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LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSES

for kids ages 7+

Our Jan-Jun 2021 Catalog 

Yes, everything’s online.

The LitWits Kit for THE CIRCUIT by Francisco Jimenez - LitWits Workshop - butterfly project group

Experiential literature workshops

As we talk our way through  the narrative arc, we stop to recreate (or indulge in) key moments and objects in sensory, creative ways. This makes for memorable teachable moments galore! For kids 7-12, taught by Becky and Jenny.

Read more/register for Jan-Jun 2021 workshops on The Trumpet of the Swan, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, A Little Princess, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, A Single Shard, and Little Britches:  Father and I Were Ranchers.

Jun-Dec 2020 workshops all sold out, but you can still get TIY Explorer’s Guides for those great books: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. 

Video workshops are coming this spring!  Subscribe to get the announcement.

Lisa Craddock - LitWits Workshops instructor for Foundations - Chronicles - Essaywriting Camps - crop

Foundations

This semester-length writing and literature course is offered both semesters, with a tutoring add-on option. This course will teach essential lessons through in-depth studies of literature, supplemented by music, film and art. It’s for ages 13+, and is taught by Lisa Craddock. Foundations is a-g approved for grades 9-10, and will meet California language arts standards, including essay writing.

If you’re interested in Chronicles, our a-g approved American Lit course for grade 11, please email Mrs. C–we can offer that class in the afternoon with a minimum of 4 students.

Fall enrollment is closed – we’ll be announcing our spring schedule soon. 

LitWits Writing Practice 2020

Writing Practice

This course teaches kids age 10+ how to emulate master authors. It’s taught by Becky and Jenny every other week for one semester at a time. (Not the same weeks we hold workshops, so your child can do both.)

Read more/register for spring 2021

Creative writing camps

Both PoetryWriting and StoryWriting camps are all about encouraging creativity while conforming to proven structures. As we tell the kids, you have to learn the rules before you can break them! For kids 8+, taught by Becky and Jenny.

We’ll be offering these camps again next summer . . .

Structural and mechanical writing skills camps

These week-long camps teach foundational rules for all kinds of writing! For kids ages 8+.  EssayWriting Camp is taught by Lisa Craddock; Mechanics Camp is taught by Becky and Jenny.

Hands-on Holidy Fun with Great Books! 

In this half-day, online camp we’ll read excerpts from literature that inspire a handmade gift–then kids will make that gift, or something similar, and wrap it, too!  For kids 7+, taught by Becky and Jenny.

Read more/register for Dec 3:  Hands-on Holiday Fun with Great Books