Session 3 Class Descriptions

5-6

Training choir The theme for our spring concert is "Pop and rock music through time". You will get youtube videos of all the songs to listen to before the session even starts, and the repertoire will drive the learning this semester. The songs are all in English and the rhythms and words fun and upbeat! The goal for kids in training choir is to get used to being in a big group and coordinate singing with movement. There are no reading skills required. Songs will be learned through movement, pictures and repetition. There is no homework, other than singing songs around the house! Our spring concert is May 14th, at 3pm. Teacher: Sabine and Kara F

Crazy 8s Math Club Ready for some math fun?  Hands-on games, making music, glow-in-the-dark geometry!  All while we learn about math.  We'll have a blast!  This is a two-period class.  For the first hour, we'll be engaged in focused math activities.  The remaining time will be devoted to games.  If you need to leave after 4th period, but still want your child to take this class, no problem!  Just let me know so I can plan accordingly. Teacher: Angela

Art 3This class is a continuation of Art 1 & Art 2.  I'll introduce famous artists, break out the paints, the oil pastels and tempera paints and we'll create art work in the style of the weekly artist.  My goal for the class is for your kids to walk away knowing that art is great fun.  If we make a mess and enjoy the process, it's been a successful endeavor.  I have artist smocks, but those don't always protect clothing completely.  Please be sure to send your budding artists to class with clothes that potentially could get messy. Instructor:  Janie Stvan

5-6 Dance Party Rock out on the dance floor to various tunes from movie soundtracks, popular music, and broadway.  We'll explore individual expressive movement and maybe even some choreography, but mostly just have fun with music and how it inspires us to dance Teacher: Lilli

Backyard Science In Backyard Science we will talk about some of the wild things we can discover in our own backyards.

We will learn about some of the many creatures and plants native to our area and examine their life-cycles, diets, lives, and behaviors. We will also discuss the importance of observing without disturbing and how to keep a nature journal. Teacher: Ellen

Pirate Geography The students will design (and build) their own island where they will have “hidden” their pirate treasure, and then make a map of how to get there. Will be talking about different landforms definitions. Also working on map skills. Teacher: Abbi

Slime In this class we will learn about how different animals use slime in different ways. Each class will be devoted to teaching and creating a different kind of slime. It might get a little messy! Teacher: Paul

Science Show and Tell We will be continuing with show and tell related to subject. We will be covering reptiles and two other subjects to be determined. Teacher: Valerie

 

7-9

Junior choir The theme for our spring concert is "Pop and rock music through time". You will get youtube videos of all the songs to listen to before the session starts, so the kids can be familiar with the songs before the first week of co-op. In addition to the songs learned for the spring concert, which will be on May 14th at 3pm, we also learn silly songs and warm-up songs during chorus time. We will not use sheet music or words to learn the songs, but repetition, pictures and movement. Sometimes the kids will come up with their own movements, and we will start learning to sing in 2 parts with canons and partner songs. The goal in this class is to love singing! Teacher: Sabine and Rachel

Science Experiments 7-9 This session we’ll perform experiments related to simple machines. We’ll explore what is meant by “work” in physics and how we can use simple machines to complete this work. We’ll experiment with inclined planes, wedges, levers, and wheels and make models of these machines using a variety of items. Some of the planned activities include using spring scales to measure force needed to pull an item up an inclined plane, making a “screwy” paper helicopter, playing with potato gears, and building a model of a catapult. Teacher: Anne

Story book Art Our art projects will be based on Story books we read in class.  We will paint, draw, and use creative thinking to complete our projects.  Teacher: Nicole O

7-9 Strategy Games We'll explore a number of exciting board and/or card games and debate various game strategies as we play! Teacher: Lilli

Pirate Geography The students will design (and build) their own island where they will have “hidden” their pirate treasure, and then make a map of how to get there. Will be talking about different landforms definitions. Also working on map skills. Teacher: Abbi

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

Drawing and Painting Create mixed media drawings and paintings ha using chalk and oil pastel, acrylic paint, charcoal and water colors. Students will learn various art techniques and ways to work with mixed media. Please bring an art smock to protect clothing. Teacher: Michaeline

All About Cats Using a multidisciplinary approach we will examine cats from the inside out, from the jungle to the fireside, and from the past into the future. Phenotypes, Genotypes, Phylogeny, Fiction, Lore, Behavior. We can even examine what makes us allergic. And who knows? We may even have a visitor or two over the session. MEOW! Teacher: Alison

Origami Math We will talk about math while folding paper into fun origami shapes and creations. Symmetry, some basic fractions, sequence and geometry will be included. Teacher: Melanie

 

10-11

 Senior choir The theme for our spring concert is "Pop and rock music through time". You will get youtube videos of all the songs to listen to before the session starts, so the kids can be familiar with the songs before they learn them. This choir uses sheet music to learn most of the songs, and they will learn to follow a score and read basic rhythms. They will also sing in 2 parts, sometimes in 3, and develop the skills to sing in parts regularly. There may be some movement involved in our songs, but it will not be complicated. Our spring, which we will be getting ready for during this and next session, is on May 14th, at 3pm. Teacher: Sabine and Rachel

Taco Time Join us on a cooking adventure to Mexico! In this class we will make traditional dishes from Mexico that you can make for your family from scratch. From sweet to spicy, we will explore customary meals and treats. Don't like spice? All the dishes will be mild on the heat! Teacher: Katie

