Spring 2015 Class Descriptions

Oh my goodness–we’ve got some amazing classes lined up for Spring! Just wait until you read about some of the creative classes that have been planned for our students. Keep your eyes open for the spring registration form (it will be posted soon). You’ll want to get it turned in early to make sure you get a spot in these awesome classes!

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0-2 year olds:
Cost: AM Sessions: $9/semester

Session 3 (Jan 7 – Feb 4), Session 4 (Feb 25 – Mar 25), and Session 5 (Apr 15 – May 13)

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: $18/semester
The morning routine for all sessions is warm up/story/snack/craft/yoga/stations.

Session 3 (Jan 7 – Feb 4) 
10:00-11:00: Fun with Fairytales and Folktales

Preschoolers will be introduced to story settings, characters, and plot within the fairytales, and learn that there are beginnings and endings. We will discuss real versus fantasy and many character traits will be talked about. We will integrate songs, stories, arts and crafts, math, science, and plenty of literacy throughout our morning together.

11:00-11:30: Yoga

This is a 25-minute movement based class that uses musical activities, yoga poses, storytelling, and games to help children develop body awareness, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each class has a theme, such as nature themes, animals, ocean creatures, toys, etc. Classes are structured with a gathering time and theme discussion, breath work, warm up, poses and activities, and finally relaxation or shavasana.

11:30-12:00: Stations

Preschoolers 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 4 (Feb 25 – Mar 25) 
10:00-11:00: Community Helpers

Preschoolers will learn about community, community helpers, and places. Community helpers include many groups of people who help in our neighborhoods, and we will learn about many of these professions. Children will learn that a community can be small with only a few buildings and homes or large with many buildings and homes, and that the people in the community help each other by offering goods and services. We will integrate much more than social studies in our thematic stations throughout this session!

11:00-11:30: Yoga

This is a 25-minute movement based class that uses musical activities, yoga poses, storytelling, and games to help children develop body awareness, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each class has a theme, such as nature themes, animals, ocean creatures, toys, etc. Classes are structured with a gathering time and theme discussion, breath work, warm up, poses and activities, and finally relaxation or shavasana.

11:30-12:00: Stations

Preschoolers 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 5 (Apr 15 – May 13)
10:00-11:00: Nature Study

Preschoolers will be encouraged to explore plants, animals and the weather around us. From bird watching to thunderstorms, lifecycles of a butterfly to parts of a flower, students will enjoy being a part of this nature study unit.

11:00-11:30: Yoga

This is a 25-minute movement based class that uses musical activities, yoga poses, storytelling, and games to help children develop body awareness, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each class has a theme, such as nature themes, animals, ocean creatures, toys, etc. Classes are structured with a gathering time and theme discussion, breath work, warm up, poses and activities, and finally relaxation or shavasana.

11:30-12:00: Stations

Preschoolers 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.

12:45-2:15: Free Play

Come enjoy some free play time with friends!


5-7 year olds:
Cost: AM sessions $14.50/semester

Session 3 (Jan 7 – Feb 4) 
10:00-11:30: Animal Lapbooks

We will focus on a new animal each week and create a lapbook of the things we learn. Is the animal a mammal or a reptile? Nocturnal? Endangered? We will learn about habitats (science), their natural environments (geography), and integrate plenty of writing and math as well. Lapbooks are wonderful reference and review tools and fun for kids to reminisce about the completed projects. They will love showing off their “books” and discussing the things they learned.

11:30-12:00: Yoga

This is a 25-minute movement based class that uses musical activities, yoga poses, storytelling, and games to help children develop body awareness, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each class has a theme, such as nature themes, animals, ocean creatures, toys, etc. Classes are structured with a gathering time and theme discussion, breath work, warm up, poses and activities, and finally relaxation or shavasana.

Session 4 (Feb 25 – Mar 25) 
10:00-11:00: Art History and Appreciation

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!    ***This class was updated 1/1/15. 

11:00-11:30: Team Building

The class will learn to work as a team to complete projects using a variety of manipulatives. They will learn to consider each other’s thoughts and ideas, lead when they feel comfortable and take turns to ensure everyone has a chance to participate.

11:30-12:00: Yoga

This is a 25-minute movement based class that uses musical activities, yoga poses, storytelling, and games to help children develop body awareness, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each class has a theme, such as nature themes, animals, ocean creatures, toys, etc. Classes are structured with a gathering time and theme discussion, breath work, warm up, poses and activities, and finally relaxation or shavasana.

Session 5 (Apr 15 – May 13) 
10:00-10:45: Write/Draw

We will explore illustration in this class. Each week a topic will be chosen and a drawing lesson will be given. We will use pencil and paper. Students will then be invited to write or dictate a short story to accompany the drawing. Any remaining time will be given to coloring and adding finishing touches to the art. Each student will use a sketchbook and I will keep them until the last class in the session.

