Classes start Wednesday!

The fall semester starts this coming Wednesday, September 2, at 10:00am! Please plan to arrive between 9:30 and 9:45 am and gather in the basement. Like last year, we will dismiss classes by age group. They will go with their lead teacher to their classroom. Parents can take little ones to the nursery. Looking forward to an awesome new semester!

Just a few very friendly reminders for the semester:

  • Morning classes begin promptly at 10am so please plan to arrive approx 15 minutes early to unload and get settled before classes begin.
  • Parents are expected to stay and participate during classes. Your class coordinators should be getting with you soon to let you know where you are assigned to help out.
  • There are tables available on the lower level of the church if you would like to stay and have lunch. Please remember to help clean up any spills or messes that might happen.
  • If you haven’t already, please let Carla know if you are planning on staying for afternoon class. Parents are also expected to stay and participate in afternoon classes.

We are looking forward to seeing all our returning families and meeting the new families who will be joining us. The classes for fall look fantastic. We are looking forward to an awesome semester! :)

Registration is now OPEN to new families!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for—Registration for new families is now open!!! (cue the cheers!)

In order to register, please follow the following steps:

1. Complete the online registration form. It is located under the registration tab. The form will ask for a password. The password is: Summer15! You MUST include the exclamation point or it will not accept your password.

2. Registration will be open until August 19th. You will be notified no later than August 24th as to wether you have been accepted. We would love love love to accept every interested family into our co-op, but unfortunately we must put a cap on class sizes due to space constraints of our facility.

3. Please wait to pay until you have received confirmation from one of our members that you have been accepted. Once you receive that confirmation you can pay by check or paypal.
We are so excited for the new school year and we can’t wait to meet all of our new families!!! :)

Registration Update

Current Members: Please check your email for information about pre-registration for Fall co-op classes! If you are interested in Fall co-op classes make sure to complete your registration soon. Any spots open on Wednesday afternoon will be opened up to new members.

New Members: Open registration for Fall co-op classes will begin Wednesday afternoon. We will be meeting Wednesday morning to see how many spots we have open in each class.

 

Fall 2015 Class Descriptions

It’s what everyone has been waiting to see…. the Fall 2015 class descriptions are finally ready! We have some great classes planned for fall. It’s going to be a great year! :)

*Please note: This is still a working document so some changes may be made.


Age 3 and under (Total cost for both sessions: $10)

Sression 1:

10:00-12:00 Nursery Time
Playtime in the nursery with assigned parents.

*Special Note for 2 and 3 year olds:
The 2 and 3 year olds will participate in story/craft/sensory activities from 10-11 in the room connected to the nursery. They will join the nursery for playtime and snack from 11-12. This will be a great opportunity for them to participate in some “big kid” activities while still allowing them the free playtime they enjoy!

Session 2:

10:00-12:00 Nursery Time
Playtime in the nursery with assigned parents

*Special Note for 2 and 3 year olds:
The 2 and 3 year olds will participate in story/craft/sensory activities from 10-11 in the room connected to the nursery. They will join the nursery for playtime and snack from 11-12. This will be a great opportunity for them to participate in some “big kid” activities while still allowing them the free playtime they enjoy!


4 and 5 year olds (Total cost for both sessions: $15)
*The morning routine for this age group is warm up/story/craft/snack/yoga/stations.

Session 1:

10:00-11:00 Oh say can you see? Little hands Celebrate America!
This session will introduce the idea of symbolism through examples the represent America. American symbols represent important ideas like freedom, fairness, equality and self-rule. We will read stories and do activities that use these symbols of the American heritage to study history and learn about the country we live in.

11:00-11:30 Yoga

11:30-12:00 Stations
Students get the opportunity to explore the themes of the day during the stations. We integrate many subjects into these learning centers, and the kids get the opportunity to explore and discover while visiting and cooperating with their peers.

