Curious if NLLC will work for your family or don’t want to commit to a full membership? We have options for you! You can participate in NLLC programs without becoming a member in two ways:

  • CLUBS! Choose as many of our clubs listed below. Clubs have a per family fee of $2 per class meeting that is given to the instructor either at each club meeting or at the first meeting as a lump sum for the entire session.
  • ONE-CLASS OPTION! For each child, you may choose ONE class from the list below. For each child, the fee is $50 for the session. Please note that any class that is listed as YEAR-LONG requires a commitment for all three trimesters and an up-front payment of the One-Class Option Fee for all three trimesters. There may be an additional fee for supplies or for an outside instructor, read the description of the class to find out.

Programs will run weekly unless otherwise indicated. Check the dates carefully, as the length and starting dates of programs vary. Please read the requirements (age range & prerequisites) for the class. Most of the classes have a limit on the number of students and we will let you know as soon as possible if you get into the class.

After choosing a class or club(s) below, please email one of our Enrollment Coordinators at enrollment@nllchs.org with your name and email, your child’s name and age, and the class or clubs you are interested in.  They will then send you a form to fill out and return with your check. We will reserve your child’s spot in the class once you email us, but the spot is not guaranteed until your form and payment are received.  Payment and form must be received by March 31st.


Spring Session Start: April 3rd

Spring Session End:   May 26th

 

CLUBS:

 

Field Trips

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/03/2017 until 05/22/2017 from 03:45 PM to 04:45 PM

Location:
off-site

Description:
I would like to plan a series of field trips in the Ithaca area, focusing on entrepeneurship and the goods and services offered by small businesses.

Children Requirements:
I would like for this to be open to all ages, but I would like for it to be an experience that the older kids can get a lot out of. People, young or old, should be respectful of the hosts and not goof off.

One Session?: I will need a head count for each particular field trip in order for the hosts to plan accordingly.

Suggested Preparation:
You might want to think of some questions ahead of time related to each place we go.

Min Students: no  Max Students: no

Basketball Club – 8+

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/05/2017 until 05/24/2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Location:
Gym

Description:
In the basketball class children will learn basic basketball skills, drills, teamwork and play informal games against each other.

Children Requirements:
8 and up. Kids outside of the age range are likely to be too small physically to play safely with the older, larger kids. This activity is open to non-members.

One Session?: Weekly attendance is expected.

Materials Fee: Club fee: $2 for non-members.

Materials Needed:
Basketball. Non-marking sneakers. Athletic attire.

Support Needs:
None.

Min Students: 8  Max Students: 16

WORD GAMES CLUB (~8 & up)

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 05/15/2017 until 05/22/2017 from 02:15 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
Large Lounge

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/03/2017 until 05/01/2017 from 02:15 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
Large Lounge

Description:
Loose continuation of previous Word Games. Active games, quiet games, individual puzzles, group challenges, and more. Anything & everything from charades to bananagrams to scrabble…and lots more! In honor of National Poetry month in April, we’ll be sure to include some rhyming games!

Children Requirements:
~8+, mainly need to be able to read independently, but could be an emerging reader if a parent directly assists as needed

One Session?: Attendance if flexible, though we will occasionally build on previous material

Materials Fee: A few dollars/student for copies

Materials Needed:
Must always bring paper (notebook or scrap paper) and a couple pens/pencils

Support Needs:
Depending on group size & abilities, may need some parental assistance especially when we break out into small groups.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: ~12

Minecraft Club

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/07/2017 until 05/26/2017 from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Come build a minecraft world with us! We work together using “creative” not “survival” mode and will be focused on building a supportive, non-competitive community.

Children Requirements:
All ages

Materials Needed:
Participants must bring a laptop equipped with Minecraft Computer Edition.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

CLUB Spring Awakening!

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/03/2017 until 05/26/2017 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
off-site

Description:
This is a club to explore the wonders of spring time in Ithaca in the various gorgeous natural sites around town. Each week, we will meet at a new location and spend time outside together to explore various aspects of nature including identifying plants, searching for signs of animal life, exploring streams, and observing the migratory patterns of birds. If there is a bad weather day, we can meet at the library to explore books of various local plant and animal life to help us better understand our local environment before our next outdoor excursion. Plans will also be made for an organized trip up to the Lab of Ornithology at some point during the session. We will plan to bring along binoculars, field guides as well as journals in case anyone wants to sketch or write down their observations.

