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Session 2 Fall 2018 Classes

Classes begin Friday, November 2nd

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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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Felt Sewing

 Put those little fingers to work with felt woodland creatures. This cute and fun creative activity stimulates both fine motor skills and imagination! In this session, we will make unique nature themed creatures that can double for play or ornaments! 

Teacher: April

Art for 5s and 6s

 We'll take a look at 6 more artists & tackle 6 more art projects using tempera, watercolors, oil pastels & good ol' construction paper. As always, the goal of this class is for your little artists to enjoy the process of creating & walk out the door knowing art is fun! 

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

Seasonal Crafts & Gift Making

 Tis the season for gift making! We will be making some fun gifts for the special people in our lives. We will use a variety of mediums including felt, paint, clay, and more! We will also make a small Thanksgiving centerpiece or banner. 

Teacher: Jessica

Acting Out Fables

We will design paper plate masks or props and read/act out scenes in a new fable each week.

Teacher: Katie N.

Can You Find It?

 Based on the MET's popular series, this picture study class will provide a fun way to learn about classic art. Using simple rhyme and exploration of seasons and shadows, this seek-and-find book invites children to explore art in a special way. A color copy of each, rights granted, will be provided to share at home. 

Teacher: April

Dance Party

At the end of a long day at co-op, sometimes you've just gotta shake, shake, shake your sillies out! Join us for a rollicking good time exploring different genres of moving music. We'll learn some safe stretches, some funky dance moves, and get our groove on to tunes from around the world.

Teacher: Emily P.

Science: The 5 Senses

Did you know you have five senses? Learn about them through fun class lessons and discussions, and interactive activities. Students will log all of their findings in logbooks to take home at the end of the session. (Food will be involved in "taste" and "smell" weeks. ALL student food allergies will be avoided.)

Teacher: Moriah

Spanish

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

Teacher: Sheri H.

Ages 7-8

Exploring Aesop's Fables

 We will dive into a new fable each week and discuss the morals and important lessons in these wise and classic stories. We will have fun narrating and acting, writing our own fable, all while deepening our reading comprehension and building writing skills. 

Teacher: Julie

Junior Choir

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Seasonal Crafts & Gift Making

 Tis the season for gift making! We will be making some fun gifts for the special people in our lives. We will use a variety of mediums including felt, paint, clay, and more! We will also make a small Thanksgiving centerpiece or banner. 

Teacher: Jessica R.

No-Bake Cooking: Holiday Edition!

Each week we will read a wonderful picture book pertaining to the upcoming holiday season and then 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.

The History of Cryptography

Come explore the cool science (and art) of cryptography and cryptanalysis. We'll check out the ways people have hidden and encoded information throughout history. From disappearing ink to skip codes to more sophisticated types of cyphers, each class will be a riddle to be solved! Basic reading and writing skills will be required for this class.

Teacher: Liz

Art Studio

 A space where creativity, experimentation and play rules. Each week, kids will learn about modern and contemporary artists and learn the elements of art all while trying out new techniques and mediums. They will see what paint can do, experiment with monoprinting, create optical illusions, learn to draw graffiti and more. 

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.

Oceans: Our Watery Planet

Weeks 1-3: We will look at how oceans formed, how the water cycle fits in, understand the difference between oceans and seas and identify the oceans and seas of the world. We’ll delve into the layers of the ocean, looking at who lives where and who’s eating what…food chain, pyramids, and maps.
 

Weeks 4-6: The second half of this class will look at the challenges to the ocean - rising ocean levels, plastics, fishing practices; how we’re mitigating these challenges, and how to be an ocean hero.

Teacher: Ramona

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 

Noodle Doodle

A kid-designed class where we will create all kinds of cool art using only pasta and other pantry-finds. We’ll pull from a pile of supplies, options, ideas, samples, and methods; doing some guided projects and leaving plenty of room for their creativity to run wild.

Teacher: Ellen

Ages 9-10

The History of Cryptography

Come explore the cool science (and art) of cryptography and cryptanalysis. We'll check out the ways people have hidden and encoded information throughout history. From disappearing ink to skip codes to more sophisticated types of cyphers, each class will be a riddle to be solved! Basic reading and writing skills will be required for this class.

Teacher: Liz

Senior Choir

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Strategy Games

We'll continue to explore various board and card games, discussing and debating strategies as we play! Games may include Gubs, Exploding Kittens, Boss Monster, or Machi Koro, among others.