Session 2:

10:00-11:00 Literature-Based Learning
We will read the classic children books Caps for Sale, Madeline, Katy No-Pocket, Blueberries for Sal, and Corduroy. Learning activities will be based on these stories and will introduce concepts in math, science, art, vocabulary, geography, and architecture.

11:00-11:30 Yoga

11:30-12:00 Stations
Students get the opportunity to explore the themes of the day during the stations. We integrate many subjects into these learning centers, and the kids get the opportunity to explore and discover while visiting and cooperating with their peers.


6 and 7 year olds (Total cost for both sessions: $18)

Session 1

10:00- 10:45 Earth Science
In this introductory Earth Science class students will explore the fundamentals of geology (rocks and minerals, earthsinterior, plate tectonics, earth quakes, volcanoes, and the fossil record) through experiments, crafts, lap books, and stories.

10:45-11:30 Literature – Five in a Row
Each week students will explore a book selection from the Five in a Row curriculum. Following a brief discussion, the children will complete activities that relate to the book. We will explore science, art, geography, nature, music and community during the 5 week session.

11:30-12:00 – Yoga

Session 2

10:00-10:45 Fun with the 50 states
Saddle up your ride and take a trip through the 50 states. This session will introduce each of the 50 states through a fun and easy to recite poem. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to remember all the fifty states when it is put to rhyme. In addition, we will map our way through the country learning fun geographical, historical and informative facts along the way.

10:45-11:30 Fun with Chemistry
Learn about the essential elements for chemistry using real terms and concepts, including atoms and molecules, acids and bases, and more. Fun experiments and related activities will help introduce young students to the wonderful world of science.

11:30-12:00 Yoga


8 and 9 year olds (Total cost for both sessions: $25)

Session1
10:00-11:00 Geology
In this introductory Earth Science class students will explore the fundamentals of geology (rocks and minerals, earths interior, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and the fossil record) through experiments, crafts, lap books, and stories.

11:00-12:00 Observational Drawing
This class will focus on training student’s brains to draw what they see instead of relying on what they know. In a world that requires a heavy use of left brain thought with our need for language, math, and symbols, our right brains don’t often get the opportunity to shine. Students’ right hemispheres will have many opportunities to practice true observation that will encourage a change in habits that usually have children relying on symbols and images from memory. A steady practice of observational drawing can be a great confidence builder!

Session 2
10:00-11:00 Let’s Learn about Nutrition
In this class, students will learn various ways the foods we eat can affect our bodies. We will discuss the importance of eating balanced meals, how to read nutrition labels, and why we should try to reduce our sugar intake. We will also have a couple of hands-on cooking activities during the session.

11:00-12:00 Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Man
Students will be introduced to one of the most fascinating people in world history. Although Leonardo da Vinci had very minimal schooling as a child, he learned more than any school could’ve provided through careful observation of the world around him. As a child, adult, and until the day he died, this great observer extensively explored the fields of engineering, painting, architecture, and anatomy, producing over 13,000 pages of sketches. In this class, students will build on their observational drawing skills from session one and discover ways to test their inquisitive nature much like da Vinci. They will learn what it means to be a Renaissance Man or Woman, and get to know the biography of an individual whose love of learning knew no limits!


10 – 12 year olds (Total cost for both sessions: $25)

Session 1

10:00- 11:00 Millionaire 101
Learn the fundamental investing techniques needed to own and manage a portfolio of businesses. We will explore real companies you can invest in and learn how to determine if the investment will be profitable. Students will have the opportunity to test and apply these skills in a real-world investment portfolio.

11:00 – 12:00 Yearbook Class
This will be a year-long project in which students will work individually and as a team to create a fun, innovative, and visually pleasing yearbook for the entire co-op. Students will learn the purpose and the concept of a unifying theme, graphic design, interviewing and reporting, writing and editing, and photography. Students will learn layout in manual mockups and digital yearbook design software.Students are invited to bring personal laptops and digital cameras. Homework may be assigned.

