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Session 1 2017 Class Table

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Session 1 runs from Sept. 8 - Oct. 13 2017

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Preschool and Ages 5-6

Preschool!

Where making messes and learning through play is encouraged. Children will have opportunities to engage in an unstructured way with their peers to encourage social skill development . Structured activities will provide opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills, explore various art media and sensory materials, practice listening skills in a larger group, and make music together.  Ages 3-4.

Training Choir

This choir is exactly what the title describes, so we use games and physical movement to get used to singing together as a group. There is no reading required. The kids will learn to raise their hands and take turns when speaking in class, and other group organizational skills. Some of the songs we will learn will be a part of a small holiday musical that will be performed at the holiday concert in December in combination with the other choirs. Some songs we learn are just for fun!  

 Teacher: Sabine

Biomes

An introduction to the five major classifications of biomes on earth. Will discuss/learn about their importance, characteristics, and sub-biomes. 

Teacher: Ellen

5 Senses

Will explore how the human body receives sensory information through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.   

Teacher: Ellen

Art for 5s and 6s

During this class we'll complete six projects in the style of six famous artists. We'll use construction paper, paints, oil pastels, and I might even break out the glitter! The goal of this class is to have great fun creating art.  Teacher: Janie

Splash!

We will explore how animals use water in a myriad of ways.  

Teacher: Paul

Fractions

 Come explore in the world of fractions. We will talk about one whole, halves, quarters and more. We will be using coins, legos, and more.

Teacher: Abbi 

Detectives

 We will make our own ultimate detective kits and solve real mysteries. Our activities will include crafts, literature, but most of all STEM learning.

Teacher: Nicole O. 

Gym Games

 Have fun and burn off some energy with Coach Ben! We'll cover general fitness principles and each group will include age-appropriate drills/games to build a foundation for speed and agility skills. Children should wear or bring comfortable clothes and shoes for gym.

Teacher: Coach Ben 

Ages 7-9

Food Science

We will start with bacteria and sanitation, then on to physical vs. chemical changes in food. We will dissect nutrition labels and also study the science behind taste. Note that food will be consumed in this class. I will accommodate most food allergies, however.  

Teacher: Katie

Junior Choir

We will learn songs that fit into a small holiday musical in the first two sessions and perform them at the holiday concert in December. There is no reading required to be in this choir.
Many children in Junior choir have some choral experience. If they were in Training Choir previously, they have already learned about listening when teachers and others are talking, staying in their own space, following directions, and cooperating as a group in the unique way that a chorus requires. Not everyone in Junior Choir can do this perfectly, but if they can respond to redirection from the front of the classroom, they should be ok. If your child needs more than occasional redirection or needs one on one attention, you are welcome to come with them to choir to help them focus/follow along/etc. Let us know if you would like to do this, and we will arrange the seating accordingly. You also have the option have having your 7 year old stay in the Training Choir group if you think that it would suit them better. Please let us know if you have any concerns about your child’s readiness.  

Teacher: Sabine and Rachel

Riddles, Rhymes, and Games

Students will be challenged to stretch their thinking through problem solving and team work. Caution: there may be some hidden math and poetry!

Teacher: Angela

Strategy Games

We'll explore various strategic board and card games, discussing and debating strategy as we play!

Teacher: Lilli

History Mysteries

Put on your detective hats and see if you can figure out what happened to the ancient civilisation of Mohenjo Daro in the Indus Valley, the early American settlement of Roanoke, and Henry Hudson. We will talk about artifacts, do some map work, and hone our detective skills. Class will close with a look at what kinds of artifacts future archeologists will find from our civilization.

Teacher: Ramona

All About Gnomes

Explore the history and mystery of gnomes through a variety of cultural stories and music. Projects to include hand sewing, dessert decorating, and modelling clay.

Teacher: Missy

The Science of Machines

We’ll use gears, levers and pulleys to create working models, while exploring how they mimic nature and human body movement.