Children Requirements:
All ages

One Session?: Attendance open and flexible

Materials Fee: N/A

Materials Needed:
N/A

Suggested Preparation:
N/A

Support Needs:
N/A

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 25

Big Dig continues

Schedule:
On Saturday, 04/08/2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Location:
off-site – Actual times scheduled with leader

Description:
For the last two years the Ithaca Community Gardens have donated a plot for the use of Northern Light families. A lot of hard work has been put into making the soil healthy and shaping the beds. Some raspberry and strawberry plants have been put in to be there every year, and we have successfully grown watermelons, pumpkins, sunflowers, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, peas, and beans, among other things. It would be great to keep this plot going in the hands of this organization for many years to come, and it has been a nice way to plug into the greater community. Those who participate will be learning together, teaching each other, working together, and helping one another.

Children Requirements:
all ages, including parents

One Session?: Attendance and participation will be flexible, but the success of the garden will rely on some commitment of the group as a whole.

Materials Needed:
Gloves, boots, and water bottles all come in handy.

Suggested Preparation:
No gardening experience or knowledge is required, but any bits of experience and knowledge would be helpful. If there is something in particular you would like to grow it might be a good idea to study that plant a bit.

Min Students: no  Max Students: no

 

CLASSES:

 

Basic Bike Maintenance and Repair

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 05/09/2017 until 05/16/2017 from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Location:
Playground

Description:
This will be a hands-on workshop to learn basic bike maintenance and repair skills, from fixing a flat tire to making basic adjustments to safety inspections.

Children Requirements:
9+ (*might* consider younger) participants must be able to stay reasonably focused for an hour, ideally have their own bike, and have a genuine interest in learning these skills. If the parent or guardian thinks it would be a good idea for the participant to learn these skills, but the participant has no interest, the workshop will not be useful. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

One Session?: Commitment–genuinely wanting to learn these skills.

Materials Fee: none

Materials Needed:
Bicycle, bicycle helmet, any tubes that s/he would like to patch.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 15

Model Rocketry Workshop: Build & Launch – 8+

Schedule:
BUILD: On Friday, 05/05/2017 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM &
On Friday, 05/12/2017 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM

LAUNCH: On Saturday, 05/20/2017 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
A (for BUILD); Off-site for LAUNCH

Description:
Build and your own rocket! We’ll spend a little bit of time on the dynamics of flight, but we will spend most of our time building our rocket kits. This class will meet two times to build and decorate our rockets. Sign up separately for the launch day event to launch them together. Younger participants can be successful but will need parental assistance. Experienced rocketeers are welcome as well. This class includes a model rocket launch day. You bring your rocket and engine(s) and with enough people we will have a recovery team to help you get your rocket when it returns from the sky. Membership in the National Association of Rocketry is not required, but it is suggested if you think you’ll keep at the hobby.

Let’s launch some rockets! We’ll spend a little bit of time on the dynamics of flight, but mostly we’ll enjoy launching rockets. Launch pad and launch controller will be provided to permit the safe launching of reusable model rockets. You bring your rocket and engine(s) and with enough people we will have a recovery team to help you get your rocket when it returns from the sky. Membership in the National Association of Rocketry is not required, but it is suggested if you think you’ll keep at the hobby. Note: Most rockets come back, some don’t, so be prepared for the possibility of wind carrying off your rocket to an unrecoverable place, or seeing your rocket dangling high in a tree. Spectators welcome. We have some spare rockets for launching, but priority will go to those who brought their own rockets.

Children Requirements:
Ages 8+, must be able to listen to direction, with patience; should be willing to assist in rocket recovery; must be willing to have fun. Adults welcome to build as well. This activity is open to non-members.

One Session?: In order to finish your rocket(s) in time for the launch it will likely require attending both sessions. It is possible to complete the rockets at home, outside of the building sessions.

Materials Fee: Participants will supply their own reusable (Estes, or Quest brands, or similar) model rocket kit(s) and engine(s). Estimated cost: rockets are typically $10-30, engines (3-pack) $10-15.

For Launch:  Materials Fee: $1 for Park donation, members, $3 non-members, park donation and NLLC fee.

Materials Needed:
pencil, ruler, masking tape, wood glue, rocket kit, box large enough to transport your rocket safely.

