Golden Gate Learning Foundation - a way to give back

Choosing to homeschool a child is a big deal. It’s not only an emotional transition and crazy family puzzle, but often the financial impact can be significant. One parent will often give up their income to manage their child’s education; add to that the cost of classes and materials. The need for scholarship and funding has not gone unnoticed. Daniel and Celeste Ezell, owners of Golden Gate Learning Center, generously discount tutoring, Chronos classes & enrichment costs for every family who needs it—no one is turned away due to lack of funds—but so far, they’ve carried that financial burden alone. Each child should have access to a good education in a safe environment at a pace that works best for them.

As a fresh year begins, please consider giving to the newly formed Golden Gate Learning Foundation. Your gift will fund scholarships to GGLC and support classical education and maker programming in Marin County.

You may restrict your donation to the GGLC scholarship fund or leave it unrestricted for any of our exciting future developments. Your gift will relieve resources at Golden Gate Learning Center so that Chronos Cohorts continues to develop at full capacity. Like you, I am immensely proud and honored to be a part of this community, learning and making each and every day with colleagues who value this immersive education.

Thank you for your donation and commitment to the value Golden Gate Learning Center provides. Your tax-deductible gift can be made to Golden Gate Learning Foundation (#83-0951115) and mailed to my attention at 921 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

Stayed tuned for details about our spring music-filled fundraiser!

In-kind gifts of working computers and tablets would also be greatly appreciated to continue Khan Academy and Coding classes!

Kati Dombrosky

Executive Director

Golden Gate Learning Foundation

Announcing Maker Camp 2019

We’re excited about this summer’s Modern, Post-Modern & Futuristic themes of Maker Camp! Be sure to check them out!

Chronos Explorers hike Lake Lagunitas

Last session outdoor explorers hiked the watershed near Lake Lagunitas. Each week, students learned a Medieval naturalist, their travels and interests. Explorers hiked trails, noticing flora & fauna, tracks, bird calls, scat, lizards, turtles, frogs, crayfish & insects. Then they drew a map of the hike, identifying points of interest.

Identifying a bird call with outdoor guide Steven

Identifying a bird call with outdoor guide Steven

Make Magazine visits Maker Camp!!!

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It was such an honor to host Make Magazine at Maker Camp last week.  We showed off our DaVentions & your hard-working makers, and they have mentioned us in the latest Make:Education newsletter!

Maker Camp on the AIR!
Make Magazine, creators of Maker Camp, hosted us today on their Maker Campfire hang out. Watch it here!  We have a 5 min. presentation of some of your campers' projects around the 35 min mark.

Ancient Making and Ancient Reading

Last week we reached 3 BC - having come from 8,000 BC and before - we've learned of the man Jesus born under Roman rule; we've studied Cleopatra and her powerful influence; we've followed China's warring states and their 300 years of battles. So not only have we followed the deep history of our civilization, but we reach out a bit in Book Club. Although the middle schoolers have read The Odyssey and are preparing to read The Aeneid, our kids and I are reading an array of literature; including our 4th and 5th grade session on Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and everyone's reading something on their own. -Miss Kati

Some adult reading

Some adult reading

Some favored 4th and 5th grade reading

Some favored 4th and 5th grade reading

3rd grade reading

3rd grade reading

something we all like and can laugh about

something we all like and can laugh about

Middle school (The Aeneid) and a teacher's favorite (Vasari's lives of the artists)

Middle school (The Aeneid) and a teacher's favorite (Vasari's lives of the artists)

A week in Sumeria or Egypt, like a week at GGLC

This week was all about Enheduanna. Who or what is that? Hopefully the kids will reply… Enheduanna, zirru-priestess, wife of the god Nanna, daughter of Sargon, king of the world, in the temple of the goddess Innana!

She wrote some of the oldest poetry ever recorded. Dated back to 2285-2250 BC when Enheduanna the Sumerian High Priestess wrote Inanna, Lady of the Largest Heart she gave depth and soul to the goddess character – equally as passionate and violent as any male counterpart from antiquity.

This week In Art, the kids designed their own tomb walls with what they’d bring to the after life and in Chronos they created moon discs, like Enheduanna’s. (see picture)

Between last week and this week, we’ve covered cuneiform, the poems to Inanna, Narmer’s palette and Narmer’s crown – the Egyptian crown symbolizing Narmer’s unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.

Check out Simon and Mars explaining how they vacuum form the crowns of Egypt in Make History. (see video)

Happy Birthday to Jude! Thanks to you and your mom for making those awesome Egyptian cookies!

Lastly, this Friday we had our first field trip. Thanks to Mar-Chet Jewelers on San Anselmo Avenue, the kids were able to see in-heated-action the alloys they’d studied throughout the week.

Chess Club - the game of capturing and learning

Chess Club - the game of capturing and learning

Finally after a year of finding the right time and the right leader, Chess Club kicked off yesterday with Chris Major at the helm.  And what a kick-off! The kids hung on his every word and watched his every move. He coached them in the simple pawn game as he slowly introduced the players (pieces). In this game we "capture", we don't "destroy" or "kill". We don't actually ever capture the King, we check-mate him.

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Noel Janis-Norton's Back to School Parenting Workshop

Back to School: Guiding Children to Achieve Their Potential

by Noel Janis-Norton

Learn effective ways to help your children and teens:
·      Improve concentration and attention to detail
·      Learn how to do their best
·      Develop confidence and self-reliance
·      Take more responsibility
·      Enjoy learning

 Whether your children are just beginning school or have been in school for years or are being home-schooled, you can learn simple and effective strategies that will make homework and home learning more enjoyable and more productive. 

In this interactive talk Noël will explain how parents can teach children and teens the essential "school success skills" that lead to academic competence, confidence and independence.  Bring your questions and concerns; Noel has the experience and expertise to help you resolve problems and overcome obstacles.

Noël Janis-Norton, founder and director of Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting and Teaching in London, is a learning and behavior specialist and an international best-selling author with more than 50 years’ experience in the US and the UK as a teacher, principal, special needs tutor, parenting advisor, consultant and lecturer.

Date:          Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time:          6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:          $27 per person
Register here

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Maker Camp: Tiny Worlds

This week in Maker Camp: Tiny Worlds, each camper made a stop motion films!  See their pieces below as well as highlights from the week!