10:45-11:30: Botany

Students will get hands-on experience planting seeds/starters and testing soil composition and PH. They will study plant vocabulary and color a print out of plant part functions. There will be hands-on seed exploration by examining different sizes and shapes of seeds. Weekly, we will water and prune our garden and record measurements of plant growth. We will discuss plant varieties including edibles, carnivorous, prehistoric, fungi and algae. Students will learn about seed germination and taste various edible sprouts.

11:30-12:00: Yoga

This is a 25-minute movement based class that uses musical activities, yoga poses, storytelling, and games to help children develop body awareness, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each class has a theme, such as nature themes, animals, ocean creatures, toys, etc. Classes are structured with a gathering time and theme discussion, breath work, warm up, poses and activities, and finally relaxation or shavasana.


7-9 year olds:
Cost: AM:$17/semester

Session 3 (Jan 7 – Feb 4) 
10:00-11:00 Debate Class

The children will begin learning how to debate issues of high interest, while learning to form their own opinions and also learning to respect the opinions of others. This will be accomplished through role play, a four-corners strategy, and by using fairy tales. Note: As much as possible, I plan to stay away from topics regarding politics or religion.

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.
Week 1: Mud-play dough habitats
Week 2: DIY Shrinky Dinks
Week 3: Make Your Own Bouncy Balls
Week 4: Make Salt-dough magnets
Week 5: Paint salt-dough magnets.

Session 4 (Feb 25 – Mar 25) 10:00-11:00 Scratch Programming

Bring your laptops and dive into programming! We will take our storytelling skills honed from last semester and apply them to creating digital stories using Scratch.

11:00-12:00 The Ultimate Building Class

We will learn what structures are and how they are built to keep their shape; we’ll identify the elements of architecture (form, function, materials, and style); we’ll get house-building lessons for windy locations from the Three Little Pigs; we’ll learn about clever animal architects and builders; and each week we will build something fun like a marble roller coaster, a water lens magnifier, a geodesic dome bug house, and more!

Session 5 (Apr 15 – May 13) 10:00-11:00 Famous Inventors and their Inventions

Join us to learn about some famous inventors and have the opportunity to do some inventing of your own. Each week we will learn about a new famous inventor and work together to create our own inventions. 

11:00-12:00 Write/Draw

We will explore illustration in this class. Each week a topic will be chosen and a drawing lesson will be given. We will use pencil and paper. Students will then be invited to write or dictate a short story to accompany the drawing. Any remaining time will be given to coloring and adding finishing touches to the art. Each student will use a sketchbook and I will keep them until the last class in the session.


9-12 year olds:
Cost: AM: $25/semester

Session 3 (Jan 7 – Feb 4) 
10:00-12:00 Explorations in Art

Join us as we learn about famous artists and their work. We will use what we learn as inspiration to create our own masterpieces of art through a hands-on exploration of a wide variety of creative materials.
*Creating art can be a messy process so please dress in clothing that may get dirty or permanently stained.

Session 4 (Feb 25 – Mar 25) 10:00-11:00 The Ultimate Building Class

We will learn what structures are and how they are built to keep their shape; we’ll identify the elements of architecture (form, function, materials, and style); we’ll get house-building lessons for windy locations from the Three Little Pigs; we’ll learn about clever animal architects and builders; and each week we will build something fun like a marble roller coaster, a water lens magnifier, a geodesic dome bug house, and more!

11:00-12:00 Motions & Forces

Do you know how and why things move? We will explore motion and forces through reading and experiments and try to explain all motion using three laws: 1) An object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion until it is acted upon by a force. 2) A change in an object’s motion depends on the amount and direction of force placed upon the object. 3) For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
1: Motion
2: Mass and Force
3: Potential and Kinetic Energy
4: Simple Machines and Work
5: Motion in a Circle

Session 5 (Apr 15 – May 13) 10:00-12:00 Intro to Programming with Scratch

Bring your own laptop and use online tutorials to learn Beginning Scratch Programming. Students will program their own interactive animations, games, and stories and share them with each other online. For more information, visit http://scratch.mit.edu/parents/


12 and Up/Teens:

Cost: AM Sessions $20/semester

Session 3 (Jan 7 – Feb 4) 
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: Two Sides to Every Story

Book written by Greta Barclay Lipson
This is a critical thinking class that will look at a story from this book each week and discuss. As told best by the author of this book:
“Educators are conduits of the human experience with all that implies – and significant stories are the magical materials with which the forge an awareness of the real world outside of the classroom. The stories are the stuff of life, exceeding the limits of what any one of us could possibly encounter personally (or would want to).
“When literature does its job, it shows all of us how people and events work in society. One hopes that a sharpened perspective and new insights will help us understand much more about ourselves and enable us to do much better in taking care of our own lives.”

Session 4 (Feb 25 – Mar 25) 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: Write Your Own App

Each individual will create his own Android app from idea, to plan, to implementation. See your creativity come to life!

Session 5 (Apr 15 – May 13) 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: History – A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

This class will be based on Bill Bryson’s book A Really Short History of Nearly Everything. There is a long and short version of this book, and we will be comparing and contrasting the differences between the two. This book is written in story timeline form. Each week we will be doing an activity to add to our timeline of what we have learned for that week.