Updated Class Descriptions: Fall 2014 ***(Updated 8/26/14)

**Class descriptions continue to be tweaked and updated. Please see below for the most recent updates for our fall class. There are some really fun classes being planned!! 

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Fall 2014 Class Descriptions are in the process of being developed. Here is a sneak peak of some of the exciting things being offered this fall. Class descriptions will continue to be updated as teachers finalize their plans.

Session 1: September 10 – October 8. Field trip planned for October 15

Session 2: October 29- December 3 (Off on November 26). Field trip planned for December 10th.

Classes meet on Wednesdays in central Broad Ripple. Morning sessions run from 10-12 and afternoon sessions run from 12:45-2:15. Please plan on arriving between 9:30-9:45 to allow for students and teachers to get settled in. Classes will begin promptly at 10:00. Please also plan to stay 10-15 minutes after classes to help clean up.

Please Note: Class prices are listed under each age group. There is also a facility fee that will be $23/family/semester ($46 for a family for the whole year). 

Class Descriptions

0-2 year olds:

Cost: AM Sessions: $4/semester

PM Sessions: $0

Session 1 (9/10-10/8) and Session 2 (10/29-12/3)
10:00-12:00: Nursery Time
Babies and toddlers will play in the nursery with assigned parents.

12:45-2:15: Nursery Time
Babies and toddlers will play in the nursery with assigned parents.


3-5 year olds:

Cost: AM sessions: $24/semester

PM sessions: $0

Session 1 (9/10-10/8) and Session 2 (10/29-12/3)

10:00-12:00: Animals and their Habitats
Students will focus on topic of animals and their habitats (forests, desert, arctic) using stories, art, music, games, and lots of hands-on learning.

12:45-2:15: Free Play
Come enjoy some free play time with friends!


 5-7 year olds:

Cost: AM sessions $23/semester

PM Sessions: $4/semester for those 7+ in book club. $0 for 5 year olds in free play.

Session 1: (9/10-10/8)

10:00-11:00: Crazy Kid Concoctions

Art meets science in this hands-on class. Students will have the chance to concoct fun art supplies like paint, dough, and paste. Once the supplies are made, students will use them for various projects. This class may also include some fun organized games/activities as time permits.

11:00-12:00: Lego Math Class: Length, Width, Volume, and Area 

In this class, students will use Lego blocks as concrete manipulatives in order to explore concepts of length, width, volume, area, weight, patterns, and symmetry. Each week will include an introduction to the concept, with activities to explore further. The children will make predictions, observations, measurements, and record their findings. We will also learn building techniques and conclude each class with free building time.

Each child should bring a blank, unruled 5.5 x 8” sketchbook and a box of colored pencils.

Cost of class includes child’s choice of Lego minifigure to take home at the end of class. 

12:45-2:15: Free Play/Book Club/Games

Come enjoy some free play time with friends or join us for book club or games!

Session 2: (10/29-12/3)

10:00-11:00 ** Currently being planned. Will be updated soon!

11:00-12:00 Lego Math: counting, grouping, adding, and subtracting

In this class, students will continue to use Lego blocks as concrete manipulatives in order to explore concepts of counting, grouping, adding, and subtracting. Each week will include an introduction to the concept, with activities to explore further. The children will use prediction, observation, measurement, and recording. We will also learn building techniques and conclude each class with free building time.

Each student should bring a 5.5 x 8” sketchbook and a box of colored pencils.

Cost of class includes child’s choice of Lego minifigure to take home at the end of class.

7-9 year olds:

Cost: AM:$22/semester

PM: $4/semester for book club

Session 1 (9/10-10/8)

10:00-11:00: Writer’s Workshop: How-To Writing

Students will learn procedural writing, or “how-to” writing, in this class. Through the use of engaging and illustrative read alouds; fun, hands-on activities; and guided writing exercises, students will learn how to write a procedural text that teaches others how to do something that the student is an expert on (for example, How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, How to Make a Paper Airplane, How to Climb a Tree, How to Build a Fort, etc.).

Along the way, we’ll learn about parts of speech, transition words, punctuation, and sequencing.

Each one-hour class will consist of a read aloud, a mini-lesson, guided writing, independent writing, conferring, and sharing.

Note: Children who still struggle with writing will be able to dictate their writing to an adult helper who will write it for them.

11:00-12:00 Crazy Kid Concoctions

Art meets science in this hands-on class. Students will have the chance to concoct fun art supplies like paint, dough, and paste. Once the supplies are made, students will use them for various projects.

Session 2: (10/29-12/3)

10:00-11:00 Think! Teambuilding

This class will bring out the builder in every participant while sharpening the ability to problem-solve and developing team work.Each week the students will receive building materials and
project specifications without any instruction of HOW to do it. They will have to flex their brain muscles in order to complete
the assigned constructions.

