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2023 - 2024 Class Descriptions (Except Math, Computer Science, and Science)

CHAMPS 2023-2024 CLASSES

EXCEPT FOR MATH, COMPUTER SCIENCE, AND SCIENCE

Apologetics

The Story of the Church, Ages 13 and up

In this class, we will survey the history of the Church from New Testament times to the modern day, tracing the different movements and traditions that have sprung as the church moved throughout the globe. Along with this, we will read different biographical sketches, looking at some of the key people who have influenced the church through the centuries.

This class is part of a four year set of classes for high school students that introduce them to the Bible, the literature of apologetics, and the story of the church.

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Prewitt, brian.prewitt@yahoo.com

MIN / MAX: 3/10

CLASS FEE: $10

MATERIAL FEE: No fee due instructor. Students will need to get copies of the books being read and discussed.

 

Art Classes

Art Studio, Ages 13 and up

This is a class designed for intermediate and beginning students who want to grow in their drawing skills as well as explore different artistic mediums such as pastels, acrylic paint, print making, charcoal, pen and ink and some 3-D materials such as clay and paper mache etc. We will learn from master artists and explore more contemporary art themes. Students have an opportunity to work at their own pace on the varying projects that are offered to enjoy the creative process and product! Each year we will have a new and exciting focus, so both new and returning students are encouraged to join us to find their creative niche!

Supplies to buy: Sketchbook (for homework), drawing artist pencils (2B-6B), set of colored pencils (prismacolor), kneaded eraser, gum eraser, 1 black line fine line sharpie marker, 1 box of soft or med. vines charcoals, box of soft pastels (not oils). (All supplies can be purchases at Hobby Lobby or Michaels)

Teacher will supply all paper, paints, canvas, and 3-D materials.

INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Gilles, nbgilles@aol.com

MAX: 20 students

MONTHLY CLASS FEE: $35/month per student

MATERIAL FEE: A material fee of $35 per child will be collected in August for the first two children in a family. If there are three or more children in the family, material is capped at $70. In January an additional $20 will be collected per family for winter/spring materials.

 

Drawing and Design, Ages 9-12

This class is a wonderful opportunity for new and returning students to explore the basic principles of good drawing as well as have exposure to different art mediums such as acrylic and watercolor paint, pastel, charcoal print making and other 3-D materials such as clay or paper mache. Each year we have a new focus and work with materials in new and exciting ways. Join us for a great year of artistic discovery!!

Supplies to buy: Sketchbook (for homework), drawing artist pencils (2B-6B), set of colored pencils (prismacolor), kneaded eraser, gum eraser, 1 black line fine line sharpie marker, 1 box of soft or med. vines charcoals, box of soft pastels (not oils). (All supplies can be purchased at Hobby Lobby or Michaels)

Teacher will supply all paper, paints, canvas, and 3-D materials.

INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Gilles, nbgilles@aol.com

MAX: 20 students

MONTHLY CLASS FEE: $35/month per student

MATERIAL FEE: A material fee of $30 per child will be collected in August for the first two children in a family. If there are three or more children in the family, material is capped at $70. In January an additional $20 will be collected per family for winter/spring materials.

 

Young Artists, Ages 6-8

This is an exciting early art experience for beginning creative minds! We will explore many different mediums: acrylic paint, pastels, charcoals, collage and some clay and other sculpture materials. Students will be exposed to famous artists and their amazing styles of creating. Each year will bring new and exciting projects and a different focus, so new and returning budding artists are encouraged to join us for a great year!

Supplies to buy: Sketchbook (for homework), set of markers, set of soft pastels, artist pencils (2B - 6B), a set of colored pencils (prismacolor), kneaded eraser. (All supplies can be purchased at Michael's or Hobby Lobby)

Teacher will supply all paper, paint, canvas, and other 3-D materials.

INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Gilles, nbgilles@aol.com

MAX: 20 students

FEES: $35/month per student

MATERIAL FEE: A material fee of $30 per child will be collected in August for the first two children in a family. If there are three or more children in the family, material is capped at $70. In January an additional $20 will be collected per family for winter/spring materials.

 

Business Classes

 

A Tuttle Twins Introduction to Markets and Economics, Ages 9-12

In this class, students will be introduced to the concepts of markets, entrepreneurship, civics, natural lay, and government using the Tuttle Twins children’s books. (You can learn more about the books here.)

INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Johler, sarah.johler@gmail.com

MIN/MAX: 8 / 12

MONTHLY FEE: $20

A book list will be provided. Parents can order books on their own, or the instructors will place a bulk order. Email the instructors for more details:sarah.johler@gmail.com

 

Introduction to Leadership and Personal Growth, High School

Wondering what leadership is? According to Peter Drucker, "Leadership is the lifting of a man’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a man’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a man’s personality beyond its normal limitations."

How do you define personal growth? According to John Maxwell, “To reach your potential, you must grow, and you must be highly intentional about it because growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who don't. But first, you need a plan, and you need guides.”

We will be reading together books that will act as plan and guides for leadership and personal growth.

The instructor will provide all the books that will be read during the school year, and the book cost is covered by the supply fees. Some of the book choices will be based on the student’s interests and needs. The instructor reserves the right to modify the reading list to accommodate the students and ensure the best learning outcomes.

This is the list of readings:

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership - International Edition: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (May 31, 2022) by John C Maxwell (Author); Paperback; 338 pages; ISBN-10 : 1400237882; ISBN-13 : 978-1400237883

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential Paperback – September 2, 2014 by John C. Maxwell (Author) ; Paperback : 288 pages ; ISBN-10 : 9781599953670 ; ISBN-13 : 978-1599953670

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team Paperback – April 1, 2013 by John C. Maxwell (Author) ; Paperback ; 288 pages ; ISBN-10 : 9781400204731

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones Hardcover – October 16, 2018 by James Clear (Author) ; Hardcover; 320 : pages ; ISBN-10 : 0735211299; ISBN-13 : 978-0735211292

Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics) Paperback – January 7, 2008; by Peter F. Drucker (Author); Paperback; 72 pages; ISBN-10 : 142212312X; ISBN-13 : 978-1422123126

We will read one or two books written by Dale Carnegie; choices will be based on the student interests and needs, as following: 1) How to Win Friends and Influence People; 2) The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking; 3) How to Stop Worrying and Start Living; 4) The Art of Public Speaking; 5) How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking; 6) How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job; ASIN : B0B2LVMPCD

This class is designed for high school students. The class may be listed in your student transcript as 1 credits for leadership and personal development or as an elective class.

INSTRUCTOR: Isabela Ciuca, LCIUCA@YAHOO.COM

MIN/MAX: 5/10

MONTHLY FEE: $25 per month.

SUPPLY FEE: the cost of the books is estimated to $60 per semester.

 

Early Childhood/Elementary Classes (ages 3 through 7)

(See Language Arts and Physical Education for addition Preschool offerings)

 

Fun with Music, Ages 3-7

This class will provide a general music class experience that is fun, high-energy, and educational. Students will sing songs of many styles, learn about rhythm and basic theory, listen to fun classical works, play games, and play instruments, which will help them to learn the fun and joy of music. (This group will not perform in the winter/spring concerts, but we may hold impromptu performances in the lunch room for families to enjoy!)