Suggested Preparation:
Check out some web sites about model rockets, www.nar.org, www.estesrockets.com, or ask me!

Support Needs:
A co-leader with model building experience, and who is not building a rocket is welcome.  Parental help maintaining a safety zone and prepping for launches is welcome.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

 Stage Combat (10+)

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/07/2017 until 05/26/2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Location:
Gym

Description:
Theatrical combat is about telling stories. Story-telling is not only a natural part of children’s lives, but an important part of mental development, and stage combat is the art of telling (highly physical) stories through motion, a hybrid of multiple martial and performance arts. The core of our martial techniques are drawn from historical swordplay, Eastern and Western unarmed martial arts, and Olympic-style fencing. We draw on aspects of mime, gymnastics and dance to help us express these stories through our bodies. No experience necessary other than a desire to learn swordplay in a safe, non-competitive environment. Classes consist of dynamic warm-ups, footwork, and sword exercises that progress at the level of the student. Year-long with OPEN enrollment.

Children Requirements:
10 and up only. Do not sign up for this class if you cannot get your child(ren) to it on time, meaning that your child(ren) should be in the gym a few minutes before start of class time. The instructors will start class promptly at noon. Children who miss the stretching and warmup at the beginning of class will not be allowed to participate and will have to skip that week’s class. I am serious about tardiness. If you have questions about this, feel free to contact me privately.

One Session?: Participants should plan to attend each week as skills build on previous lessons. Notify Kristie if you will miss a class.

Materials Fee: Instructor fee ranging from $66.67 to $33.33 per student depending on enrollment. (Six kids = $66.67 per kid; ten kids = $40 per kid; 12 kids = $33.33 per kid).

Materials Needed:
Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate to movement. Long hair must be pulled back. Bring a water bottle. Practice swords (bokken) will be supplied by the leaders; if kids would like to purchase their own, they are $30-35 (depending on size; appropriate size is determined by height).

Suggested Preparation:
Watch some stage or movie swordfights!

Support Needs:
none

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 12

World Geography, Part III Asia and Oceania

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/12/2017 until 05/31/2017 from 12:30 PM to 01:45 PM

Location:
B

Description:
This is a year-long class with open enrollment for each new term. If you signed up in the fall, you still need to sign up again. This spring we will study Asia and Oceania. Geography comes in many forms, and we will be be focusing on PHYSICAL geography with enough human geography and biological geography to keep it interesting and meaningful. Each week the kids will have a short research project on one country. They should be prepared to share this information each week, and depending on class size, they may do a short presentation. We will cover 7-8 countries each class, and there will be list of geographic features, cities, rivers, etc. to memorize for a quiz at the beginning of the next class. To get the most out of the class, students should plan on spending 1-2 hours on memorizing and research each week outside of class. I won’t “grade” or probably even look at the quizzes, it is designed to help the students gauge their own mastery of the material. The class time itself will be mostly a virtual tour of the area we’re studying, with kids adding information from research. It should not be noisy or disruptive to adjoining rooms.

Children Requirements:
The class is geared toward middle school aged kids, but anyone 8 or older is welcome if you judge that they are capable of not being disruptive during class and memorizing a lot of information.

One Session?: Material is cumulative. Please notify me if you will not be there and I will get you the weekly assignment and maps.

Materials Fee: $3.00 copying fee

Materials Needed:
3 ring binder, notebook and pencil

Suggested Preparation:
A second parent should be in the room, or least on the other side of an open door.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 203

Earth Science for 8-11 year olds

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/03/2017 until 05/22/2017 from 12:30 PM to 01:45 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This will be a year-long Earth Science class LOOSELY based on the Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding Curriculum and an online resource that can be found here http://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Earth-Science-For-Middle-School/. We’ll cover the first 24 topics listed here over the three, 8-week sessions. (The last term we’ll cover: Plate Techtonics, Volcanic Activity, Earthquakes, Mountain Building, Fossils and the Rock Record, The Precambrian Earth, Geological Time and one unit on the solar system. This will be targeting at an “middle to upper elementary” audience, for lack of a better gauge. I hope to make it very hands on, with lots of modeling with lots of in-class experiments. Your student should be able to work together with others in a group without adult intervention, and take notes in and record data from experiments. There will be occasional work to complete outside of class and an end-of the session final project. We will take a tour to the Earthquake simulation lab at Cornell as part of the class when we get to that topic. This will probably happen outside of class time.

