Alexander the Great


*This course is intended for lower elementary students


Class Schedule

Saturdays 9:00-10:00 am PST

October 12, October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16,
November 23, (no class November 30), December 7, December 14, December 21


Note: Classes are listed in PST, click below to convert time to your time zone.

Course Overview

Alexander was arguably the greatest general of all time. He was a conqueror, yes, but also a man far ahead of his time, who believed that all people of all races and countries were equal, contrary to what almost everyone else, including his teacher Aristotle, believed. Participants will hear about Alexander’s entire life, from the marriage of his parents and his own childhood until his death in Persia, discuss his actions from both historical and ethical perspectives, and try to understand the almost mystical bond he shared with his men.

**Please note that this class is sequential, so missing any classes will mean that your child will miss the foundation for the next class. We plan to start promptly on time with whoever is there, and those who arrive late will have to do their best to catch up.

Student Experience

Literary Analyst

Global Citizen


Pattern Seeker

Your Teacher: Matt Berman

  • M.A.T. in Philosophy for Children, Montclair State University
  • B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education K-8 University of Connecticut
  • Gifted Certification, University of New Orleans
  • 46 years in education

Recipient of the NEH Teacher-Scholar Award, Matt Berman has been an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years, with certification in gifted education and degrees in education and philosophy for children. A nationally recognized expert in children's literature, Matt has written four books on the subject, and his reviews, articles, and columns have appeared in many journals, including Kirkus, School Library Journal, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has also taught children's literature at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans, and his reviews have appeared on numerous websites, including Common Sense Media, Disney Family,, iVillage, and the Child Lit Wiki. Matt has also been a consultant with the Joseph Campbell Foundation, as well as a freelance writer and editor, website developer, teacher trainer and consultant, photographer, communications director, and founding director of the Nueva Center for the Humanities.