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!

Don’t forget your registration forms!

I know this is a busy season for everyone, but co-op classes are quickly filling—don’t forget to complete and turn in your Spring 2015 registration forms!  The deadline is December 30th, but I’d recommend sending it in now!

Don’t want to complete the form yet because you still have questions? No worries–just head over to our Facebook page (link in sidebar) and ask your question there. We’ve got a lot of VERY nice people that would love to help!

 

Spring 2015 Afternoon Sessions

Are you looking for a way to extend your co-op day? If so, then think about staying for some of our afternoon enrichment classes. These are multi-age classes and the students have so much fun working together in these book and/or project-based classes. Nursery care will be available.

*Like morning classes, parents are expected to stay and participate. (Edited: you do NOT need to be enrolled in morning classes to participate in afternoon classes.)

12:45 – 1:15 Get Started in MineCraft (ages 8-12)
No cost.
Led by student Josh Heredia
This class will be an intro to Minecraft for those new to the program and a place to share your Minecraft worlds with others for those who are already advanced. Each student will need to download and install Minecraft on a laptop. No portable devices. (ie ipods, ipads, tablets etc)

1:15- 1:45 – Makey Makey Class (ages 8 +)
no cost
Led by student Clayton Wimmersberger
This exciting adventure will take you on a journey through the jungle of computer coding and the rain forest of engineering. We will combine those to navigate our way through some great projects that include musical fruit, melodic High Fives, and simple game programming.
Makey Makey kits are available online, though it is not required to have your own for this class.

1:45 – 2:15 Geography presentations – any age
no cost
Led by Carla Wimmersberger
For this half hour we take a journey to different parts of the world, while also learning many great presentation skills. Students pick a country and give a presentation on it. After each presentation fellow classmates give compliments and critiques for the presenter. Expectations for this class are based on age and experience. There are 1 or 2 presenters each week on a rotating basis.

2:15 – 2:45 Book Club (Ages 9 +)
no cost
Led By Carla Wimmersberger
We have chosen books from the Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees to read this year, this was a great way to ensure that all of our books would be available at the library to avoid having to purchase the books. We read a section of each book and come together to discuss. Each week each student should bring in 2 questions/comments that they have about the book. Some of our books have had online study guides that have been helpful in leading discussions as well.
So far this year we have read Shadow on the Mountain, Cardboard, and Lions of Little Rock.

We are reading Splendors and Glooms over break and will be discussing it on our first day back. Jan. 7th.

Followed by:
Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
–And–
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
We usually start with few chapters and see how the kids are doing with it. Some books just take longer to read than others, so we try and make a timeline for each book based on how the book is going for the kids. At the first class of next session, Jan. 7th, we will discuss what books we would like to add to the list for the year.


Have Questions? Please join us on our Facebook page (link in sidebar) and we’ll do our best to answer any question you may have……well, about co-op at least. 🙂

Spring 2015 Registration is OPEN!

Spring 2015 registration is now open! 

Below is the registration form for the 2015 spring semester. The registration and payment deadline is December 30, 2014.  *Please note: we do have limits on number of students per class. Don’t delay sending in those forms!

R&W registration Spring 2015


Have questions? Please visit our Facebook page (link in sidebar) and someone can help answer your questions. Don’t be nervous—we’re really nice!

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!

If you have any questions please visit us at our Facebook page (link in the sidebar) and someone will happily get back to you!


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

 


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