Session 1 Class Descriptions

5-6 Classes

 

Training choir The choir class for the youngest age group is meant to be an introduction to choir singing and learning to do things as a group. There will be call and response songs, movements to copy, and both new and familiar songs to learn. This choir does not use any music, but learns the words through motion and with pictures. We will also learn some songs using ASL. The songs we're preparing for Christmas are all in English from the more traditional repertoire, i.e. "White Christmas", by Irving Berlin. (Some warm-up and fun songs may be in other languages).

A list of the songs we're working on for the concert, and videos with recordings will be sent out during session 1, so kids can practice at home if they would like.

Our Christmas/Winter concert is on Dec. 17th at 3pm (kids arriving at 2:15). We will prepare four songs to sing for the concert, some combined with other choirs, and some just on their own.

It is not mandatory to sing at the concert! Children can take this class without performing, but they can not perform without attending chorus both session 1 and 2 without permission from the choir director. It is also very helpful to know ahead of time if a child is not participating in the concert, since we have seating and staging arrangements to plan. Teachers: Sabine and Rachel

 

Five in a Row Go Based on the popular FIAR curriculum, each week we will tap into a variety of subjects efficiently to further develop the classic litarary selection. This group will tackle lessons in unit study style including science, social studies, language arts, geography and applied math when applicable. The class will engage interactively through readings and work cooperatively and independently on activities. Teacher: April B

 

Stem for 5-6 We will explore what it takes to create things, and what makes it better or worse. Teacher: Amenda L


Art 1 This class is designed to introduce art in a positive and interactive setting.  Each week will feature a different artist and we'll create art based their famous works. Your budding artists will use watercolors, tempera paints, charcoal, markers and collage to make their masterpieces.  Art is fun!  My goal is for your children enjoy the process of creating. Teacher: Janie S

 

Fun with Math: We will explore various math topics through engaging, hands-on activities. Teacher: Angela


Seasonal Crafts Crafts tailored to the season. Will be accompanied with stories when possible. Teacher: Heather 


Tea, Table Setting and Stories Each class we will learn how to set a table properly, prepare and serve tea, and have a snack accompanied by a classic short story read aloud.  Teacher: Meghan C


Fairy Craft We'll work a little magic each week as we each design and create our own miniature fairies and fairy doll house to take home at the end of the semester! Teacher: Lilli K

 

7-9 Classes

 

Junior choir Once kids get to this age, they are expected to know how to interact as a group and follow instructions together. This choir will start singing in 2 parts, mostly canons and partner songs. They will learn four songs in English for the choir concert on Dec. 17th at 3pm. (kids arriving at 2:15pm), that are from the traditional repertoire, i.e. "The Grinch who stole Christmas" and "White Christmas".

It is not mandatory to sing at the concert! Children can take this class without performing, but they can not perform without attending chorus both session 1 and 2 without permission from the choir director. It is also very helpful to know ahead of time if a child is not participating in the concert, since we have seating and staging arrangements to plan.

Some of the songs we use for warming up and as "fun" songs in choir class might be in different languages, and/or with movement and sometimes with sign language. There is no actual sheet music used for this class. Kids learn their songs by movement and repetition.

A list of the songs we're working on for the concert, and videos with recordings will be sent out during session 1, so kids can practice at home if they would like.Teachers: Sabine and Rachel

Art Drawing and painting using water colors, charcoal, chalk and oil pastels, tempera and acrylic paints. This session we will focus on learning to draw using sketching techniques and shapes to help draw more accurately. Please bring an art smock! Teacher: Michaeline

Rice Is Nice What can we do with rice? Well, eat it of course! This session, kids will transform traditional rice into palate pleasing plates. We’ll create burritos, pudding, sushi and homemade pasta, all while exploring flavors from Europe, India and Southeast Asia. *Dishes may include cooked meat, wheat, eggs, dairy and/or nuts. Teacher: Missy F

 