Teacher: Missy

Astronaut Academy

Do you dream of blasting off into space and exploring Mars? If the answer is yes, then enroll at the Astronaut Academy to learn skills used by real-life astronauts. You'll discover how astronauts fly spacecraft, walk in space, and carry out space experiments. Fun activities include how to grow your own space food and space walk. So strap on your moon boots and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!

Teacher: Taylor

Story of the World (v.2: The Middle Ages)

In each class we will read a section of the chapter being used for the project of the day. It will be most beneficial if you and your child could read the chapters together before or after the class, so they can get more acquainted with the time period. As of now I think we will be covering chapters 1,2,4,5,7,8.

Teacher: Amenda

Older Detectives

 We will make our own detective kids and solve hands on mysteries with whodunit scenarios. Our scientific and problem solving skills will be put to the test.

Teacher: Nicole O. 

Gym Games

 Have fun and burn off some energy with Coach Ben! We'll cover general fitness principles and each group will include age-appropriate drills/games to build a foundation for speed and agility skills. Children should wear or bring comfortable clothes and shoes for gym.

Teacher: Coach Ben 

Ages 9-11

Drawing

Drawing is an essential skill that benefits everyone. Students will begin to recognize size, shape, position, direction of lines and circles in a defined space. we will begin with the 5 basic elements of form and line and move into composition. This will be an ongoing class throughout progressing on skills as the year continues.

Teacher: Amy

Senior Choir

This choir will learn some songs to fit into a holiday musical, and some songs to put together with the Show Choir for the holiday concert in December. Senior Choir kids will learn about the basics of singing, warming up for choir practice, and basic music reading, including solfege and rhythms.
Children in senior choir should be able to participate without redirection. They will be singing some of their songs in parts, and the chorus depends on each member to fully participate in their own part. If you are trying to decide if your 9 year old should be in Junior Choir or Senior Choir, consider whether they are ready and motivated to join in the activities and follow more complex directions that come along with Senior Choir, or whether they might need a little more time learning these special chorus skills in Junior Choir. Please let us know if you have any concerns about your child’s readiness.

Teacher: Sabine and Rachel

Discovering Artists

Each week we will discuss an artist and style. The children will then create a piece of their own artwork in the same style.

Teacher: Amy

Food Science

We will start with bacteria and sanitation, then on to physical vs. chemical changes in food. We will dissect nutrition labels and also study the science behind taste. Note that food will be consumed in this class. I will accommodate most food allergies, however.Teacher: Katie

Riddles, Rhymes, and Games

Students will be challenged to stretch their thinking through problem solving and team work. Caution: there may be some hidden math and poetry!

Teacher: Angela

Sewing 9-11

This class will work on sewing machine basics. Class one will focus on parts of a sewing machine, how to thread, winding a bobbin and choosing fabric for projects. The rest of the session will be spent on projects a pillowcase, a fabric bag, a potholder and more if we have time. Each student can go at his/her own pace. Scissors, pins, needles, and an iron will be used in class.

Teacher: Melanie

Running

Running is a great way to stay healthy while enjoying the fresh air! Please be prepared with outdoor attire EVERY week including rain gear to run in.

Teacher: Laura

Graveyard History

With the local graveyard as a focal point we will explore historical demographics and attitudes toward death and dying as seen in the monuments.

Teacher: Alison

Drama

Theatrical performance naturally promotes encouragement, confidence and creativity. During this session, students will work on short skits, improv, tableau variations and mime. Each class will begin with group and individual dramatic warm up excercises. This will be a fun, relaxed, roll with it class!

Teacher: April

Planetary Colonization

 This experience is designed for those interested in having fun with the challenge to colonize an imaginary planet. For guidance and inspiration we will be reading excerpts from The Green Book, by Jill Paton Walsh, about the last of refugees fleeing a dying Earth in an old spaceship to colonize a new planet. This experience will touch on STEAM and Social Studies concepts as we work together creatively to develop a mini-modern pioneering imaginative scenario. Some debate, discussion, research, art, hands-on, and whatever else the energy on the topic will bring. 

