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Session 1 Fall 2018 Classes

Classes begin Friday, September 7th

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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.Teacher: Danielle C., Karra, and Susannah

Training Choir

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Piggie and Gerald

Join us for silly adventures with our friends Piggie and Gerald from the beloved book series. We will read the books in class and then have some fun with educational games, crafts and activities.

Teacher: Amenda

Art for 5s and 6s

Art for 5's & 6's is designed to introduce your kiddos to various artists and have them try their hand at painting, drawing, and papercraft. The goal is for these little artists to walk out of the door knowing that art is fun and that their teacher finds them delightful!

Teacher: Janie

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 of speed and agility skills. Children should wear or bring comfortable clothes and shoes for gym, and be prepared to take class outside when weather permits. 

Teacher: Coach Ben

Dinosaurs

Students will pretend to be archaeologists and 'dig' for dinosaur fossils. We will learn about what archaeologists do, create models of dinos, read dinosaur books, and a variety of other fun activities.

Teacher: Paul

Poetry Alive

Teaching poems with lyrical phrases that capture imagination and movement. We will learn classic Mother Goose rhymes, selections from A Child's Garden of Verses and simple Fingerplays. Light copy work will be provided as an option to reinforce at home.

Teacher: April

Backyard Science

In this class, we will discuss and explore some of the amazing plants and creatures that we can find living in our own backyards. We will talk about everything from life-cycles to food chains and worms to trees. We will do some reading, some crafting, and a bit of getting our hands dirty. As is always the case, if it’s not pouring - you’ll find us outside!

Teacher: Ellen

Human/Animal Health

Human/Animal Health 5-6, we will discuss and compare similarities and differences between health needs of humans, dogs, cats and horses. Topics to include dental health, proper diet, exercise, hygiene, sleep and relationships.

Teacher: Katie N.

Felt Sewing

Put your little chef to work with play foods. This cute and fun creative activity stimulates both fine motor skills and imagination! In this session, we will build a unique menu that will include eggs, pastries and fruit.

Teacher: April 

Spanish

Children will be experience Spanish through stories, games, activities and songs. Listening comprehension and speaking skills will be emphasized.

Teacher: Sheri H.

Science

Join us for a fun hands-on class of science. Using average household items, we will do a different experiment to see how the world around us works.

Teacher: Heather B.

Ages 7-8

Animal Art

Calling all creative growlers and howlers! We'll be making animal themed art you can display, frame and wear. (Messes encouraged.)

Teacher: Missy

Junior Choir

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Creative Arts & Crafts

We will use a variety of mediums, including yarn, felt, watercolors, acrylics, glue, markers, tissue paper, fabrics, and foam, to create a moon forest, sunflower watercolor, yarn pumpkin, changing seasons tree, pumpkin treat bag, and a galaxy watercolor.

Teacher: Jessica R.

No-Bake Cooking

Each week we will read a wonderful picture book and create a “no bake” recipe that correlated with the theme of that particular book. Our chefs-in-training will be immersed in a class of cooking, along with literature, math, and writing as they will be creating their own recipe book of all our recipes to take home at the end of the session!

Teacher: Jennifer F.

Book Club

We will read Stick Cat and discuss in class. There will potentially be a craft (Please may I have a crafty second?). For the first few classes, I'll read aloud and kids will follow along in their books; hopefully by week 3 this will migrate to Choral Reading where we all read aloud and then hopefully by the end - week 6 we may get to everyone reading a paragraph or 2 on their own. Or not. Ideally it will be reading for 10-15 mins - discussion - and a craft/word search/something of that nature.

Teacher: Ramona

Paper Circuits

In this fun STEM class, kids will learn about electricity, learn how to create circuits and be creative with them. Using conductive metal tape, LEDs and batteries, kids will learn how to create basic circuits, switches and more. Once they know basics, the kids will apply them to their own fun light up creations.

Teacher: Sue

Spanish

Children will be experience Spanish through stories, games, activities and songs. Listening comprehension and speaking skills will be emphasized, but some reading and writing skills will be practiced as well. 

Teacher: Robyn D.

Felt Sewing

We will teach basic sewing techniques such as how to thread a needle and some basic stitches. We will be hand stitching a variety of items made from felt. No sewing experience needed!

Teacher: Julie

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 of speed and agility skills. Children should wear or bring comfortable clothes and shoes for gym, and be prepared to take class outside when weather permits. 

Teacher: Coach Ben 

Ages 9-10

Art

We'll be looking at techniques inspired by famous artists and trying them out for ourselves. We'll use a variety of mediums, including paint, aluminum foil, and pastels to complete such projects as monoprints, aluminum figure sculptures, and glue and pastel drawings.