INSTRUCTOR: Candy Murray, candymmurray@gmail.com

MIN/MAX: 3 / 10

CLASS FEE: $20/month per student

MAT’L FEE: $10 Aug

 

Preschool Workshop, Ages approximately 3-5

The program curriculum is structured using developmentally appropriate practices that emphasize cognitive, language, social and emotional growth, with respect to each child’s unique learning ability. With a special focus on hands-on activities and play, the program provides a naturalistic early childhood environment that is rich in language and literacy experiences, integrating art and music, and recognizes children as active learners.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Jackie Herr, jackelynherr@gmail.com

 

MIN/MAX: 4 / 14

 

CLASS FEE: $40.00 per month

 

MAT’L FEE: $25.00 August, $25 January

 

 

Foreign Language and American Sign Language

 

American Sign Language (ASL) for High Schoolers

Earn a highschool foreign language credit with American Sign Language. This class will be for all highschoolers and motivated 8th graders. Learn about Deaf identity, Deaf culture, and the unique language of Deaf Americans with everyday conversation practice. Reading assignments, videos, and self-practice that will be assigned as homework, and graded. Cumulative tests will be given each semester. No prior knowledge is required but please study the fingerspelled alphabet before starting class.

Please purchase "Learning Signing Essentials in 30 days, American Sign Language for Beginners", by Rochelle Barlow

INSTRUCTOR: Rachel Horan, rachhoran4@gmail.com, purehaven.com/rachhoran4, voice/text 708-955-2830

video phone 224-265-7003

MIN/MAX: 5/12

FEE: $20 monthly

MATERIAL FEE: $15 material fee due in August

 

Conversational Greek, Grades 5-8

In this class the students will learn basic Greek language and writing, Greek culture including cuisine, Orthodox Christian religion which is a big part of the culture along with music and Greek dance.

INSTRUCTOR: Sophia Neri, soneri7@aol.com

MIN/MAX: 5/10

Fee: $15 per month,

SUPPLY FEE: $30 supply fee for August and $30 for January

 

Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), Ages 8-12

Learn the basics of American Sign Language and Deaf culture with stories, games, and conversational practice. Non-graded language class. No prerequisite.

INSTRUCTOR: Rachel Horan, rachhoran4@gmail.com,

MIN/MAX: 8/14

MONTHLY FEE: $20

Materials fee: $15 (ONE TIME IN AUGUST)

 

Spanish 1, Grades 7th and up, with exceptions for diligent 6th graders

No prerequisite. This high-school level course uses the DESCUBRE 1 textbook from the highly-acclaimed Vista Higher Learning publishers and will include instruction in reading and writing, with a special concentration on Spanish conversation. The instructor will speak in Spanish during much of the class. Students will be expected to complete 3 to 4 hours of homework per week, the majority of it being submitted online. Students will also be using Spanish readers provided by the teacher to further expose them to the Spanish language and practice the skills developed through the textbook. When class requirements are met, the student can earn one credit of high-school foreign language.

INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Diaz, jessica.j.bryant@gmail.com

MIN/MAX: 4/16

FEE: $30 per month (2nd child in the family is $25/month; 3rd child is $20/month). Parents are welcomed to sit in on the class at no charge.

MATERIAL FEE: $25 in August

Textbook Fee: The textbook is DESCUBRE 1, published by Vista Higher Learning, which includes three years of online access that covers pronunciation of vocabulary, grammar drills, studies on culture, and self-testing. Each student will need his own book, workbook, and online access. Purchase information will be provided soon.

Spanish 2, Grades 8th and up, with exceptions for diligent 7th graders

Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or its equivalent. This course uses the DESCUBRE 2 textbook from the highly-acclaimed Vista Higher Learning publishers and will continue to develop reading, writing, and oral skills. The teacher will speak in Spanish for the majority of the class time, and students will be required to do the same. Students will be expected to complete at least 4 hours of homework per week, the majority of it being submitted online. Students will also be using Spanish readers provided by the teacher to further expose them to the Spanish language and practice the skills developed through the textbook. When class requirements are met, the student will earn one credit of high-school foreign language.

INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Diaz, jessica.j.bryant@gmail.com

MIN/MAX: 4/16 students

FEE: $30 per month (2nd child in the family is $25/month; 3rd child is $20/month). Parents are welcomed to sit in on the class at no charge.

