Welcome to SPACE, our adult continuing education program which offers interactive monthly courses for personal enrichment! Learn more here.

Elise Trudel Cedeño

Signum Clubs PreceptorSPACE Preceptor

By day, Elise is a Literacy Enrichment Teacher. By night, she indulges in her Tookishness by studying the books she loves with Signum. She blogs at Teaching with Magic. [see full bio...]

All Modules

Book Club: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (Books I - VI)

Discussion-based Format
Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club series, where participants come to our Club meetings with their own reflections and discussion questions about the text. YOU get to guide the magic! Each month, our readings will focus on one of the six Books in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Bring a cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and enjoy!

Book Club: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring (Part One)

Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club series, where participants come to our Club meetings with their own reflections and discussion questions about the text. YOU get to guide the magic! In this module, our readings will specifically focus on Book I of The Lord of the Rings. Bring a cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and enjoy!

Book Club: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring (Part Two)

Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club series, where participants come to our Club meetings with their own reflections and discussion questions about the text. YOU get to guide the magic! In this module, our readings will specifically focus on Book II of The Lord of the Rings. Bring a cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and enjoy!

Book Club: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return of the King (Part One)

Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club series, where participants come to our Club meetings with their own reflections and discussion questions about the text. YOU get to guide the magic! In this module, our readings will specifically focus on Book V of The Lord of the Rings. Bring a cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and enjoy!

Book Club: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return of the King (Part Two)

Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club series, where participants come to our Club meetings with their own reflections and discussion questions about the text. YOU get to guide the magic! In this module, our readings will specifically focus on Book VI of The Lord of the Rings. Bring a cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and enjoy!

Book Club: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Two Towers (Part One)

Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club series, where participants come to our Club meetings with their own reflections and discussion questions about the text. YOU get to guide the magic! In this module, our readings will specifically focus on Book III of The Lord of the Rings. Bring a cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and enjoy!

Book Club: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Two Towers (Part Two)

Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club series, where participants come to our Club meetings with their own reflections and discussion questions about the text. YOU get to guide the magic! In this module, our readings will specifically focus on Book IV of The Lord of the Rings. Bring a cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and enjoy!

C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Discussion-based Format
Join Ms. Elise for a cozy and relaxed Book Club as we read and discuss the magic of C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Exploring Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham

Mixed Lecture/Discussion Format
In this relaxed, discussion-oriented module, we will explore these two lesser-known short stories by Tolkien. While Smith of Wootton Major takes us to Fäerie in a story full of beautiful imagery and sorrow, Farmer Giles of Ham transports us to a comical medieval world full of unforgettable adventures and characters such as giants, Garm the talking dog, and the arrogant dragon Chrysophylax.

Fairy Tales: Beauty and the Beast

Mixed Lecture/Discussion Format
In this module we will explore Beauty and the Beast in different versions and media. We’ll compare other similar stories and discuss its main themes, motifs, and imagery. We will read and view versions from Andrew Lang, the Grimm's Brothers, Disney, and more!

Fantasy Book Club: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Discussion-based Format
Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club as we read and discuss the magic of C.S. Lewis's Prince Caspian . In this Book Club style module, each participant comes to our Club meetings with their own reflections and discussion questions about the text. YOU guide the magic!

Fantasy Book Club: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Discussion-based Format
Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club as we read and discuss the magic of C.S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader . In this Book Club style module, each participant comes to our Club meetings with their own reflections and discussion questions about the text. YOU guide the magic!

J.R.R. Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas

Discussion-based Format
Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club setting and discuss the joy of Tolkien’s beloved Christmas tale.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Discussion-based Format
Join Ms. Elise for a cozy and relaxed Book Club as we read and discuss J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, The Hobbit.

The Science of Reading: Teaching Your Kids How to Read

Mixed Lecture/Discussion Format
Is your child struggling to learn how to read? Do they have trouble sounding out words, or understanding the meaning of new words? Do you struggle to explain why "one" begins with an o, and not a w? Then come learn more about the Science of Reading!

This introductory module will show you all about the Science of Reading, and why everyone should understand these fundamental linguistic principles throughout their reading journeys (not just kids!). We will discuss the history of the American Reading Wars and how they have impacted reading instruction, what happens in your brain as you learn to read, and how to use systematic, "building-block" approaches in your own home when reading with your little ones. If you're interested in the "why" and "how" of reading, then this module is for you!

Past Modules

Bridge to The Silmarillion

The Second Age of Middle-earth

Tolkien’s Invented Languages in The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien's Writing Systems

If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].