will involve memorizing lines (parents will need to help with this, especially if the child cannot read yet) as well as some easy-going drama work. Instructor: Alex Moore

IMPROV- Drama Games and More K-2

Fee: $135

Lots of fun will be had as we play away! Build confidence, learn cooperation, use your imagination, and be dramatic in this beginning drama class. Homework will be an easy 30 minutes per week. Instructor: Alex Moore

SPANISH CULTURES- Beginning Spanish 2

Fee: $145

Students in my class will engage in conversations. They will work in pairs to practice the conversation. Students often begin to speak without looking at the conversation, or they begin to improvise naturally using puppets. Gestures are used as much as possible to reinforce the language. Playing charades is a great way to do this. I will be asking students to memorize the conversation. The partner conversation is the starting point, but the goal is to have student change and manipulate the language as much as they can. It gets them to practice more and internalize the language. They do perform for the whole class. Students will be exposed to music, art, games and literature as a cultural experience. Come and join us, it is fun and adventurous! Prerequisite: Beg Spanish 1 or prior Spanish experience.  Instructor: Miriam Del Valle


Additional cLASSES nOT cURRENTLY rUNNING

During our Initial Registration Period we offer a wider variety of classes than what makes it to the final schedule.  Teachers may offer slightly different classes side-by-side in the same hour (such as Theater Scenes vs. Shakespeare Theater) then, based on our Initial Registration Requests, we run the most popular classes and cut the ones with low interest.  This  gives students and families a strong voice in the class selection process each semester and allows ULA to fill classes that students are most interested in.  We hope you will consider registering early next semester to take advantage of the opportunity to help shape our class schedule!

Here are some of the additional classes we had available during the Initial Registration Process:

WORLD ERAS- Ethics Through Stories (Not Available)

Fee: $145

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Those that do not learn the past are doomed to repeat it?” That’s because the adage often holds true. In this class we will visit some of the most famous moments in time to better understand human nature and some of the mistakes that were made. We will then, given our new knowledge, adapt those stories into modern student created tales to help us understand and relate to these very real people whos decisions and actions still impact us today. Instructor: TBD

PHYSICAL WORLD- Fairy Tale STEAM (Not Available)

Fee: $145

After reading a fairy tale, students will build or create a structure using everyday household or classroom items. These activities will encourage critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills, as well as, problem solving and teamwork. Instructor: Cristal Moyer

WORLD ERAS- Ancient History (Not Available)

Fee: $135

Many of our laws, customs and societal practices are based on things that happened long ago. We will explore the roles of the ancient cultures in our current laws and customs.

ELEMENTARY PROJ- Letter Writing (Not Available)

Fee: $135

In this class, we will be exploring communication through letters. We will examine letters of old and new to understand what goes into effective communication. Students will explore personal and formal letter writing and learn to express themselves through the written world. Instructor: TBD

Grade 3-5 Courses


First Hour 10:00AM

KARATE K-5

Fee: $115

This class is designed to teach self-defense, improve self-confidence, teach non-violent problem solving, and be a physical workout that engages all of the major muscle groups. This form of martial arts is unique in the sense that it uses basic principles from biomechanics, sports medicine, and kinesiology. These sciences are applied to make sure that students are learning effective techniques that are not telegraphed, and regardless of how often or long and individual is practicing, it won’t cause joint damage (which is commonly associated with traditional styles of martial arts). Instructor: Black Belt Academy

AMERICAN CULTURES- Discovering Native Americans 3-5

Fee: $135

Each week we would explore a new tribe while also “travelling” all over the US and Canada.  We would do projects every other week that related to the tribes that we were studying. Instructor: Seta Keon

PHYSICAL WORLD PROJECTS- Digging for Dinosaurs 3-5

Fee: $145

Each week we would investigate a new dinosaur. We would look into the era of time which the dinosaur lived and find out what plant life and other animals were around during that time. Instructor: Seta Keon

TECH DESIGN- Maker’s Lab: Sewable Electronics (Grade 5+ only)