11:00-12:00 Writer’s Workshop Fiction Writing

Students will learn the art and craft of fiction writing in this class. Through the use of engaging and illustrative read alouds; fun, hands-on activities; and guided writing exercises, students will learn about different story genres, how to get ideas for stories, how to write believable dialogue, how to develop interesting characters, how to introduce and resolve conflict, and more.

Along the way, we’ll learn about conventions such as verb tense, descriptive language, and punctuation.

Each one-hour class will consist of a read aloud, a mini-lesson, guided writing, independent writing, conferring, and sharing.

Note: Children who still struggle with writing will be able to dictate their writing to an adult helper who will write it for them.

12:45-2:15: Book Club, led by parents of the 6+ class

Do you love to read? Have you ever wished you could discuss the books your read with your friends? Then, come join us for a book club. Each week will have discussions based on the selected book.


9-12 year olds:

Cost: AM: $25/semester

PM Session: $4/semester for book club

Session 1: (9/10-10/8)

10:00-11:00 Cool Structures

Learn about famous pyramids, bridges, catapults and towers! Then, try your hand at building these cool structures out of popsicle sticks, glue, rubber bands, spaghetti, and marshmallows. Based on the book, “Cool Structures” by Anders Hanson and Elissa Mann.

11:00-12:00 Writer’s Workshop: How-To Writing

Students will learn procedural writing, or “how-to” writing, in this class. Through the use of engaging and illustrative read alouds; fun, hands-on activities; and guided writing exercises, students will learn how to write a procedural text that teaches others how to do something that the student is an expert on (for example, How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, How to Make a Paper Airplane, How to Climb a Tree, How to Build a Fort, etc.).

Along the way, we’ll learn about parts of speech, transition words, punctuation, and sequencing.

Each one-hour class will consist of a read aloud, a mini-lesson, guided writing, independent writing, conferring, and sharing.

Session 2: (10/29-12/3)

10:00-11:00 Writer’s Workshop Fiction Writing

Students will learn the art and craft of fiction writing in this class. Through the use of engaging and illustrative read alouds; fun, hands-on activities; and guided writing exercises, students will learn about different story genres, how to get ideas for stories, how to write believable dialogue, how to develop interesting characters, how to introduce and resolve conflict, and more.

Along the way, we’ll learn about conventions such as verb tense, descriptive language, and punctuation.

Each one-hour class will consist of a read aloud, a mini-lesson, guided writing, independent writing, conferring, and sharing.

11:00-12:00 Residential Architecture

We will learn about the four basic house designs available to Architects. Learn about the three principle views used in architecture and discuss factors that influence room design. We will finish with models made from upcycled materials.

12:45-2:15:Book Club, led by parents of the 6+ class

Do you love to read? Have you ever wished you could discuss the books your read with your friends? Then, come join us for a book club. Each week will have discussions based on the selected book.


 12 and Up/Teens:

Cost: AM Sessions $10/semester

         PM Sessions: $4/semester for book club

Sessions 1-2:
10:00-11:00: 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.

11:00-12:00 The Ultimate Building Class

This class will be based on the book “Steven Caney’s Ultimate Building Book.” We will discuss the general ideas of problem solving to meet your needs, investigation, and research. We will touch on civil engineering and discuss how this field of study is becoming ever so important as we strive to solve the environmental and social problems of the day. 

It will be helpful if students could read each chapter at home prior to the week’s class. There are several copies at the Indianapolis Library if you don’t want to purchase the book. I am also willing to copy and email the chapter pages each week to those who will read them. 

12:45-2:15 Book Club, led by parents of the teen class
Do you love to read? Have you ever wished you could discuss the books your read with your friends? Then, come join us for a book club. Each week will have discussions based on the selected book. Students will be expected to take turns leading discussion.


Students in all classes will also have the option to participate in one of the following afternoon workshops in place of book club. 

12:45-1:15 Portfolio Creation (all ages, including adults)

Interested in documenting your experiences (homeschool or otherwise) in an interesting and fun way? This class will teach you to how to use photographs, essays, and stories to capture your homeschool journey or anything else you would like to document. We’ll learn how to use Microsoft word to create PDF documents that can easily be printed into a yearbook of sorts. We will use the site Bookemon to print books in the end. 

1:15-1:45 Geography Presentations (all ages)

Each week the participants of this class will have the opportunity to present a country of their choosing. Focusing on the areas of Culture, Education, Geographical features. Each child will have a world map to fill in the countries. Each presentation should be around 10 min. Students will have the opportunity to hone their presentation skills; the sky is the limit, there are no restrictions in the way you choose to present. You can go the traditional route and use PowerPoint, Prezi, or homemade posters; or you can dress up like a person from the country or a tour guide; or even act out a short skit. 


**** If you have questions, please direct those to our facebook page (Roots and Wings Indy).