Teacher: Lilli 

World Changers: Famous Scientists and Inventors

  

Wouldn't it be amazing if you could discover something that would change the course of history? In this class, we'll be learning about people who did just that! Each week, we'll be studying a different scientist or inventor, learning all kinds of fascinating facts about them, and trying out our own experiment or activity inspired by their discovery! As always, bring your curiosity.

Teacher: Taylor

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. If the weather is unreasonable, we will do exercises indoors.

Teacher: Anitra

Creative Writing Workshop

 We will experiment with different writing exercises each week and have some time reserved for sharing our work.

Teacher: Katie N.

Art of Journaling

 We will explore various forms of journaling. Art, Smash, Dream, Gratitude, Idea, Bullet, Poetry, Goals, Wreck this, etc. The children will be introduced to various types of journaling, having a chance to explore through writing prompts and their own interests while using art supplies and mixed media. They can try different styles or pick their favorites to use while creating and keeping their own journal.  

Teacher: Shauna

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 

Oceans: Our Watery Planet

  

Weeks 1-3: We will look at how oceans formed, how the water cycle fits in, understand the difference between oceans and seas and identify the oceans and seas of the world. We’ll delve into the layers of the ocean, looking at who lives where and who’s eating what…food chain, pyramids, and maps.
 

Weeks 4-6: The second half of this class will look at the challenges to the ocean - rising ocean levels, plastics, fishing practices; how we’re mitigating these challenges, and how to be an ocean hero.

Teacher: Ramona

Civil War

We will be learning about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad through games and activities.

Teacher: Heather B.

Ages 11 and up

Write Like Pinterest

 Come learn the secrets of modern brush lettering. We'll practice all the basic strokes, link them into letters, and loop them around into words to adorn projects fit to Pin. Everyone has something to say; come learn how to say it in style!

Teacher: Emily

Show Choir

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Poetry & Journaling

 We will introduce some of the traditional styles of poetry, but mostly this will be a class for thinking outside of the box. There will be tons of room for creativity and personal expression as we explore free form poetry, mixed media (smash/wreck) journaling, lyric develop, etc.

Teacher: Ellen

Chemistry

Come hang with us in science as we continue to explore various concepts and principles of chemistry. During this session, we will turn our attention to the periodic table. Each week we will study different elements. And to help gain a better understanding of the elements discussed, we will conduct various related experiments and demonstrations during class. So grab a lab coat and some safety goggles and join us this session! (Students do not need to have taken chemistry in session 1 to join this class)

Teacher: Angela D.

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. If the weather is unreasonable, we will do exercises indoors.

Teacher: Anitra 

Art

Express

New York State History, Part 2

  

Meet the people, visit the places and learn the events that shaped New York from it’s beginning to the Civil War. 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: Kim C.

Strategy Games

We'll continue to explore various board and card games, discussing and debating strategies as we play! Games may include Gubs, Exploding Kittens, Boss Monster, or Machi Koro, among others.

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.

NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program

  

This class will focus on supporting students joining over an estimated 100,000 kids participating in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. There is no mandatory additional cost for participating in this program. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenges, supports, and empowers the young writer to complete a first draft of a novel of their own creation in the month of November. The focus for November is word count over quality. This month-long exercise frees the students from their inner-critic (who they will be able to reclaim in December). The writing for this month will not focus on spelling, grammar, or punctuation. This November will be dedicated to simply writing and reaching word-count goals.

In order to complete the word-count goals, students should expect to have time dedicated to writing daily at home. Writing outside of class is a requirement for participating in this class. Class time will be used to track writing progress and build and maintain the zeal needed to complete their novels in a month. Students will also be offered the opportunity to share portions of what they are working on with the rest of the class. The goal of the class is to be a foundation for a supportive writing community which has a physical presence on Fridays during class, but also makes online collaboration available throughout every day of the week during this course.

NaNoWriMo makes free materials available to support this program, and these will be leveraged for this class. A curriculum that supports this month-long adventure will be made available as a digital download for parents. While the parent’s use of this teaching aid is not a requirement for their child’s or children’s participation in this class, parents are strongly urged to review it and use it as they see fit. Downloading the curriculum and starting today wouldn’t be too soon.

Teacher: Ken