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Sui Generis
Homeschooling Services

Art Journaling Workshop for Teens (Ages 14-17): An Introduction to Digital and Paper-Based Art JournalingStudents will draw on writing and imagery to express themselves and develop a higher sense of self-awareness through creativity and reflection.

 

Both digital and paper-based art journaling will be covered. Students will make their own website (which can be designated public or private) to showcase their work and compose digitally as well as use a composition notebook for paper-based work. The class is workshop based, so there will be some instruction and structured activities but also open lab/ composition time. A lunch break is included to help promote a sense of community amongst students, as they will be sharing their work with each other.

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Private Instruction

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Sui Generis offers private instruction for individual homeschoolers and existing homeschool groups of up to eight students, online anywhere in the U.S. and in-person in Orange County, CA.

 

At Sui Gen, we believe that engaging openly in the process of writing, without fear of failure or judgment, is often more valuable than the final "perfect" draft (and, ironically, often results in a more "perfect" final draft). Sui Gen classes put student writing at the center—we share our work and learn with and alongside each other. It is through transparent experimentation and self-expression via the act of writing that we learn, engage in critical thinking, discover ourselves, and feel content. Anyone can fall in love with writing and become a "good" writer, and I am here to guide you every step of the way.

About the Instructor

Sui Generis started when I embarked on my first homeschooling adventure with my daughter, years ago when she was twelve. I had to file a private school affidavit, and picking a name for the school became immediately important to me. I wanted it to convey what mattered most, and what drew me to homeschooling above all-else, was that it allowed individual families to make decisions that met their own needs. Out of that came an allegiance to the phrase "Sui Generis," which means "of its own kind." That was what I wanted for my daughter--an educational plan fit uniquely to her--and it is what I want for all of my students.

For homeschoolers, my approach is flexible and student-driven. Rather than teaching toward standards that an entire state or country of students must meet, I keep classes small and projects broad in scope so students can make the bulk of decisions in what they'll create themselves. Writing about what they care about, learning about what interests them--this is so important to me as an educator.

 

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I am a published fiction writer with an MA in Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing. I've taught writing to my own children (two girls at the middle school and high school levels) as a homeschooling parent and at the college-level at Santa Ana College and, currently, at Chapman University. 

I love writing and reading. Both are such excellent avenues for young people to practice and hone critical thinking skills they can apply in an endless amount of settings. Language is the foundation of so much communication and expression, and my hope is to help my students find meaning and value in the challenging yet fulfilling process of learning how they can use language to be creative, thoughtful, and empathetic individuals. 

--Jaime Campbell
   Director and Lead Teacher, Sui Generis School

Fall 2021 Course Options for
Private Instruction

Below is a comprehensive list of courses you may choose from for private instruction, though, if you have a different idea for an English class, feel free to share it with me, and I will teach it if I think I'd be a good fit.

 

All courses can be adapted for either the middle school (ages 11-14) or high school (ages 14-17) level, unless otherwise stated in the course description. Classes typically meet for 15-18 weeks, and start/ end dates can vary based on your family and/or group's needs (breaks can be added, too, for travel and holidays). For in-person classes, I come to you and teach where your student or existing homeschool group is most comfortable learning. Online classes meet live 1-2 times a week via Google Meet or Zoom. Online office hours are provided as well, for brief one-on-one assistance with course work. 

Private Instruction Enrollment Process

Composing the Self

Students will focus on self-expression, exploring their own beliefs and values through writing and multimodal compositions (those that use words, visuals, and sound). Students will draw on creativity, research, and personal experience as they compose a wide variety of texts (e.g. memoirs, manifestos, open letters, blogs, podcasts, memes, and/or soundscapes) all centered on topics of their own choice, connected to exploring what matters to them, in both formal and informal writing situations. Students receive extensive verbal and written feedback on their work from the instructor. Standard class rates apply, intended for groups of 3-8 students or individual instruction (1-2 students).

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Introduction to Creative Writing

Students will study and practice writing fiction, memoir, and poetry. Students will read some published writers' work, but the course will be largely centered on student writing, focusing on artistic expression through language. Students will share early drafts of their original work with the class, and then use class discussion as a jumping off point to further revise their creative writing. Students receive extensive verbal and written feedback on their work from the instructor. Standard class rates apply, intended for groups of 3-8 students. See "One-on-One Creative Writing" two entries below this one for an individual instructional option.

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Advanced Creative Writing

Students will study and practice writing creatively within a specified genre (i.e. fiction, poetry, or memoir) at a more in-depth and advanced level than in the intro class. The course will be largely centered on student writing, focusing on artistic expression within the framework of a specific genre. Reflection on students' writing process and style will also be explored. Students receive extensive verbal and written feedback on their work from the instructor. Standard class rates apply, intended for groups of 3-8 students. See "One-on-One Creative Writing" one entry below this one for an individual instructional option.

Private Instruction Enrollment Process

One-On-One Creative Writing

The student will focus on reading and writing creatively in genres (i.e. fiction, poetry, and/or memoir) of their choosing. Student and teacher will engage in discussion with one another regarding readings and student writing, as the student works through the writing and revision process on projects of their own design. Reflection on the student's writing process and style will also be explored. Students receive extensive verbal and written feedback on their work from the instructor. Standard class rates apply, intended for individual instruction (1-2 students only).

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Reading and Composing for Meaning

Students will read published literature and nonfiction focused on a specified theme (i.e. the environment, the future, film, revolution, sports, etc.), agreed upon between students and teacher prior to the first class, and then analyze the material in class discussion and their own writing. Students will then create their own texts and share them with the class for analysis. Students receive extensive verbal and written feedback on their work from the instructor. Standard class rates apply, intended for groups of 3-8 students but can be adapted for individual instruction (1-2 students).