Teacher: Anne 

Senior Choir

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Strategy Games

We’ll be exploring various card and board games this semester including Bears vs. Babies, where silly bear and monster armies are built to take on the evil baby army! (Our family finds this game very playful but it is labeled 10+ so please do read about the game if you have any sensitivity concerns about card images or content before signing up your child!)

Teacher: Lilli 

Got Rhythm?

This is a music class, a dance class, and a math class. Students will use their whole bodies and minds to develop a sense of rhythm. We'll learn how to keep a beat and how to share musical space with others whether using our bodies or external instruments. We will also introduce basic notation, and maybe even create some of our own!

Teacher: Emily

Running

Our class will consist of dynamic stretches to warm up our muscles, an enjoyable run, and cool-down stretches. Please dress for the weather and wear sneakers.

Teacher: Anitra

Story Writing

We will discuss elements of story writing using the three-act structure. Students will work on developing their own short stories creating their own characters, ordinary worlds for them, inciting incidents, climax and resolution.

Teacher: Katie N.

Book Club

We will read The Rats of Nimh and discuss in class. There will potentially be a craft (Please may I have a crafty second?). Students are expected to have read the chapters in advance of class.

Teacher: Ramona

Spanish

Children will learn basic conversational Spanish using stories, games, activities and songs. Our main focus will be on listening and speaking skills, but reading and writing skills will also be practiced.

Teacher: Robyn D.

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 

Taking Things Apart

This is a science/engineering-focused class taught by a mechanical engineer. In this session we will be exploring and dismantling common (and not so common) household items to find out what's inside them and how they work. Children will learn safe techniques for dismantling common items. Tools and safety gear will be provided. Our course will include some of the following items: Polaris UTV 760 cc Fuel-Injected Engine, many Vacuum Cleaners, Printers, Cameras, Smartphones, Vehicle Suspension parts* and lots of other things. Children will be able to take some of the items home. *for safety reasons, certain parts such as automotive suspension components will not be dismantled.

Teacher: Richard K.

Ages 11 and up

History of Rock

History of Rock is a course designed to familiarize the student with the history of rock music. Prominent styles, artists, bands and albums from each era will be covered, as well as a light examination of the sociological, economic and cultural factors that helped shape the many styles of rock music. Classroom listening, discussion, and activities will help enhance the learning experience. 

Teacher: Ellen

Show Choir

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Got Rhythm?

This is a music class, a dance class, and a math class. Students will use their whole bodies and minds to develop a sense of rhythm. We'll learn how to keep a beat and how to share musical space with others whether using our bodies or external instruments. We will also introduce basic notation, and maybe even create some of our own!

Teacher: Emily

Writing

A non-comprehensive sampling review of several different written American art forms including: The Essay, Poetry, Journalism (News Reporting), the short story, and the Novel. Students will choose and focus upon one or more of these forms of writing (or any other approved writing form) to further their writing skills.

Teacher: Ken

Running Class 12+

Our class will consist of dynamic stretches to warm up our muscles, an enjoyable run, and cool-down stretches. Please dress for the weather and wear sneakers.

Teacher: Anitra 

Art

Express your creativity. From found items to traditional media, we will experiment with different ways to make unique art.

Teacher: Stephanie S.

New York State History, Part I

Students will explore the early history of the state of New York, including the early inhabitants of the region as well as European exploration and colonization. If there is interest, this class will continue through all four sessions this school year to form a complete study of New York State History to fulfill the state homeschool requirements.

Teacher: Sheri H.

Strategy Games

We’re going to dedicate this semester to playing Smash Up! It’s a dynamic card game where different decks of powerful Dinosaurs, Robots, Ninjas, Zombies that keep coming back from the discard pile, and even Fairies and Kitty Cats are shuffled together to battle and try to win bases. Many of the cards have unique powers so comfort reading independently is integral to game strategy.
(Our family thinks this is a great game but it is labeled 13+ so please do read about the game if you have any sensitivity concerns about card images or content before signing up your child!)

Teacher: Lilli
 

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

Spanish

Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills will be practiced as we explore Spanish through stories, activities and games. This class is appropriate for students who are new to Spanish as well as those who have studied Spanish. 

Teacher: Sheri H.

Chemistry

This session students will be exploring various concepts and principles of chemistry. From states of matter to the periodic table, this class will use experiments, demonstrations, and class discussions to gain a better understanding of topics introduced. So grab a lab coat and some safety goggles and join us this session!

Teacher: Angela D.