Fee: $175

In this class students will be learning how to sew basic circuits to light up LEDs, control them with buttons and switches and even experiment with a pre-program LilyMini circuit that reacts to ambient light levels. We will work to get through as many projects as we can in this course. (Must be in Grade 5+) Instructor: Katie Tilton


Second Hour 11:00AM

Exploring Watercolor & Ink (Self-Pay Only) 3-5

Fee: $145

Watercolor can be transparent and free flowing. In contrast, ink marks are controlled and opaque. Mixing these mediums is a perfect combination for high contrast, colorful, and striking artworks. Students will learn techniques used by professional artists in a relaxed fun atmosphere. Instructor: Tina Hotchkiss

PHYSICAL WORLD PROJECTS- Magic School Bus 3-5

Fee: $145

Explore a variety of science topics by reading Magic School Bus books or watching the DVDs. We will conduct hands-on activity and experiments based on the science topic for the week.
Instructor: Cristal Moyer

TECH AND HUMAN FUNCTION- Inside My Body 3-5

Fee: $145

We will learn all about the skeletal system, our bones and joints, the skull, the brain, the digestive system, the heart, the respiratory system, the excretory system, the skin, and the nervous system. Instructor: Cristal Moyer

LEADERSHIP- Group Leadership (Grade 5+ Only)

Fee: $145

This class will combine group work with civic awareness. Students will learn how to work in a group atmosphere while being challenged each week with a new task that they must complete together.There will be small homework assignments on Haiku each week that will help students retain what we have learned in class. There will also be a semester end project where students will have to come up with a way to donate their time and talents out in the community. Topics discussed in class will be: What Is Leadership, What To Look For In A Leader, Communicating, Active Listening, Group Roles (The 4 different roles in a group), How To Motivate A Team, Your Impact On Community. In this class students will do hands on activities for each topic, view short video clips that support the topics and create a final project with materials that are supplied in class as well as some outside resources. (Must be in Grade 5+) Instructor: Seta Keon

TOASTMASTERS- Toastmasters Club (Grade 5+ Only)

Fee: $135

In this class, students will learn tips, insights, and strategies which will help them become a confident and effective speaker. We will explore 10 different speech styles over the course of the semester. Each speech style will help the student learn a new skill for public speaking. This class is also a great way for kids to come out of their shells and create new comfort zones while speaking in groups of any size!  (Must be in Grade 5+)  Instructor: Seta Keon

 


Third Hour 12:30PM

AMERICAN PIONEERS- Pilgrim Simulation 3-5

Fee: $135

Students work in pairs or small groups to compete against the original pilgrims in making decisions about where to set up their colony, when and how to trade with Native Americans, etc. Teams earn points from their classwork and participation, but there are also “fate” cards that deliver good or bad fortunes. There will also be mini-simulations where students get to act out activities like finding food, protecting their colony, planting crops, and interacting with the Native Americans. We may also include a Thanksgiving feast! Homework will primarily be learning more about Pilgrims through readings, videos, and online resources, and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes per week. Instructor: Alex Moore

AMERICAN PIONEERS- Lewis & Clark Simulation 3-5

Fee: $135

Working in teams, students retrace Lewis and Clark’s route on a map as they “earn miles” by learning facts about the expedition and practicing cross-curricular skills. Sample activities include deciding what supplies to take, making a speech to Congress requesting funding, learning sign language, building a model of Fort Mandan, mapping Native American tribes, making a rainstick, keeping an expedition journal, and cataloguing plants and animals. Homework will primarily be learning more about Lewis and Clark through readings, videos, and online resources, and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes per week. Instructor: Alex Moore

MUSIC- Animal Songs 3-5

Fee: $145

We’ll learn to imitate/sing/play all sorts of animal sounds like birds, whales, etc and give a performance at the end of the session! Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski

MUSIC- Recipe Songs 3-5

Fee: $145

We’ll make a song up for a recipe so that we can always sing it and remember what ingredients we need and how to make it. Performance at the end of the session. Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski

HEALTHY LIVING- Physical Fitness (Grade 4+)

