Perfect for homeschoolers, these classes revive the spirit of inquiry and time-honored crafts in a fun, modern way. Classes held at Urban Homeschoolers 3852 Edenhurst Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90039 Tel: (323) 251-9652.
Fall 2016 semester begins the September 12th. To register: Go to the Urban Homeschoolers website or call (323) 251-9652.
C-Span StudentCam: Documentary Film Making
Ages 12-14: Wednesdays 9:00 – 10:30
Ages 14 & up: Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:00
Want to get political? Want to get your voice heard? Join Urban Homeschoolers’s first year of CSPAN StudentCam!
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition. The program was created to encourage students to think critically about issues that affect our communities, and our nation. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on the following topic: “What’s the most urgent issue for the new President and Congress to address in 2017? Click on the C-Span website to learn more.
Home Economics in a Post-Feminist World
Ages 14 & up: Fridays 10:30 – 12:00
This class is structured as a salon-style group in which students will discuss the history and development of home economics, examine the role of domestic science for men and women in the social media age, and learn what liberals and conservatives have to say about these issues. At the same time we’ll explore time-honored Home Ec. skills like hand sewing, menu planning, canning, etc. The final project will be the planning of a dinner party featuring good food, gracious entertainment and stimulating conversation.
Model United Nations
Ages 12-14: Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:00 and Fridays 9:00 – 10:30
Ages 14 & up: Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 and Fridays 9:00 – 10:30
In a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, students become ambassadors as they debate important global issues. We will learn about the world, about diplomacy, about international relations, and about problem solving. Both independent and group work is expected. Class will meet twice weekly, with 12-14 year class and the 14+ age class working separately on Wednesdays, and everyone coming together for joint sessions on Fridays. Students will also participate in regular in-class “summits” and will regularly attend larger Model U.N. events throughout the Los Angeles area on weekends.
My World: Social Action
Ages 9-14: Fridays 2:00 – 3:00
Let’s explore social problems and issues, their root causes, and society’s response. Students will work together to make a difference, locally and globally, through a series of philanthropic and political action projects. This class is not only philosophical. It’s hands-on Action!
Ages 14 & up: Mondays 1:30 – 3:00
In this class student will cover all the basics of machine sewing. We’ll start by demystifying the machine’s functions and maintenance. By the end of the class, students will have learned how to sew straight and zigzag seams, use and alter commercial sewing patterns, match the right fabric to every project, and create their own simple designs. Class projects may include draw string bags, tote bags, zippered pouches, throw pillows, barbecue aprons, and/or pajama pants.
Required Tools and Materials:
Sewing machine*, fabric scissors, tape measure, 18″ transparent ruler, tailor’s chalk and/or fabric marker, straight pins, pin cushion, seam ripper, and scrap fabric such as an old bed sheet. Pattern and fabric requirements will be discussed in class.
*Sewing machines need not be new or computerized models. Any full sized machine in good working order will suffice. No “miniature” or toy sized machines. Please bring the machine manual to class. If you no longer have the manual on hand, try searching online since manufacturers often make PDF copies available on their websites. Instructor has a limited number of sewing machines available for purchase.
Ages 12-14: Mondays 3:00 – 4:30
This fun and eco-friendly class will introduce students to basic hand sewing and no-sew techniques while transforming old clothes into new items for your wardrobe and home. Raid the family closet or the nearest thrift store, and we’ll transform unwanted t-shirts, neck ties, jeans, etc. into something to special. Required Tools: Fabric shears, disappearing fabric marker or tailor’s chalk
World History Through Textiles
Ages 14 & up: Fridays 12:30 – 2:00
From natural fibers like hemp, cotton, wool, and silk to man-made fabrics like polyester, nylon, and Kevlar, textiles have had an enormous impact on human civilization throughout the ages worldwide. In this class we’ll examine the impact of textiles on the areas of economics, science, warfare, exploration/conquest, social justice, and more. At the same time we’ll try our hand at producing textiles through a variety of techniques such as weaving, spinning, and dyeing.