3D Art  We will explore a variety of art in 3 dimensional form. Teacher: Amy

Board Game Creation Kids will learn about different types of games and from this they will imagine, design, and build their very own board game from start to finish. They will create the rules, game pieces, game board, and packaging. At the end they will present their game and if time permits we will play! Teacher: Stephanie

Mystery Science The first three weeks of Mystery Science will focus on Energy and Motion. This introductory energy unit will encourage students to think about the energy that things need to move. Students will explore how energy makes things go, from powering vehicles to moving one’s body. Students will experiment with rubber band racers to discover the relationship between how much energy is stored in a material and how much is released. They will investigate the role that hills play in making roller coasters move and the energy transfer that happens when two objects collide. Students will realize that thinking about the world in terms of energy helps them make sense of how and why things speed up and slow down. Hands-on activities focus on engineering, testing hypotheses and using results to develop their ideas. The second half of the session we will focus on Chemical Magic (or Chemical Reactions and Property of Matter).  This unit helps students develop the concepts of “substances” and “chemical reactions.” Students see that chemical reactions enable us to make new materials by transforming the ones we have. The results of these reactions are interesting and sometimes profoundly useful. Teacher: Jill

Running/Yoga We are happy to offer a running/yoga class this session to keep our bodies in motion during these cold winter months! Laura will lead outdoor running when weather permits while Billi Jo will lead yoga using a DVD for those days it is not safe to be outside due to temperature or ice. We are very excited to offer these activities that are fantastic ways to stay strong and healthy both physically and mentally. Please make sure your children have appropriate outdoor attire for running and a yoga mat would be great! Billi Jo has a couple she will bring each week, but if we could get more that would be great! Teachers: Laura and Billi Jo

Sewing This class will work on sewing machine basics.  Class one will focus on parts of a sewing machine and choosing fabric for projects.  The rest of the session will be spent working on projects, such as insulated water bottle holder, fabric gift bag, a stuffed animal and more. Each student can go at his/her own pace.  Scissors, pins, needles, and an iron will be used in class. Teacher: Kris

One Pot Meals Teams of 2 will participate in a fun cook off where they get the directions and ingredients and see who can work together to make the meal within the allotted amount of time. Possible recipes include:

Lemon herb chicken and rice

Mexican rice skillet

Roasted chicken and vegetables

Spinach rice

Homemade hamburger helper

Burrito bowls 

 These may be subject to change.  Teacher: Caroline

 

12+

Show choir The theme for our spring concert is "Pop and rock music through time". You will get youtube videos of all the songs to listen to before the session starts, so the students can have a chance to listen to the repertoire ahead of time. The spring concert will be on May 14th, at 3pm. Show choir is run like a high school select ensemble. The students sing in 3 parts, sometimes 4, and the repertoire is at high school level. The students coming up from Senior choir, will be ready for this kind of group, and will learn more note-reading and understanding the score in this choir. They will also learn more about how to use their voices well for singing, breath support and diction. Students will be classified as either "soprano", "alto", "tenor", and "bass", in this group, but it's flexible and can change as the student wishes. Teacher: Sabine and Rachel

Photography Students will learn how digital cameras work and how to use them including different functions their camera is equipped with. Each week students will need to take pictures at home, before the next class, using knowledge they've received.

Students must have a digital camera (his own or one he can borrow each week). It can be phone if that is all they have, as long as I can hook it up to my laptop to download pictures each week. Teacher: Melanie

Storytellers Storytellers are World Shapers! Let's sit together around a virtual fire and share how stories shape our lives and our consciousness. We will look at universal themes and characters that show up across diverse cultures and throughout human history. The hero. The Villain. The Victim. The Survivor. The Millenial....

 We will turn our classroom into theatre as we explore various ways to tell stories. You will be encouraged to bring all your talents to bear; art, music, narration, acting, animation, costumes, and things I cannot yet imagine.

 Someone* once said "with great power comes great responsibility." Let's look at how the way we create and tell stories, both ours and the stories of others, can shape history.

 *http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/07/23/great-power/

 look at this site! Was it Stan Lee or Voltaire? Our first example of a universal narrative ;) Teacher: Alison

Sewing This class will work on sewing machine basics.  Class one will focus on parts of a sewing machine and choosing fabric for projects.  The rest of the session will be spent working on projects, such as insulated water bottle holder, fabric gift bag, a stuffed animal and more. Each student can go at his/her own pace.  Scissors, pins, needles, and an iron will be used in class. Teacher: Kris

Art 12+ We will do a lesson on Pablo Picasso and then make block art faces of out small blocks of wood, penciling on different face parts, painting them and then gluing them to make an interesting wall piece.

 We will also be drawing 2 identical pictures and coloring them differently and then weaving them together to make a new picture using parts of each picture.

 Lastly if we have time we will use some pastel chalk to make an aurora borealis with a shadow silhouette in the foreground. Teacher: Caroline

One Pot Meals

Teams of 2 will participate in a fun cook off where they get the directions and ingredients and see who can work together to make the meal within the allotted amount of time. Possible recipes include:

Lemon herb chicken and rice

Mexican rice skillet

Roasted chicken and vegetables

Spinach rice

Homemade hamburger helper

Burrito bowls 

These may be subject to change. Teacher: Caroline


 

 

 

 

 

 

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