We invite kids from 8 to 10 years old for online classes in the Orthodox Educational Club. Online registration is open at www.OCAPE.org (to register, please create an account and file the registration form on the site. Please use your real name when filling out the User Registration form). The first day of classes is September 22. Classes suggest that the student will spend for homework from 4 to 7 hours a week. On Saturdays, children will be able to listen to conversations with priests, Father Luke and Father Leonty, devoted to the upcoming Sunday service, which will allow them to more deeply delve into the essence of both the service and the Sunday sermon. Once a month they will have classes on history, about prominent representatives of the Russian emigration who have had a significant influence on the culture of the United States.
There will also be a weekly physics classes. During classes, students will be introduced to physics, modern physical technologies and natural sciences under the guidance of PhD. Vladimir Andreevich Joshkin. The program of studies in physics and engineering is aimed at ensuring that a student who is interested in technology receives a basic knowledge at the bachelor of engineering specialties by age 18. Classes in the circle will give students an idea of the modern technologies that they will need when working as engineers, scientists, doctors, farmers. We will not only tell you about them, but also teach them how to use them. Children will learn the basics of technical drawing, work with mechanical tools, learn the basics of electrical and computer engineering. For 8-10 year olds, the study of physics will go through demonstrations and experiments, making models and working with them, through practical skills training. Students will also learn the basics of programming and working with CAD programs. By the age of 15, guys will be able to use not only office and design software (Pspice and FreeCad analogue of SolidWorks), but also learn the basics of programming in Basic, C, C ++, and Python.
We do not have any special prerequisites for students. It is assumed that children of 8 years should know the basic arithmetic: addition, subtraction, and should have at least ,some knowledge of the multiplication table. They also need to understand Russian spoken language and be able to read Russian (or want to learn how to read Russian, but then parents will have to help them in studying textbooks). Since the lesson program includes working with tools, children MUST WORK UNDER ADULT CONTROL. Moreover, we expect that parents will be involved in the process of educating children, being an additional link between us and students, since it is easier for them to understand their child and notice the difficulties that he has with understanding materials. This information is essential to us. It will help us to see a problem in understanding of the lesson by child, explain misunderstood parts of the lesson in different way, and to correct the program for him. Additional requirements for students are set out at the end of the registration announcement.
But the goal of the club is not only to give children a deeper knowledge and instill in them important practical skills that they do not get in the modern school at this age, but also to create a fiendship-partnership (tovarischestvo) based on Orthodox Christian culture. The tovarischestvo is in its original Russian pre-Soviet meaning, as it was, for example, in Russian cadet corps. Therefore, we will strive to assist parents in inculcating in children the foundations of Russian Orthodox Christian behavior: love for God, love for Russia and its centuries-old history, love for ancestors, respect for one's neighbor, for his success, for his views. Our goal is to help children find new friends who share the Orthodox system of beliefs, lifelong friends, so that the child will grow up, while studying in the "liberal" university, do not feel alone in their beliefs. And at the same time this communication with others, who have the same spiritual values, will contribute to its self-development, since it creates additional motivation for this self-development within the framework of norms accepted by the community.