MATERIAL FEE: $25 in August

Textbook Fee: The textbook is DESCUBRE 2, published by Vista Higher Learning, which includes three years of online access that covers pronunciation of vocabulary, grammar drills, studies on culture, and self-testing. Each student will need his own book, workbook, and online access. Purchase information will be provided soon.

 

Government, Civics, and History

 

Geography: Language and Culture Around the World, Ages 8-12

Class description: In this class we will go on a geographic journey of language and culture
around the world. Students will use their “passports” to discover various cultures and customs,
facts about countries, their capital cities, maps, flags, populations, and more. We will learn
about the world through interactive games and activities.

INSTRUCTOR: Kinga, Maciejewski, kinga.km@gmail.com

MIN/MAX: 4/10

MONTHLY FEE: $25

SUPPLY FEE: $20 August/ $20 January

 

History with the American Girls, Ages 8-12

American Girl was founded in 1986 by a teacher who believed that books could teach important life lessons and make history come alive for young readers. We will study certain girls, learning about life as these American Girls would have known it. We will discover what is happening in the world they live in as well as the world around them. We will bring history to life through teaching, games, food, crafts and plays. Each student will be presenting an American Girl to the class.

INSTRUCTOR: Sophia Neri, soneri7@aol.com

MIN/MAX: 6 students/12 students

CLASS FEE: $10.00/month per student

MATERIAL FEE: $25 (one time only)

 

 

Instrumental Lessons & Music Theory

 

Private Guitar Lessons with Michael Drew, Ages 6 and up

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Drew, strategery88@sbcglobal.net

MIN/MAX: 4 private students minimum

TIMES: Lessons are offered in 1/2 hour time slots. See schedule for specific times

CLASS FEE: $25/week per student on a monthly basis

MAT’L FEES: Lesson books will be purchased as needed

STUDENT TO BRING: Guitar, music stand

 

Piano

Piano w/ Mrs. Murray, Ages 5 and up

Individual piano instruction. Students must have a keyboard instrument available for practice in the home (electronic keyboards are acceptable for beginners, but intermediate and advanced students should practice on a piano). Students will also learn theory, ear training, and music history while learning repertoire from all musical periods. Lesson books are used, but are not the only source of learning. All students are expected to participate in the Christmas and Spring CHAMPs concerts.

INSTRUCTOR: Candy Murray, candymmurray@gmail.com

CLASS FEE: $25/WEEK, per student (class fee for private instrumental lesson is per lesson, not per month)

MATERIAL FEE: Based on needs of student

 

Piano/Voice w/ Mrs. Papritz, Ages 4 and up

Individual piano instruction. Students must have a keyboard instrument available for practice in the home (electronic keyboards are acceptable for beginners, but intermediate and advanced students should practice on a piano). Students will also learn theory, ear training, and music history while learning repertoire from all musical periods. Lesson books are used, but are not the only source of learning. All students are expected to participate in the Christmas and Spring CHAMPs concerts.

INSTRUCTOR: Lea Papritz, leapapritz@yahoo.com

CLASS FEE: $25 per week, which includes all books and materials

 

Violin with Mrs. Laura Vandacar, Ages 5 and up

Private Violin lessons are offered as a course at Champs for all students interested.

These lessons are designed for all levels ranging from beginner to advanced. During the 25 minute lesson held each week, students will learn technique, develop music reading skills, and perform music designed for their level. Students needing an instrument will receive recommendations pertaining to either the purchase or rental of an appropriate instrument. Please check the schedule for available lesson times. Contact info: lvandercar7@gmail.com

CLASS FEE: $25/week per student

MATERIAL FEE: Based on students’ needs.

 

Language Arts Classes

Creative Writing, Grades 7-12

Creative Writing is a great way for students to develop their own voice by exploring a variety of writing styles such as poems, short stories, autobiography, journaling, comic strips, etc. Students will study writing samples from various authors and poets and will learn that all writing is about communication with a purpose.