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Applying to College

Students will be guided through the college application process, step-by-step, with the necessary tweaks that come with homeschooling (though non-homeschooling seniors are free to enroll as well). Emphasis will be placed on writing admissions essays (students receive extensive feedback on this from the instructor), but the course will also include selecting the right colleges to apply to, requesting recommendation letters, and organizing materials to meet deadlines. After applications are in, students will engage in a unit designed to prepare them for the social and emotional transition to college (this unit is optional and the course can be taught without it, for fewer weeks total). Designed for high school seniors. Standard class rates apply, intended for groups of 3-8 students or individual instruction (1-2 students).  

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Blogging About U.S. History

Students will read selections from Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States at the high school level and Rebecca Stefoff's adapted A Young People's History of the United States at the middle school level in order to compose their own multimodal (i.e. draws on words, images, and sound) blog, responding to our nation's history. Students will be guided in understanding and analyzing the reading, in the composing process of their responses, as well as the technical aspects of building their own blog, which they may designate as public or private. Students receive extensive verbal and written feedback on their work from the instructor. Standard class rates apply, intended for groups of 3-8 students or individual instruction (1-2 students).

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Reading for Pleasure/ Guided Book Club

This course is designed to foster a passion for (and regular habit of) reading, as opposed to providing an academically rigorous curriculum. Students will help select books that we will then all read and discuss. No essays or book reports—just open literary discussion and light journaling using fun, engaging reads as the jumping off point. Enrichment class rates apply, intended for groups of 3-8 students or individual instruction (1-2 students).

 

This course is similar to our monthly book club, but is intended to span a full semester (3-4 months and 3-4 books) and allows students to participate in selecting the books.

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Mastering Logical Fallacies (or Fallacy Fun)

Students will study major logical fallacies, with the intention of being able to identify common flaws in logic in media, politics, and their own thinking and writing in order to hone their critical thinking skills. Enrichment class rates apply, intended for groups of 3-8 students or individual instruction (1-2 students).

Private Instruction Enrollment Process

After selecting your preferred private instruction course from the list above, Email me (Jaime Campbell, Director and Lead Teacher) with the following:

  1. your course selection, 

  2. student name(s) and age(s), for the whole group if there will be more than one student (though each parent should also email me separately), and please clarify if you are looking for me to help you find others to create a group,

  3. whether you want online (anywhere in the U.S.) or in-person instruction (Orange County, CA only),

  4. your location (for in-person group instruction, specify the address of where you'll want instruction to take place),

  5. your availability for scheduling the course: Check the time length for  your selected class type (standard or enrichment) and size of group in the below blue boxes. Typically, meetings are once a week, but we can break it up into two meetings if the class exceeds 2 hours a week,  

  6. charter status (I am approved for Sky Mountain and will go through the process for others if you'd like me to and are willing to sponsor me, if necessary), 

  7. and any questions you have.

 

I will get back to you promptly with a response (rarely longer than 48 hours, and typically within 8-12 hours). If you have questions and prefer to talk or text, feel free to contact me at 714-317-8332. I look forward to hearing from you!

Private Instruction Rates

Private instruction rates differ for standard versus enrichment classes. Standard classes are fairly rigorous, include a good amount of reading and writing, and meet for more time per week compared to enrichment classes. Students also receive extensive verbal and written feedback on their work from the instructor in standard classes. Enrichment classes focus on honing passion and practice of one specific skill such as reading, and are not as demanding overall.

 

Private instruction rates also vary based on the size of your homeschool group and are per student, per week (most classes can be adapted to meet for 15-18 weeks). If you aren't a part of an existing homeschool group but are interested in group rates, please reach out to me, and I will see if I can match you up with others who might be a good fit for you. Likewise, if you're in a small group already, but would like help finding another small group to get a larger (i.e.cheaper) group rate, I may be able to help. 

FREE CONSULTATIONS available with no commitment required. I will meet you and your student(s) online (anywhere in the U.S.) or in-person (Orange County, CA only) and provide a mini sample lesson for whichever course most interests you.

Email or call/ text Jaime Campbell (Director and Lead Teacher) to schedule!

 

I also offer some spots on a SLIDING SCALE every term. If my rates aren't within your budgeted price range, but you're interested in classes, please contact me and we can discuss this option.

Payments may be made in full one week before the first class or in monthly installments, each made one week prior to the start of the month. Total cost will vary based on the number of students in your group and the number of weeks you are looking for the class to cover (15-18 weeks is typical, but we can make something else work, too).

 

Private Instruction
Standard Class Rates

8 students: $60 per student/ week (2.5 hours of class time each week) 

7 students: $65 per student/ week (2.5 hours of class time each week) 

6 students: $70 per student / week (2 hours of class time each week)  

5 students: $75 per student/ week  (2 hours class time each week)

4 students: $80 per student/ week  (1.5 hours of class time each week)

3 students: $85 per student/ week (1.5 hours of class time each week)

2 students: $95 per student/ week (1 hour of class time each week)

1 student: $125 per student/ week (1 hour of class time each week)

Private Instruction Enrichment Class Rates

8 students: $30 per student/ week (1 hour of class time each week)

7 students: $30 per student/ week (1 hour of class time each week)

6 students: $35 per student/ week (50 minutes of class time each week)

5 students: $40 per student/ week (50 minutes of class time each week)

 

4 students: $45 per student/ week (50 minutes of class time each week)

3 students: $50 per student/ week (50 minutes of class time each week)

2 students: $55 per student/ week (40 minutes of class time each week)

1 student: $60 per student/ week (40 minutes of class time each week)

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