Fee: $115

Ann Arbor’s premier gymnastics club will provide specialized equipment, including tumbling mats, balance beams, mini bar, wedges and octagon, vaulting, and much more! Older students will participate in strengthening their body through fun physical fitness activities and cooperative games. Throughout the semester physical fitness will be monitored and periodically evaluated. Students will be taught basic fitness drills they can use at home and tumbling skills such as: forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels, and handstands. Come join in the fun while getting into shape! Instructor: Gym America

NATURAL WORLD PROJ- Current Event Science 2 (Grade 5+ Only)

Fee: $145

Each week we would investigate a new science topic that was related to an article or video found in the news. We would talk in depth about the science behind the concept   New material for second semester but prior class not required!  Instructor: Seta Keon

 


Fourth Hour 1:30PM

HISTORICAL PROJECTS- Women In History (The Rebels) 3-5

Fee: $135

Come one come all, this class is great for everybody (that means boys too!) We will take a look at 14 women who have shaped our lives and made history in some meaningful way! Can you say RBG! (who is RBG you say…take this class and find out!!) This class will involve some research and fact gathering, but no long form reports. The aim is to find things out about a few (14) women and what they have accomplished. Come find out about women who are often over looked in “typical” history books and classes. Instructor: Melodee Bourdeau

AMERICAN ERAS- Unfamous Presidents 2.0  3-5

Fee: $135

In semester 1 we voted on and found fun facts about 14 guys who we deemed to be unfamous. This next semester we will pick up and get to our second picks. There are still a bunch of stuff we don’t know about these past presidents. If you missed semester 1 no problem, you can easily join with the class. Instructor: Melodee Bourdeau

GYMNASTICS (Grade 3 only)

Fee: $115

Ann Arbor’s premier gymnastics club will provide specialized equipment, including tumbling mats, balance beams, mini bar, wedges and octagon, vaulting, and much more! Students will gain focus, fitness, strength, flexibility, confidence, and self-esteem. Join us for the fun. Grades accepted: K-3 (4 year old students are welcome if Mom stays) Attire: shorts or warm-up pants and a t-shirt. A leotard is optional. Bare feet—no socks or tights. Instructor: Gym America

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING- Story Animation with Scratch 3-5

Fee: $145

Bring your stories alive using animation! Using Scratch, a computer learning tool and a visual programming language, students will create animated characters, backgrounds and learn the basic parts of a story to help them create their animated story. No previous experience needed but basic computer skills are helpful. Instructor: TBD

SPANISH CULTURES- Advanced Spanish 2 (Grade 5+ Only)

Fee: $145

Students in my class will engage in conversations. They will work in pairs to practice the conversation. Students often begin to speak without looking at the conversation, or they begin to improvise naturally using puppets. Gestures are used as much as possible to reinforce the language. Playing charades is a great way to do this. I will be asking students to memorize the conversation. The partner conversation is the starting point, but the goal is to have student change and manipulate the language as much as they can. It gets them to practice more and internalize the language. They do perform for the whole class. Students will be exposed to music, art, games and literature as a cultural experience. Come and join us, it is fun and adventurous! Prerequisite: Prior Spanish experience.  Instructor: Miriam Del Valle

 


Fifth Hour 2:30PM

SEWING SKILLS- Needle Punch Embroidery 3-8

Fee: $145

In this class we will learn the skills and techniques to make a punch embroidered “sampler rug”. Punch embroidery is not the same as needle embroidery and will need a special tool purchased for each student. It is an easy technique to learn and the art creates really interesting items that can be made into pillows, rugs, and wall hangings. After we do a few small simple projects to get the technique down we will end with a larger “rug” that can be placed on the floor or hung on the wall. Instructor: Melodee Bourdeau

CRAFTS- Paper Crafts 3-5

Fee: $145

In this class we will learn all the interesting things that can be done with simple paper. We will start with origami and move into bead making and end up with some paper mache messy fun. If it can be made with paper we will! Instructor: Melodee Bourdeau

