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AJCW Winter Session

The latest batch of homeschooler cooperative classes is now available at AJCW. Classes start next week so contact those instructors soon to assure your child’s spot.

I personally will be leading another creative writing session and a philosophy social club. Here are the details for my classes offerings:

Creative Writing Workshop
9:45a – 10:45a
In the third session of creative writing workshop we are moving away from genres and towards themes. Each week the author will work on and share their piece of writing (be it fiction, poetry, persuasive essay,etc…) on the themes chosen. Some themes will be epic, like adventure, revenge or love. Others, not so epic, like computers or weather. The idea is for the theme to be a starting point for creativity and what each writer creates will be in some way connected to the rest of the classes’ creations. In previous sections we became comfortable with reading our works out loud and peer feedback. This time we will continue with those skills and build our strengths with rough draft writing and rewrites. All stories are required to be typewritten and submitted to the instructor for feedback each week. We will publish our favorite stories at the end of the session. Class will be taught by Kim Campbell. She has found plenty of opportunities to share her love of writing with the Chicago community of homeschoolers. She has worked as a literacy tutor, taught writer’s workshops and zine writing workshops and was the founder of the tween and teen clubs with NUG kids.
NOTE: Students need not have attended previous sessions to sign up for this class but should be comfortable working independently on writing and sharing with a group.
Class minimum: 5 students ages 11 years & up.
Cost: $70 per student, $130 for siblings.
Questions, information or to register contact Kim Campbell: kimATkimzyn.com

Philosophy Social Club
11:00a – 12:00p
Using the book Sophie’s World A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarden as a catalyst, the members of the philosophy social club will gather weekly to discuss the great philosophers and their ideas. Students will read 3 chapters a week of the novel at home and during the 6 weeks of class they will have discussed and debated topics ranging from myths all the way up to Descartes chronologically. The class itself will be “flipped”, meaning the reading and research will happen at home and the discussion and lots of lively group work will happen in class. This class promises to be fun and fascinating, as well as a great introduction to western philosophical thought. It will require a commitment to read and the willingness to be an adventurous thinker and presenter. Class will be taught by Kim Campbell. She has found plenty of opportunities to share her love of writing with the Chicago community of homeschoolers. She has worked as a literacy tutor, taught writer’s workshops and zine writing workshops and was the founder of the tween and teen clubs with NUG kids.
NOTE: The age limit of 12 and up is solid. Also: purchase and read the book Sophie’s World A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarden. Online book review: http://www.prolificliving.com/blog/2007/12/22/jostein-gaarder-sophies-world/
Class minimum: 5 students ages 12 years and up.
Cost: $70 per student, $130 for siblings
Questions, information or to register contact Kim Campbell: kimATkimzyn.com

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