Session 2

10:00 – 11:00 Geology Rocks!
Students will explore the fundamentals of geology (rocks and minerals, earthquakes, volcanoes, and erosion) through notebooking, experiments, and living books.

11:00 – 12:00 Insane in the Membrane: Cells Alive!

Join us for an introduction to the smallest unit of life: the cell! We will discover the difference between living and non-living things, learn the basic parts of a cell (and their functions) and gain a microscopic appreciation of life through hands-on activities and the arts. Students will be invited to make a 3-D model of a cell to show what they have learned!


Teens (Total cost for both session: $36)

Session 1:

10:00-11:00 Intro to Cooking
Do you wish your teen would cook more often so you can sit back and relax? Then this is the class for you! Your teen will explore the basics of cooking prep along with learning about various kitchen tools. (We aren’t allowed to use the stove or oven, so it’ll be something that doesn’t need to be cooked or will be taken home to cook) Each week, your teen will bring home something edible for your family to enjoy (appetizer, dinner, dessert, etc.). The teacher will send an email each week with a list of ingredients and kitchen tools that need to be brought to class.

11:00-12:00 Modern History and Current Events
This class will combine current events and recent history with critical thinking. We will discuss what’s happening in the world, what historical facts might relate to current events, and consider where we as citizens fit into both. It will be an interactive class with discussion and a variety of resources. While we will share our own opinions, the materials will be based in facts and multiple sides of any issue discussed will be presented.

Session 2:

10:00-11:00 Resume and Interview Skills
In preparation of your teen getting a job, this class will teach the dos and don’ts of building a resume and how to properly interview. Your teen will learn about the various parts of a resume and how to craft a well-written resume that will peak the interests of a hiring manager. Your teen will learn how to come across professional and polished during an interview, and how to stand out among their peers. A recruiter that’s been in the industry for 10 years with real-life examples will come in and help twice during our session. This class will culminate in a mock-interview session on Nov. 18th where your teen will get a chance to show off all they’ve learned.

11:00-12:00 Modern History and Current Events
This class will combine current events and recent history with critical thinking. We will discuss what’s happening in the world, what historical facts might relate to current events, and consider where we as citizens fit into both. It will be an interactive class with discussion and a variety of resources. While we will share our own opinions, the materials will be based in facts and multiple sides of any issue discussed will be presented.

Annual “Back to School” Ice Cream Social 2015

It’s ice cream social time–hooray! Prospective members, this is your chance to come armed with all your questions about our co-op (we are really nice and promise to try and answer them all!). Current members, this is your chance to catch up with friends and have some social time before classes begin. It’s going to be fun!

  • Who: Current and Prospective co-op members
  • When: Wednesday, August 26 at 1:00pm
  • Where: Broadripple Park

New members will will also have the opportunity to tour our facilities (located in Broad Ripple) at some point in the afternoon.


Are you new and have questions before deciding if you want to join us? Head over to our Facebook page (link in sidebar) and ask your questions there. One of our super friendly members will happily try to help! 😀

Fall 2015 Calendar

Wanting to get a jumpstart on your fall calendar? Below are the dates for our Fall 2015 sessions.

Session 1:

  • Classes Meet: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Field Trip Week: October 5-9 (field trip only, no co-op classes this week)
  • Break Week: October 12-16

Session 2: 

  • Classes Meet: Octover 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18
  • Field Trip Week: November 23-27 (field trip only, no co-op classes this week)
  • Break Week: November 30- December 4

Bonus Winter Session

  • Due to the way the calendar falls, we will be having the opportunity to have a winter bonus session this year! This will be a two week session of fun activities. Possible activities may include: talent show/student play, service projects, holiday crafts, etc.

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer!

This seems to be the time when many people start thinking ahead to the new school year. If you were a member of our co-op last school year, we miss you already! If you are new and considering joining us, welcome and we’re glad you are considering us! Please keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page (link in the sidebar) for messages regarding our upcoming planning meetings. We will also include the calendar (we don’t start classes until after Labor Day) and class descriptions for fall once all those details get ironed out.