SPANISH CULTURES- Beginning Spanish 2

Fee: $145

Students in my class will engage in conversations. They will work in pairs to practice the conversation. Students often begin to speak without looking at the conversation, or they begin to improvise naturally using puppets. Gestures are used as much as possible to reinforce the language. Playing charades is a great way to do this. I will be asking students to memorize the conversation. The partner conversation is the starting point, but the goal is to have student change and manipulate the language as much as they can. It gets them to practice more and internalize the language. They do perform for the whole class. Students will be exposed to music, art, games and literature as a cultural experience. Come and join us, it is fun and adventurous!  Prerequisite: Beg Spanish 1 or prior experience. Instructor: Miriam Del Valle

BEGINNING ROBOTICS- Arduino Basics (Grade 5+ Only)

Fee: $145

The Arduino platform is an open-source computer hardware/software platform used by artists, designers, students and anyone interested in making something interact with the world around them! Automatic pet feeding machines, houseplants that can Tweet and much more can be created using an Arduino! Instructor: Katie Tilton

 


Additional cLASSES nOT cURRENTLY rUNNING

During our Initial Registration Period we offer a wider variety of classes than what makes it to the final schedule.  Teachers may offer slightly different classes side-by-side in the same hour (such as Theater Scenes vs. Shakespeare Theater) then, based on our Initial Registration Requests, we run the most popular classes and cut the ones with low interest.  This  gives students and families a strong voice in the class selection process each semester and allows ULA to fill classes that students are most interested in.  We hope you will consider registering early next semester to take advantage of the opportunity to help shape our class schedule!

Here are some of the additional classes we had available during the Initial Registration Process:

WORLD ERAS- Ancient History (Not Available)

Fee: $135

In this class we will explore history and retell the stories in a modern interpretation to highlight the main ethical lessons that each historical event offers. Instructor: TBD

MUSIC- Reading Music Notation (Not Available)

Fee: $145

In this course students learn the skill of reading Modern Western Music Notation. Class will include practicing things such as flashcards, rhythm notation, pitch names, different clefs, sight-reading, key signatures, time signatures, scales, ear-training, singing and playing music written on a page. Students will also write out their own music to share and the group will give a performance of written music to an audience at the end of the course. If students want to bring in their instruments that they play at home, this is very welcome. We go outside whenever we are able and when an activity permits. Homework will include things like practicing a scale we learned, writing out a melody, watching a video about music theory, etc. Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski

PRESENTING IN THE MODERN AGE- Writing In The Modern Age (Not Available)

Fee: $135

With the world becoming a smaller place, the written word has become the main mode of communication and is of the utmost importance. In this class we will explore written communications like email, text, letters, and blogging. Instructor: TBD

 

Grade 6+ Courses


10:00AM

“Pop, Bang, Pop!  It’s Art Time!” (Self-Pay Only) 6+

Fee: $145

If you love art that is big, bright and bold, come explore the exciting world of POP Art! We’ll take a peek at work by famous pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg to see how ordinary, everyday objects can inspire colorful, fun, thought-provoking works of art! Then, using a variety of techniques including printmaking, sculpture, and collage, you’ll make some POP Art of your own! Instructor: Tina Hotchkiss

TECH DESIGN- Maker’s Lab: Sewable Electronics 5+

Fee: $175

In this class students will be learning how to sew basic circuits to light up LEDs, control them with buttons and switches and even experiment with a pre-program LilyMini circuit that reacts to ambient light levels. We will work to get through as many projects as we can in this course. Instructor: Brain Monkeys/Katie Tilton


Second Hour 11:00AM

AMERICAN ERAS- Great American Confrontations 6+

Fee: $135

This class will combine history, theater, and public speaking, as students take on roles of famous people and debate topics around important cultural and historical controversies. In this game show or talk show format, every two weeks or so, students will take on new roles. Some class time will be used to learn about the viewpoints of the character roles, but homework will also require students to become familiar enough with biographical material to accurately represent this person in class in a debate format Instructor: Alex Moore