INSTRUCTOR: Tina Bakopoulous, fbakopoulos@yahoo.com

MIN/MAX: 5/20

MONTHLY FEE: $20
SUPPLY FEE: $25 in August. This covers the cost of books and supplies for the class.

 

Literature for Ages 5-7

Let's explore all kinds of topics in this fun and interactive class. Children will learn history, geography, culture and even math directly from a single story. They will also look at how the story was written and the various elements in that story as part of language arts. We will read many books to help us explore the world around us!

As an example, when we read the story How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman, we might use the story to learn about the different countries the character travels to in the book and play a geography memory game in the area of social studies; use the story to talk about the use of repetition and humor in writing/language arts; look at the medium used and the use of complementary colors for art; practice measuring dry and liquid ingredients for math; do an experiment to see what happens when salt water is left to evaporate and talk about healthy eating choices for science; and of course eat some homemade apple pie for fun!

INSTRUCTOR: Kinga Maciejewski, kinga.km@gmail.com

AGE: 5 to 7 years

MIN/MAX: 5 students/8 students

CLASS FEE: $15/month per student

MATERIALS FEE: $15 August / $15 January

 

Preschool Story and Art, Ages 3-5

The class would include a new book being read every week and a craft based on the book. We would be exploring different mediums such as paints, markers and crayons. There will also be cutting, gluing and collaging.

Rachel has taught this class another coop and loved it. The kids had so much fun making the story come to life. Rachel has an art background and studied all kinds of Art in college. She loves teaching and working with younger kids, especially during craft time.

INSTRUCTOR: Rachel Garrity, raemo3980@gmail.com

MONTHLY FEE: $20

SUPPLY FEE: $20 in August, $20 in January

 

 

Junior High School Literature (7th to 9th grades, or advanced 6th grade reader)

 

This Language Arts course is designed to strengthen and reinforce skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through an in-depth study of literature that will include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama.  This course will also offer students the opportunity to develop their writing skills with each unit that will be covered.  Students will be asked to come prepared weekly to class by completing readings and assignments as homework.  

Some titles that we will study this year will include:

Where the Red Ferns Grow

Anne Frank

The Outsiders

The Tell-Tale Heart

Romeo & Juliet

The Gift of the Magi

The Pedestrian 

Tuck Everlasting

 

Note:  Readings are subject to change.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Tina Bakopoulos, fbakopoulos@chsd218.org


MIN/MAX: 3 / 10
MONTHLY FEE: $35


SUPPLY FEE: $60 August and January. This covers the cost of all books being read and the supplementals that accompany them.

 

High School Literature and Writing, Grades 10 – 12, (or an advanced reader in 9th grade)

This English course is designed to emphasize the development of skills in critical reading of various texts with understanding through listening, speaking, and annotating. Also, this year, students will write with richness and complexity to communicate effectively about literature through essays and Socratic seminar. Students will be asked to come prepared weekly to class by completing readings and assignments as homework.  

This class is worth 1 high school English, Language Arts, or Literature credit. 

Some titles that we will study this year will include:

Of Mice and Men

The Bridge to Terabithia

The Cask of Amontillado

Othello

MacBeth

The Necklace

Night - Elie Wiesel

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Lottery

 

Note:  Readings are subject to change.


INSTRUCTOR: Tina Bakopoulos, fbakopoulos@yahoo.com 


MIN/MAX: 3 / 10
MONTHLY FEE: $40


SUPPLY FEE: $65 Fall and Spring. This covers the cost of all books and supplementals being used in this class.

 

Mythology II, Grades 4-6

 

Learn about ancient hero’s and mythological creatures through Homer’s The Iliad, a Greek Epic Poem that tells the story of the war between Greek and Trojans; the love between Helena and Paris; Achilles and Hector's deadly combat; and the Trojan Horse. Then explore the sequel with "The Odyssey" which depicts the perilous voyage home of the Green warrior Odysseys; his struggles against the one-eyed Cyclops; the terrible sirens; the dreadful, six-headed Scylla.

NO pre-requisite required.