Science Experiments 7-9 Let’s explore some ancient science! We’ll experiment with making glue and measuring in cubits, both of which were used in Ancient Egypt. We’ll make music by constructing simple instruments similar to those used as far back as prehistory, and measure the heights of trees and buildings, modeling a method that has been used since Ancient Greece. And we’ll learn about the beginning of the study of optics and construct and compare models of different Roman bridges. Teacher: Anne D

Epic Aliens (7-9) It's a bird, it's a plane...it's a creature from another planet! We'll explore and question the possibility of extraterrestrial life, UFOs, and make some of our own designs and out of this world models. Teacher: Lilli K


Running Come discover the pure joy of running! Each week we'll run approximately 30 minutes, followed by a basic stretching routine. The class will be great exercise, but more importantly, it will be fun to run with your friends! Teacher: Laura A 


Cognitive Games Cognitive Games help flex the brain muscles.  In each class, students will be asked to work as individuals or in groups to solve a variety of mind-bending games, problems and puzzles.  These tasks can range from very simple to somewhat difficult in levels.  They will exercise the brain and require concentration.  Students will learn that solving these problems require not just knowledge but often simply a different way of thinking.  Teacher: Deana L


Animal Art We’ll be painting a different habitat each week. Teacher: Nicole O

 

Apple Desserts We will be making delicious apple desserts. Some recipes will contain nuts and will be gluten free. We will also go over kitchen safety in the first class. Teacher: Melanie D


10-11 Classes

 

Senior choir This choir is designed to make kids more familiar with harmony, and also learning to read some basic music. They will first get instructions on how to hold their folder and follow a conductor, and then learn rhythms and how to read them. This choir will sometimes sing up to 3 parts at a time, depending on the music, and they will mostly use sheet music to learn their songs.

There may be some staging/choreography learned for some songs for performance.

Our Christmas/Winter concert is on Dec. 17th at 3pm (kids arriving at 2:15). We will prepare four songs to sing for the concert, some combined with other choirs, and some just on their own.

It is not mandatory to sing at the concert! Children can take this class without performing, but they can not perform without attending chorus both session 1 and 2 without permission from the choir director. It is also very helpful to know ahead of time if a child is not participating in the concert, since we have seating and staging arrangements to think about for the concert.

 A list of the songs we're working on for the concert, and videos with recordings will be sent out during session 1, so kids can practice at home if they would like. Teachers: Sabine and Rachel

 

It's Up for Debate Debate is a great tool for engaging students and livening up classroom curriculum. Using debates in the classroom can help students grasp logical thinking and presentation skills. Among the skills, it fosters citizenship and etiquette, clarity, organization, persuasion, public speaking, research, teamwork and cooperation. Students will engage each week independently or grouped, in a basic rudimentary level of argumentative topics. They will express their positions, with respect to others, in a fun interactive class! We will use common school issues and familiar tales as sources to derive our topics. Teacher: April B

Math Games: Whether you love math or avoid it like the plague you will find math games to be a fun way to build mental math skills without the stress. A couple examples of the fun games that will be highlighted are Zeus on the Loose and Speed. Warning: You might just find that building math skills can be fun. Teacher: Jill Williams 

Cake Decorating 10-11 An introduction to icing: buttercream and royal.  Learn about the differences in icings and how to make them, piping techniques, and how to make edible decorations.  Students will level and prepare a cake for decorating and then decorate it with techniques learned as a final project. * Class will include ingredients containing gluten. Teacher: Kris S

Sewing 10-11 Students will learn basic machine sewing – machine components, setting up a machine and some basic troubleshooting.  We will work on several small projects focused on piecing smaller fabric squares together, such as a quilted bag. Teacher: Kris 


Running Come discover the pure joy of running! Each week we'll run approximately 30 minutes, followed by a basic stretching routine. The class will be great exercise, but more importantly, it will be fun to run with your friends! Teacher: Laura A


Animal classification We will be exploring the 6 classes of animals.  When able, I will bring in live specimens to play with, Teacher: Erin E