WORLD ERAS- World History Re-Enactments 6+

Fee: $135

Students simulate the siege of Constantinople, circumnavigate the globe in a Magellan Readers Theatre, arrange themselves into living tableaux re-creating art masterpieces of the Renaissance, participate in a Scientific Revolution science fair, and play the roles of Hobbes, Locke, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Kant, Mary Wollstonecraft, Ben Franklin, and others in an Enlightenment salon. Homework will include learning more about the topics being discussed and sharing information through discussions. Instructor: Alex Moore

TOASTMASTERS- Toastmasters 5+

Fee: $135

In this class, students will learn tips, insights, and strategies which will help them become a confident and effective speaker. We will explore 10 different speech styles over the course of the semester. Each speech style will help the student learn a new skill for public speaking. This class is also a great way for kids to come out of their shells and create new comfort zones while speaking in groups of any size! Instructor: Seta Keon

LEADERSHIP- Group Leadership 5+

Fee: $145

This class will combine group work with civic awareness. Students will learn how to work in a group atmosphere while being challenged each week with a new task that they must complete together.There will be small homework assignments on Haiku each week that will help students retain what we have learned in class. There will also be a semester end project where students will have to come up with a way to donate their time and talents out in the community. Topics discussed in class will be: What Is Leadership, What To Look For In A Leader, Communicating, Active Listening, Group Roles (The 4 different roles in a group), How To Motivate A Team, Your Impact On Community. In this class students will do hands on activities for each topic, view short video clips that support the topics and create a final project with materials that are supplied in class as well as some outside resources.
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Instructor: Seta Keon


Third Hour 12:30PM

HEALTHY LIVING- Physical Fitness 4-12

Fee: $115

Ann Arbor’s premier gymnastics club will provide specialized equipment, including tumbling mats, balance beams, mini bar, wedges and octagon, vaulting, and much more! Older students will participate in strengthening their body through fun physical fitness activities and cooperative games. Throughout the semester physical fitness will be monitored and periodically evaluated. Students will be taught basic fitness drills they can use at home and tumbling skills such as: forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels, and handstands. Come join in the fun while getting into shape! Instructor: Gym America

NATURAL WORLD PROJ- Current Events Science (Part 2) 5+

Fee: $145

Each week we would investigate a new science topic that was related to an article or video found in the news. We would talk in depth about the science behind the concept.  New content for second semester but no prerequisite!  New students welcome! Instructor: Seta Keon

SEWING SKILLS- Needlepoint Self Portraits 6+

Fee: $145

In this class we will discover the simple craft of needle point. Students will create a “self-portrait” on paper to begin and transfer that onto the appropriate canvas. We will learn the super simple needlepoint stitch and use special yarns to “color in” our portraits. Needle point is a very simple craft to learn but does take time and patience to complete an entire project. The goal of this class will be to complete a portrait in the 14 weeks so some work at home will be necessary Instructor: Melodee Bourdeau

SEWING SKILLS- Sewing Beyond The Basics 6+

Fee: $145

Now that we know how to operate a sewing machine with some precision it’s now time to dig in and make lots of stuff! Students will help pick projects and instructor will find appropriate beginner friendly patterns and techniques to make all the things.  Prior sewing machine experience necessary. Instructor: Melodee Bourdeau

 


Fourth Hour 1:30PM

MUSIC- Composition of Elements 6+

Fee: $145

We’ll listen to a song and learn how many elements there are per section (melody, bassline, harmony, etc) & how they work together, then compose 1 song as a group that has the same amount of elements per section. Performance at the end of the session. Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski

MUSIC- Tuning and Drones 6+

Fee: $145

We’ll practice singing and playing instruments with a drone to listen for tuning/pitch & learn songs that have drones and melodies to play together. A drone is a held pitch like you’ll often hear in classical Indian music, Turkish music, etc. Performance at the end of the session.  Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski

BRAIN GAMES- Historical Mathematics 6+

Fee: $145

In this course we will be taking an architectural tour through time as we explore some of civilization’s greatest achievements and failures in construction.  We will focus on mathematical principles and their discovery to see how our abstract understanding of math translates into the world we build around us.  Instructor: Nerida Bridgford