INSTRUCTOR: Tina Bakopolous, fbakopoulos@yahoo.com

MIN/MAX: 5/20

MONTHLY FEE: $20


SUPPLY FEE: $25 in August. Covers the cost of books and supplies for the class.

 

 

Life Skills

Continuing Sewing, Ages 10 and up

In this class students will continue their knowledge of basic sewing skills, focusing on more detailed projects, such as dresses and skirts. They will learn how different garments/fabrics require a different hemming technique and then be introduced to using different notions (additional supplies for their garments, i.e. interfacing, horsehair braid) and learn how to utilize their function within the garment. The students will also continue to work on the Overlock (Serger) and the Coverstich machines. Based on how quickly the students work, we expect to get 2 - 3 projects finished within the year.

Instructor will contact the parents 1 month before school starts with information on which pattern to have and fabric types/amounts. Each project is approximately $50, including pattern, fabric, and notions.

INSTRUCTOR: Emilee Peterson, twirling10@gmail.com

MIN/MAX: 2/6

FEE: $30/mo

Supplies required: Hand-sewing needles, Straight pins, fabric scissors ***please bring your sewing machine if you have one***

 

Cooking Class, Ages 9 and up

Get ready for an adventure of discovery of Italian cuisine as we travel the country from north to south with Chef Calandrini. During each geographical region, students will learn basic vocabulary to accompany culinary dishes and skills. Classes will incorporate basic kitchen skills such as sanitation, behavior/discipline with respect to kitchen safety, duties/usage, and proper preparation of cooking areas and dishes, as well as basic butchering/carving, handmade pastas, sauces, meat/vegetable preparation, and desserts. All units of the class will be tailored and modifiable to age range of students. Each student will need an apron for class.

INSTRUCTOR: Chef Gaetano Calandrini, gaetanoc426@gmail.com

MIN/MAX: 8/15

MONTHLY FEE: $25

SUPPLY FEE: August: $30/ January: $30

 

Homesteading Beginning and Continued, Grades 8 – 12, or mature 7th grader

In this class, we’ll cover chickens, eggs, meat rabbits, fish farming, trapping, maple trees (syrup/seeds/leaves/flour), bees & honey, fruit trees, edible plants, cheese, gardening, canning, herbs, foraging, toothpaste, bread and so much more. Students will become natural resource detectives and learn self-sustaining practices in cool and creative ways.

INSTRUCTOR: Cathy Umlauf-Schulz, cathyumlaufschulz@gmail.com

MIN/MAX: 4/12

CLASS FEE: $25 a month

SUPPLY FEE: $30 August and January

Students may also be asked to bring additional food and possibly tools depending on the project.

 

Introduction to Sewing, Ages 10 and up

In this class students will be learning a range of sewing techniques, beginning with simple hand sewing projects which will prepare them for working on the sewing machine. These beginner projects will include learning several stitch types, sewing on buttons, exploring and working with different fabrics, and cutting/pinning. Students will be learning how to hem dress pants/skirts and jeans, as well as finishing seams, then eventually creating and constructing garments of their own. They can expect to complete between 4-6 projects throughout the year, depending on how quickly we move along. Fabrics and thread will need to be purchased as we come up on each project, the price for this will depend on what type of fabric the student chooses to use (& color for thread), but will likely be in the $25-$30 range, at most. This is typically a beginner to Intermediate Level class.

INSTRUCTOR: Emilee Peterson , twirling10@gmail.com

MIN/MAX: 2/6

FEE: $30/mo

MATERIALS FEE: $20 to cover first two projects

Supplies required: Hand-sewing needles, Straight pins, fabric scissors ***please bring your sewing machine if you have one***

 

Photography, Photo Editing, and Yearbook Design Class, Ages 13 and Up

This will be a split class. In the first part of the year, students will be learning a wide mix of how to take trick photos, family photos, and how to edit photos. In the second part of the year, students will learn the full design process it takes to make a successful family/ co-op yearbook from start to publication.