Art O Motion We will explore the concept of art and motion by pairing physical science and engineering with artistic vision to create amazing pieces of mechanical sculpture. First we will be creating a sculpture around a rotary hub with stacked wooden beads and soft wire. When a direct air current is applied to metallic paper “sails” (blow on it!), the sculpture blades turn gently. Teacher: Amy M


Cognitive Games Cognitive Games help flex the brain muscles.  In each class, students will be asked to work as individuals or in groups to solve a variety of mind-bending games, problems and puzzles.  These tasks can range from very simple to somewhat difficult in levels.  They will exercise the brain and require concentration.  Students will learn that solving these problems require not just knowledge but often simply a different way of thinking. Teacher: Deana L


Conversation Starters We will discuss basic conversation and listening tips while we engage in conversations in a group setting using open ended questions. Trying to get the children to open up and be able to speak comfortably in a group setting. A couple examples of questions that will be asked are: What do you miss most about being in the single digits? What makes you a good friend? If you could change one thing in the world what would it be? If you had to give every human being one quality, what would it be and why? Teacher: Melanie D


Book Detectives In book detectives, we learn how every book fits into one genre, mystery.   No matter what kind of story it is, the author gives us clues through the characters, setting, plot and theme.  It's our job as the reader to dig in and read between the lines.  This session will include weekly reading (outside of class time), great discussion based upon literary elements and strategies for reading comprehension, and am extension activity or two.  Prior to the class, I will email families to let you know what the book has been selected to allow tell for purchase or borrowing from the library. Teacher: Angela


12+ Classes

Show choir

This choir is run like a high school select ensemble. Students in this choir will learn to read music, use the sheet music, and learn most of their music with it until it's memorized. There will be some music theory learned during the choir periods, but the focus is on learning to blend the sounds of different voice parts, and learn four songs for the Christmas concert. There will also be some focus on learning correct singing and breathing for singers during class.

All the songs we're singing for the concert are in English, but some warm-up songs and other exercises may be in other languages. The songs we're singing for the Christmas concert include Pentatonix "White Winter Hymnal" and "Happy Christmas (War is over)", by John Lennon.

Our Christmas/Winter concert is on Dec. 17th at 3pm (kids arriving at 2:15).  Parents who wish to sign their kids up for this choir class without performing, need to let the choir director know ahead of time, so she can plan accordingly.

There may be some choreography learned in this choir. If we do it, it will be easy enough for everyone to do, and practiced during class repeatedly!

A list of the songs we're working on for the concert, and videos with recordings will be sent out during session 1, so kids can practice at home if they would like.Teachers: Sabine and Rachel

 

Intro to Some Great Philosophers In this class we will sample the thought of well-known philosophers, such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Nietzsche, Montaigne, Descartes and more. More important than the philosophers, we will learn to articulate our own thoughts, think critically, and, above all, have fun.Teacher: Alex K

 

Math Art In this class we will discover the beautiful patterns and designs made when playing with numbers and shapes. We will work with patterns found when using circles and triangles, make crazy spirals using number patterns, discover the math behind 3D art, and other artistic challenges. If you love to doodle and solve puzzles, this class is for you!Teacher: Katie P


Science 12+  This session we will go more in depth with anatomy and physiology focusing on only one body system. We will dive into the digestive system with plenty of fun activities, labs, projects and some possible light homework/teamwork.Teacher: Erin E

 

Conversation Starters We will discuss basic conversation and listening tips while we engage in conversations in a group setting using open ended questions. Trying to get the children to open up and be able to speak comfortably in a group setting. A couple examples of questions that will be asked are: What do you miss most about being in the single digits? What makes you a good friend? If you could change one thing in the world what would it be? If you had to give every human being one quality, what would it be and why?Teacher: Melanie D

 

Running 12+ Each class will consist of a cardiovascular warmup, a combination of dynamic and static stretches, an easy pace run (joining up with Corinne's 10-11 running class) and cool down stretches.  Kids should bring a yoga mat, exercise mat, or towel so they don't have to lay directly on the ground.Teacher: Anitra S.

 

 

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