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. ūüôā

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! ūüôā¬†

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‚ÄĚ 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 Р3) and a Historic Downtown Indianapolis Walking Tour (grades 4+).  Both tours will take place on Wednesday, October 15th from 11:00 Р12:15. 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 РDecember 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‚ÄĚ 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‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúhow-to‚ÄĚ 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, ‚ÄúCool Structures‚ÄĚ by Anders Hanson and Elissa Mann.

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

Students will learn procedural writing, or ‚Äúhow-to‚ÄĚ 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).

Roots & Wings Field Trips

Roots and Wings is rolling out a new format for planned field trips this year. Each session (there are two sessions in the fall semester, and three sessions in the spring semester) will consist of 5 weeks of class, followed by a field trip week, followed by a week break.

Not enrolled in co-op classes? That’s okay, you can still join us for field trips! We hope this schedule allows people who are not enrolled in classes to have plenty of notice about field trips. Who knows—you might love us and decide you want to spend every week at co-op with us! ūüėȬ†

 

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Have Questions? Please direct your questions to our facebook page (click the link in the sidebar on the left!) and we’ll answer them the best we can.¬†

 

Want to join us? We’d LOVE to have you!

Are you interested in joining our homeschool co-op?

Are you stumped about how to join?

Are you simply curious and want to talk to current members first? 

We’d love for you to join us at our upcoming ice cream social!¬†Please feel free to join us at Broad Ripple Park on Wednesday, September 3rd at 11:30am. We’d be happy to answer as many questions as you might have! We are a very welcoming group and would love to meet you—don’t be shy!¬†

Can’t join us at the ice cream social, but still want to ask those questions?? Please visit us at our facebook page (Just click the link in the sidebar on the left!).¬†