Whether you are taking time off for summer or schooling year-round, I hope everyone is finding a few windows to sneak in some pool time and popsicles! :)

STEAM Fair Info and Date Change

****ATTENTION **** Date Changed to Feb. 25th, 2015
We are excited to announce that this year we are revamping the annual Roots and Wings Science Fair to reflect the new ideas around the educational focus of STEAM (Science-Technology- Engineering-Art-Mathematics). The idea is that this will offer a broader range of creativity for students to display their critical thinking and problem solving skills that relate to, but are not limited to, the scientific method.
If you would like some more information about the STEAM idea, this website is helpful. http://stemtosteam.org/
Our STEAM Fair will take place at the Broad Ripple United Methodist Church on February 25th, 2015, at 1:00 pm.
Here are some guidelines to participation in the STEAM fair:
1. You do not have to be a member of Roots and Wings Co-op to participate in the steam fair. Any student is invited to participate.
2. You may work on a project in pairs or groups if you choose.
3. Each STEAM subject area has a guideline of criteria for that subject area, as well as an overall guideline for each project.
4. Each project and participant will be given feedback from adult and peer judges, as well as a participation certificate. However, competitive placements will not be awarded.
5. The guidelines that are provided for the Science and Engineering portion of the STEAM fair are loosely based on the guidelines for the Central Indiana Science and Engineering Fair. However, if you are interested in presenting your project to the Central Indiana Science and Engineering Fair, you should visit their website http://www.marian.edu/…/regional-science-and-engineering-fa… and follow their guidelines. You can also contact Lynn Thomas, M.S. Director, Central Indiana Science and Engineering Fair, lthomas@marian.edu for more information on how homeschoolers can participate in Indiana’s Science and Engineering Fair. The other subject guidelines for the R&W STEAM fair have been developed specifically for this event.

If you would like to participate in this event, please contact the event coordinator Carla Wimmersberger at Carla@saratogalearners.com. Once you have signed up, I will send you the guidelines for the subject areas.

Classes start Wednesday!

Happy New Year! Hopefully everyone was able to rest, relax, and enjoy their holiday break. This is just a reminder that co-op classes are scheduled to resume on Wednesday, January 7th. 

Just a few very friendly reminders:

  • Morning classes begin promptly at 10am so please plan to arrive approx 15 minutes early to unload and get settled before classes begin.
  • Parents are expected to stay and participate during classes. Your class coordinators should be getting with you soon to let you know where you are assigned to help out.
  • There are tables available on the lower level of the church if you would like to stay and have lunch. Please remember to help clean up any spills or messes that might happen.
  • If you haven’t already, please let Carla know if you are planning on staying for afternoon class. Parents are also expected to stay and participate for afternoon classes.

We are looking forward to seeing all our returning families and meeting the new families who will be joining us. The classes for spring look fantastic. We are looking forward to an awesome semester! :)


As always, if you have questions please direct them to our Facebook page (link in sidebar). Someone will happily get back with you!

Changes to 5-7’s class for spring

There is one class change to the 5-7 class for session 4 (Feb 25-March25). The originally scheduled class was “Food and Farms” this is being changed to an Art History and Appreciation class. It sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun! See below for full class description.

If you have any questions, please direct them to our Facebook page.


Art History and Appreciation for 5-7’s: Session 4

Through this session, students will learn about a new artist each week, view works of art by great artists and discover the materials and techniques used to make pictures. We will also experiment with our own mediums such as water colors, oil and chalk pastels, tempura paint, clay and perhaps dot art so the kids can express themselves creatively. These opportunities to experiment with the different styles of various artists will hopefully increase their art vocabulary and appreciation, improve fine motor skills, and develop a sense of innovation and creativity. Keep in mind that the process of making pictures is most important, not the finished product!