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.

Dates for Spring Sessions are set!

Ready to start adding dates into your new 2015 calendar? The spring semester dates are set! All co-op classes meet on Wednesdays at 10am and take place in the heart of Broad Ripple Village.

Session 3

  • Classes: January 7-February 4
    • Field Trip: February 11
    • Session Break (NO Classes): February 18

Session 4

  • Classes: February 25-March 25
    • Field Trip: April 1
    • Session Break (NO Classes): April 8

Session 5

  • Classes: April 15-May 13
    • Field Trip: May 20

 


Have questions? We’d love to help! Please check out our Facebook page (link in the sidebar) and someone will happily answer your questions. We’re very nice. 🙂

Website Changes

I’ve been playing around with the layout of the website. The links that used to be on the left side of the page are now located on the right. 🙂

Start thinking ahead for our STEM fair

It’s time to put on those thinking caps and start planning your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fair projects!

Who: Any student grades K and up who is interested in creating their own project.

When: February 4th (which is the last day of session 3). The science fair will take place after morning classes are finished.

This is a co-op STEM fair so there will be no judges. The students participating should be prepared to present a project, poster, and give a short 3-5 min presentation explaining their project. Other students will then provide constructive feedback or ask questions.

This is a GREAT way to prepare for the Homeschool Science Fair at Cool Creek Park on 2/12/15 or the Indiana Regional Science Fair at Marion College on 3/7/15 (grades 6-12) and 3/14/15 (grades 1-5). *Please note: You will have to complete separate applications to these science fairs, which can be found on each organizations website.

We will post the sign up form on our website for the Roots & Wings STEM fair soon, so keep an eye out for it! 🙂 

Updated Class Descriptions: Session 2 Fall 2014 ***(Updated 10/18/14)

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. *Class fees have been adjusted to reflect only session 2 prices.* There is also a facility fee that will be $23/family/semester ($46 for a family for the whole year). 

For new families: Please have registration forms returned with payment by Friday, October 25th. *If you registered for classes at the beginning of the semester, you do not need to register again.*

Class Descriptions

0-2 year olds:

Cost: AM Sessions: $2

PM Sessions: $0

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: $12

PM sessions: $0

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 $10

PM Sessions: $0

10:00-11:00: 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.

11:00-12:00: Yoga & Science

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, breathwork, warm up, poses and activities, and finally relaxation or shavasana.

12:45-2:15: Games

Kids will have fun playing games and hanging out with friends. We will play to learn strategy, logic, trivia, and more.  Students are welcome to suggest and share games of their own from home.


 

7-9 year olds:

Cost: AM:$11

PM: $2 book club/$0 games

Session 1 (9/10-10/8)

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

Students will learn the art and craft of creative writing in this class, including personal narratives, tall tales, and fiction. 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.

10:00-11:00: Art Class

Bring your creativity as we make masterpieces that reflect our learning about the art elements line and shape. In each class we will be working together as a large group, small group, and independently.  All of the experiences are designed to encourage students to explore materials, techniques, and creativity. The goal is to increase student awareness and appreciation of the different kinds of art around them.

12:45-2:15: Book Club

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.

12:45-2:15: Games

Kids will have fun playing games and hanging out with friends. We will play to learn strategy, logic, trivia, and more.  Students are welcome to suggest and share games of their own from home.


9-12 year olds:

Cost: AM: $15

PM Session: $2

10:00-11:00: 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.

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

Students will learn the art and craft of creative writing in this class, including personal narratives, tall tales, and fiction. 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.

1:45-2:15: Book Club

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 $5

PM Sessions: $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.

1:45-2:15: Book Club
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).

12 and up/ Teens class descriptions updated!

Looking for a fun class for your 12 and up/Teen student? The class descriptions have just been updated for this age group. There are some really exciting things being offered. We’d love for you to join us! 

 


 

Have questions? We’d love to help answer any questions you might have. You can direct your questions to our facebook page (link is in the sidebar on the left) and someone will be happy to help answer your questions. 

 

 

Downtown Walking Tours – October 15th

Please join us for our end of session 1 field trip! We will be exploring downtown Indianapolis with Indiana Landmarks.  There are two options to choose from: Capital City Walking Tour (grades 1 – 3) and a Historic Downtown Indianapolis Walking Tour (grades 4+).  Both tours will take place on Wednesday, October 15th from 11:00 – 12:15. The cost is $3.00 per person (including adults). Please RSVP with your payment by October 8 at the latest. We will need at least 10 people in each group.

*Roots and Wings’ field trips are open to all homeschooling families in the greater Indianapolis area.*

What were those dates again???

 Wanting to update your calendar, but need the co-op session dates again?

Session 1: September 10th – October 8th

Session 1 Field Trip: October 15

Session 2: October 29th – December 3rd (No classes November 26)

Session 2 Field Trip: December 10th

As a reminder, morning classes take place from 10:00-12:00. Please plan on arriving between 9:30-9:45 for unpacking and socializing. Classes will begin promptly at 10:00. Also, please plan to stay an additional 10-15 minutes to assist teachers with clean up.  

Afternoon classes are from 12:45-2:15. 

All classes will take place in central Broad Ripple. Field trips may occur at various locations around central Indiana. 

Have Questions?    We have answers, we hope!

Please direct all questions to our facebook page. You can get there via the link in the sidebar on the left.  

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).