Classes Offered

SPRING 2022 

Please message me directly if you are interested in any classes for next steps.  Classes planned for in person with a zoom option for most– check in with me for updates on each offering as well as pricing and arrangements.

SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY 

12:30-2 PM Tuesdays  TUESDAY is FULL, waitlist available
Contemplate the meaning of life with us! We ask some of the ineffable questions regarding human existence, and attempt to address them through the schools of philosophy. Students help shape the scope and design of the class. We begin with the Pre-Socratics, philosophies of India, Plato and Aristotle, African conceptions of time, and issues in metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, logic, and existential thought systems.

WORLD LITERATURE

2:30-3:30 PM Tuesdays AND an older teen section on Fridays 4-5 PM.  Tuesday is FULL, waitlist available.

We move through some of the classics in world literature by discussion, optional writing assignments, close reading, character analysis, plot analysis, and historical context. Spring semester begins with Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.  The Friday section is reading George Orwell’s 1984. Selections are those usually read in high school or college literature classes.

LORD OF THE RINGS IN HISTORY AND MYTHOLOGY

10-11 AM WEDNESDAY
Join us as we move through the Silmarillion!

CIVILIZATIONS OF THE ANCIENT AMERICAS

11 AM-12:30 PM WEDNESDAYS – FULL

Fridays 5:30-7 PM older teens (16 and up)

This is the class that started my work with the NYC homeschool community! It forms the first part of a four-year cycle (Year 2: Greece, Rome, China; Year 3: Medieval Western and Eastern Perspectives and Renaissance; Year 4: Ages of Revolutions to the Modern). This term focuses on the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Mayan, Monte Alban, Andean, and Taino.  Art, primary source texts, architecture, religion, archaeology, linguistics, anthropology, and sociology are covered, as well as various modern interpretations.

TWEEN/TEEN CIVILIZATION OF ANCIENT AMERICAS

10-11:30 AM  THURSDAYS. FULL

We focus on Ancient American Civilizations, namely the Olmec, Mayan, Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Andean, and Taino. Art, primary source texts, architecture, religion, archaeology, linguistics, anthropology, and sociology are covered, as well as various modern interpretations.

Ages are 10ish to 13ish, with exceptions made for serious students who also enjoy games and deep conversatio.

Spring Semester takes us to the Ancient Americas.

LOSERS of HISTORY

10:30- 11:30 PM. Fridays

History is “written by the winners,” but what about the losers? We will spend the fall semester exploring world history, and focusing on the individuals whose decisions brought about disastrous outcomes. This term focuses on the modern losers. Note: “loser” doesn’t have to be insulting, but a reflection of a loss of power, status, and privilege. Thanks to Felicity and Santiago for suggesting this!

GEOLOGY AND HISTORY 

12:30 PM-2 PM Fridays Meets in person at musuems
This is not a typical earth science, geology, or “big history” course. We will discuss the beginnings of planet Earth, from its formation to its changes today, but also focus on how we interact with the rocks and minerals that make up the planet. Topics include metal mining, volcanic activity, fossil fuels, environmentalism, human interpretation of dinosaurs, colliding mountain belts and the meaning behind these mountains in local religions, and more.

SECULAR BIBLE

2:30-3:30 PM Fridays
Why read the Bible, from a secular perspective? Literature, history, law, politics, comparative religion, and current events reference the books that make up the Bible, so it’s important to have a grasp of it!  We are focusing on the New Testament this term.

OPEN TO ARRANGEMENTS

 Senior and Gap Year Capstone

 For seniors and gap year students, this is an opportunity to meet up with other seniors and homeschool educators to work on your final projects.  This is a student driven opportunity.  Dates and times tbd.

Some General Information

  • Ages for all classes: High School, with mature middle schoolers accepted and Middle Schoolish for the Thursday Mesopotamia.  If there is interested in sessions for younger students, please let me know
  • Homework is always presented, but not mandatory (with the exception of AP style classes, which require a lot of preparation). Each family may set the work expectations.  For the literature classes, I expect students to have the book that we’re reading.
  • Students are expected to be courteous to each other, and to me. This means engaging in meaningful discussions relating to the material, not using class time for personal means, staying off phones, and acting in a respectful manner to me and to classmates, which includes students’ names and pronouns.  Note that this is an anti-racist, anti-homophobic and transphobic, anti-antisemitic, and anti-sexist space.
  • Please feel free to reach out concerning your child’s progress and participation in classes