Teacher: Greg 

Gym Games

 Have fun and burn off some energy with Coach Ben! We'll cover general fitness principles and each group will include age-appropriate drills/games to build a foundation for speed and agility skills. Children should wear or bring comfortable clothes and shoes for gym.

Teacher: Coach Ben 

Easy Appetizers

 Need something quick and easy to make for a get-together? You will now have just the thing. We will be creating quick and easy appetizers that are just right for any occasion. Yummy and delicious not necessarily healthy and nutritious.

Teacher: Stephanie 

Ages 12 and up

Life Science

A lab-based science class in which students will familiarize themselves with scientific methodology and terminology. We will discuss classification, taxonomy, cell structure, and scientific method. We will focus on botany and/or zoology for this first semester (depending on how quickly students move through the material). Classes will be informative and interactive with a focus on hands-on learning and experiments. 

Teacher: Andrea

Show Choir

Show Choir will perform some holiday favorites at the December concert. The students will learn more specific vocal technique, good warm-ups, and basic sight-reading equivalent to NYSSMA level 2.
Members of Show Choir are enthusiastic about participating in the choir. As the name says, they are preparing for “the show,” and therefore are expected to participate in both sessions leading up to the concert and also to be at the concert. If there is a conflict with the concert, we will need to know very early on, as the makeup of the choir on concert day will affect how the class is taught throughout both sessions. In addition to singing multiple parts, Show Choir members may also do some choreography. They don’t have to be great at harmony or fabulous at dance – just willing to try something new.

Teacher: Sabine and Rachel

Strength Training

Increase your strength, endurance, and metabolism using resistance bands and body weight in this total body workout. Please wear comfortable clothing / sneakers, bring a water bottle and resistance band.

Teacher: Anitra

Sewing

This session will focus on basics and enhancing skills. Class one will focus on parts of a sewing machine, how to thread, winding a bobbin and choosing fabric for projects. The rest of the session will be spent on projects such as a pillowcase, a fabric tote/bag, a potholder and more. Each student can go at his/her own pace. We will encourage a slow steady pace to achieve a quality finished project. Scissors, pins, needles, and an iron will be used in class.

Teacher: Melanie

Graveyard History

With the local graveyard as a focal point we will explore historical demographics and attitudes toward death and dying as seen in the monuments.

Teacher: Alison

Entrepreneurs

Take this class for an introduction thinking entrepreneurially, understanding your strengths, problem solving and developing a road map to take your idea to a business.

Teacher: Ramona

Cooking

We will learn kitchen skills and cooking a meal for bfast, lunch, dinner as well as basic tips for making meals memorable. Week 1: knife skills, cooking terms, kitchen hacks. week 2: marinades, dressings, sauces. week 3: breakfast week 4: lunch week 5: dinner week 6: dessert

Teacher: Erica

Upper Drama Class

Theatre arts enhances unique skills and styles. For this session, the troupe will work on skits, improv, tableau vivant and monologues. We will acquaint ourselves with minor stage terminology, breathing and vocal projection techniques. Each class will begin with dramatic warm up exercises. Students will be motivated and inspired!

Teacher: April

Running

Running is a great way to stay healthy while enjoying the fresh air! Please be prepared with outdoor attire EVERY week including rain gear to run in.

Teacher: Laura

Planetary Colonization

 This experience is designed for those interested in having fun with the challenge to colonize an imaginary planet. For guidance and inspiration we will be reading excerpts from The Green Book, by Jill Paton Walsh, about the last of refugees fleeing a dying Earth in an old spaceship to colonize a new planet. This experience will touch on STEAM and Social Studies concepts as we work together creatively to develop a mini-modern pioneering imaginative scenario. Some debate, discussion, research, art, hands-on, and whatever else the energy on the topic will bring. 

Teacher: Greg 

Art

Teacher: Caroline