SPANISH CULTURES- Advanced Spanish 2  5+

Fee: $145

Students in my class will engage in conversations. They will work in pairs to practice the conversation. Students often begin to speak without looking at the conversation, or they begin to improvise naturally using puppets. Gestures are used as much as possible to reinforce the language. Playing charades is a great way to do this. I will be asking students to memorize the conversation. The partner conversation is the starting point, but the goal is to have student change and manipulate the language as much as they can. It gets them to practice more and internalize the language. They do perform for the whole class. Students will be exposed to music, art, games and literature as a cultural experience. Come and join us, it is fun and adventurous! Prerequisite: Prior Spanish experience.  Instructor: Miriam Del Valle


Fifth Hour 2:30AM

BEGINNING ROBOTICS- Arduino Basics 5+

Fee: $145

The Arduino platform is an open-source computer hardware/software platform used by artists, designers, students and anyone interested in making something interact with the world around them! Automatic pet feeding machines, houseplants that can Tweet and much more can be created using an Arduino! Instructor: Katie Tilton

SEWING SKILLS- Needle Punch Embroidery 3-8

Fee: $145

In this class we will learn the skills and techniques to make a punch embroidered “sampler rug”. Punch embroidery is not the same as needle embroidery and will need a special tool purchased for each student. It is an easy technique to learn and the art creates really interesting items that can be made into pillows, rugs, and wall hangings. After we do a few small simple projects to get the technique down we will end with a larger “rug” that can be placed on the floor or hung on the wall. Instructor: Melodee Bourdeau

CULINARY EXPRESSIONS- Science In Cooking 6+

Fee: $175

Cooking is science and it’s an aspect of cooking that fascinates me. In this semester, we’ll look at each cooking session as a science experiment and will strive to understand what’s really going on (and enjoy tasty treats along the way). I hope you’ll join me. Instructor: Lilian Anderson


Additional cLASSES nOT cURRENTLY rUNNING

During our Initial Registration Period we offer a wider variety of classes than what makes it to the final schedule.  Teachers may offer slightly different classes side-by-side in the same hour (such as Theater Scenes vs. Shakespeare Theater) then, based on our Initial Registration Requests, we run the most popular classes and cut the ones with low interest.  This  gives students and families a strong voice in the class selection process each semester and allows ULA to fill classes that students are most interested in.  We hope you will consider registering early next semester to take advantage of the opportunity to help shape our class schedule!

Here are some of the additional classes we had available during the Initial Registration Process:

Artist Trading Cards (Self-Pay Only) (Not Available)

Fee: $145

Students will create small pieces of art that they can trade with other artists or keep in their portfolios. This is a fun way to share art and explore different media.  Instructor: TIna Hotchkiss

TECH DESIGN- Junkbot Electronics (Not Available)

Fee: $145

You can learn a lot by disassembling an old VCR or other recycled electronics device. In this class students will be disassembling old electronics to learn how they work, the electronic components that are inside and how we can repurpose motors and other components to build something new. Students will learn proper tool use and safety, basic electronics terminology, how to read a schematic diagram, how to solder and how to build something new out of what was old. Instructor: Brain Monkeys

PRESENTING IN THE MODERN AGE- Technical Writing (Not Available)

Fee: $135

As our ability to communicate with people around the world grows, so does our need to effectively communicate through the written word. Writing with the six traits – In this class, students will use the Four Blocks writing model to learn to write paragraphs, working up to full stories. We will refine our writing by using the Six-Traits of writing (Ideas, Organization, Word choice, Voice, Conventions, Sentence Fluency). Instructor: TBD

LEADERSHIP- Group Leadership (Not Available)

Fee: $135

This class will combine group work with civic awareness. Students will learn how to work in a group atmosphere while being challenged each week with a new task that they must complete together.There will be small homework assignments on Haiku each week that will help students retain what we have learned in class. There will also be a semester end project where students will have to come up with a way to donate their time and talents out in the community. Topics discussed in class will be: What Is Leadership, What To Look For In A Leader, Communicating, Active Listening, Group Roles (The 4 different roles in a group), How To Motivate A Team, Your Impact On Community. In this class students will do hands on activities for each topic, view short video clips that support the topics and create a final project with materials that are supplied in class as well as some outside resources. Instructor: Seta Keon