INSTRUCTOR: Annie Alvarez, aalvarez2011@att.net

CLASS FEE: $30 per month

MIN/MAX: 5/15

SUPPLY FEE: $40 for the full year

REQUIREMENTS: camera or phone that can take pictures, a computer that they can use for editing.

 

Performing Arts (Theater, Improv, Choir)

 

Children’s Choir, Ages 8-12

Children’s Choir introduces students to singing, music reading, and choral performing. Through listening, games, and special fun exercises, students learn how to sing a variety of musical styles, and also learn how to work together as a group. Students gain an appreciation of music, the confidence to perform in front of others, and the experience to actively participate in groups.

INSTRUCTOR: Celby Hadley, Celbyhadley@gmail.com

MIN/MAX: 5 / 99

MONTHLY FEE: $20

MATERIAL FEES: $15 in August and $15 in January

 

Children's Theatre Class IA, Ages 5-7

This class puts children’s play into a new perspective. Taking what these youngin's already naturally do, with their own ingenious imaginations, the kids will be put “on stage." They will use an array of home-made/home-found props, to create scenery and stage sets; and costumes will bring to life favorite stories. Familiar fairytales will allow for unique versions of the same (as in having four little piggies instead of the usual three.) Improvised ChampsLand stories are a favorite where the kids get to make up their own characters adding their own ideas to any plot acted out.

Presenting their self-written and/or self-illustrated book after a visit of our class-stuffed-pet to your home adds to conquering stage-fright and boosting self-esteem.

No memorization is expected for this class.

Throughout the year, do expect to be invited to our classroom for the occassional open-show.

Each Theatre class will perform once at a Champs Extravaganza either in December or May. THIS CLASS WILL PERFORM FOR CHRISTMAS 2023.

INSTRUCTOR: Masha Furmanova, mafusha88@hotmail.com

MIN/MAX: 6/12

CLASS FEE: $10 per child per month ~ Cash or check

MATERIAL FEE: $20 one-time fee per child

 

Children's Theater Class IB, ages 8-10

This group of boys and girls will be put “on stage" using an array of "backyard" costumes, props and stage materials. Kids will create familiar stories incorporating their own imaginative twists. Improvised ChampsLand stories - where the kids get to make up their own characters and add their own ideas to any plot they act out - are always a favorite. Participation of these students will be more evident than the younger class with a hope for less narration on the part of a storyteller (me) and more dialogue participation from the thespians. Once the kids have gotten the hang of our theatre expectations, the kids will be encouraged to produce excerpts of popular fairy-tales working in small groups; allowing them to choose their own costuming, setting and dialogue.

Memorization of scripts won't be expected.

Throughout the year, do expect to be invited to our classroom for the occassional open-show.

Each Theatre class will perform once at a Champs Extravaganza either in December or May. THIS CLASS WILL PERFORM FOR CHRISTMAS 2023.

INSTRUCTOR: Masha Furmanova, mafusha88@hotmail.com

MIN/MAX: 5/10

CLASS FEE: $10 per child per month ~ Cash or check

MATERIAL FEE: $20 one-time fee per child

 

Children's Theatre Class II, Ages 11-19

Boys and girls will use an array of home-made/home found props to create their own scenery and stage sets along with creative costumes that bring to life very-short plays that they will be performing during class time. Acting skills and stage presence will be worked into all activities. Creating one's own made-up play is encouraged and could be read by the class and/or performed with my approval.

Some memorization will be expected.

Throughout the year, do expect to be invited to our classroom for the occasional open-show.

Each Theatre class will perform once at a Champs Extravaganza either in December or May. THIS CLASS WILL PERFORM FOR THE MAY PRODUCTION.

INSTRUCTOR: Masha Furmanova, mafusha88@hotmail.com

MIN/MAX 5/10

CLASS FEE: $10 per child per month ~ Cash or check

MATERIAL FEE: $20 one-time fee per child

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