TOASTMASTERS- Toastmasters (Not Available)

Fee: $135

In this class, students will learn tips, insights, and strategies which will help them become a confident and effective speaker. We will explore 10 different speech styles over the course of the semester. Each speech style will help the student learn a new skill for public speaking. This class is also a great way for kids to come out of their shells and create new comfort zones while speaking in groups of any size! Instructor: Seta Keon

MUSIC- Reading Music Notation (Not Available)

Fee: $145

In this course students develop the skill of reading Western Music Notation by learning songs by ear and learning how to write them out. Class will include activities like clapping to learn rhythms, learning about the basics of written notation, writing music down, reading music, singing, and playing instruments. Students will give a presentation about how to read Western Music Notation & perform the music they’ve learned for an audience at the end of the course. Homework will include things like practicing instruments, flashcards, watching a video about scales, etc. Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski

NATURAL WORLD PROJ- Human Body (Not Available) 

Fee: $145

What is the most complex machine ever invented? The Human Body! Everyone knows what the human body looks like on the outside, but what does it look like on the inside? In this course we will study the six major systems of the body: Cardiovascular, Digestive, Nervous, Muscular, Respiratory, and Skeletal system. Through hands on activities, labs and reading your student will have a better understanding of how our amazing bodies work! Instructor: Seta Keon

AMAZING USA PROJ- Cantering The Country 6+ (Not Available)

Fee: $135

We will take a road trip all over the beautiful U-S of A! We will be visiting every state in this course! Through crafts and activities we will learn new and interesting facts that connect each state that we visit. Topics we will cover include: Review Of The USA, Geography terms, Special events or holidays each state celebrates, Map work, Presidents and famous people who hail from each state

Students will receive weekly handouts that cover the theme that class period. There will be hands on activities and crafts for each continent/topic that we discuss. There will also be a map that tracks our “travels” throughout the world and we will watch video clips of the culture and topography of each area we “travel” to! There will be short weekly online assignments for students to complete that will support and expand on what we learn in class. Instructor: Seta Keon

SHAKESPEARE PROJ- Shakespeare Production (Not Available)

Fee: $135

Shakespeare production. Shakespeare is back! We will be reading and acting out a modernized and abridged Shakespeare play (to be determined based on number of students enrolled). Also during this class, we will learn about life in Shakespearean England through reading and drama, play theater games, and put on at the end of the semester, a funny, abridged, and modernized version of the play that is sure to have everyone laughing. Memorizing lines is encouraged, but not necessary. Instructor: Alex Moore

SEWING SKILLS- Learn To Cross Stitch (Not Available)

Fee: $145

Learn to Cross Stitch- Using Adia cloth When people hear cross stitch they often think of embroidery rings. This class will focus on the techniques of a unique fabric art that has been popular for hundreds of years. Projects will be student driven and we will discuss the historical significance of this particular fabric art. Instructor: Melodee Bordeau

AMERICAN ERAS- History of Rock & Roll (Not Available)

Fee: $135

Are you a musician or music lover who wants to learn more about how music got to where it is today?. Explore the evolution of musical genres and the social contexts in which they were born. We will select one musical genre and explore its roots and growing pains and see how its elements filter across all types of other music and cultures. This term will will be focusing on Rock-and-Roll. In this class there will be weekly homework required that will involved research and answering a few thought provoking questions to prepare for each week. Instructor: Spencer Michaud

WORLD ERAS- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Not Available)

Fee: $135

Change can often be a struggle, especially when it comes to large groups of people, nations or even the world. In this class we will explore movements of change throughout the past. We will be searching for what brought them about, how they were executed, and their effects, many of which affect our lives today. This class will begin with the Magna Carta and end with current social and political revolutions. In between, we will explore Martin Luther, the American and French Revolutions, the rise of Communism in the East, and the Civil Rights movement in our own country. Instructor: TBD