Children Requirements:
I will take students OVER the given age range that were not able to take the Earth Science class last year first. I am pretty firm about 8 being the minimum age but will consider 7 year olds on a case by case basis. If your 7 year old is comfortable reading and following instructions on their own (ie without you in the room) and fluent in reading scientific names, I will consider them.

One Session?: The material is cumulative, so please notify the instructor if you will not be able to make a class, or decide not to continue after fall or winter terms.

Materials Needed:
paper and notebook

Suggested Preparation:
We use the textbook called “Earth Science: Geology, the Environment and the Universe,” published by Glencoe and National Geographic

Support Needs:
Must have a second adult in the room. Help with clean-up is always appreciated.

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 12

Ceridwen’s Cauldron

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/03/2017 until 05/22/2017 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM

Location:
B

Description:
This is a class focused on song, storytelling and poetry. We will begin with a Welsh myth in which the wise woman Ceridwen turns herself into a variety of animals, ultimately giving birth to the magical bard Taliesin. We will sing songs from a variety of cultures and will listen to and act out stories from around the world. We will visit the well at the end of the world and the magical forest-queen Dame Ragnell. We will also hear poems and write some of our own, practicing “full body poetry” through music and dance.

Children Requirements:
This class is intended to be playful in nature; students do not need to know how to write. Some parent involvement (especially with writing) might be helpful but is not required; younger siblings are welcome.

One Session?: Attendance is flexible; no work will be required between meetings.

Materials Fee: None

Materials Needed:
None

Suggested Preparation:
None

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

Knitting Explorations

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/07/2017 until 05/26/2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:
B

Description:
This is a continuation of our winter session beginners knitting class, but new participants are very welcome (open enrollment). The class structure and knitting projects will vary and will be based on the skill level and interest of the students. Knitting projects offered will include animals, gnomes, socks or hats. Individualized instruction will be provided on an on-going basis throughout class time as needed. The atmosphere will be relaxed and allowing for non-disruptive, friendly conversation. Students will be able to bring work home to continue working on it once they are more confident.

Children Requirements:
This class is most appropriate for children ages 7 and up, who can sit at one task for an hour and have the dexterity needed for knitting. Some sewing will also be involved. Parental presence is welcome but not required. Siblings are welcome in room as long as they do not disrupt the class.

One Session?: Students should try to attend each session if possible, and do work between classes if able. Notification if missing or dropping class is appreciated.

Materials Fee: $8, $4 if providing own yarn

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 10

Story of the World Cooperative: Ancient Times (6-9)

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/03/2017 for 9 times from 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Location:
B

Description:
***THIS IS A YEAR-LONG CLASS, NEW STUDENTS WELCOME UNTIL OUR MAX ENROLLMENT IS REACHED. ENROLLMENT FOR THIS CLASS IS BY FAMILY, NOT BY CHILD.*** PLEASE read this proposal in full and carefully. If you think this book/class isn’t a match for your family, please do not sign up. Susan Wise Bauer’s “The Story of the World” is a history curriculum that is divided into four books and lends itself to a four-year cycle at NLLC. This year we will be finishing Volume 1: Ancient Times, which introduces us to the earliest nomads and goes through the last Roman Emperor. Please ask to borrow a book or review the curriculum online to be sure it suits your family before signing up. Please note, if you did not take this class in the Fall, you will need to catch up to us (see “Suggested Reading” section). One to three chapters of the book will be read at home each week. In class, we will utilize various methods for extending the learning from the book that include: lecture (starting out with 20 minutes and gradually increasing over the years), discussion, video, additional reading materials, craft activities, art projects, dramatic play, reenactment, costuming, map work, and food. As a class, we will work on maps and a timeline of events each week. This will be a somewhat structured class. Younger siblings are welcome to listen in, but cannot be distracting and will not be included in the activities unless the leader agrees ahead of time. This will be a cooperatively taught class, meaning that if your family signs up, you will be required to contribute to the class in a significant way. The most likely way is to prepare for and lead 1-2 class meetings per session which will include discussion, activity, and snack (number of times depends on number of families and snack weeks can alternate from teaching weeks). If you are not willing to lead 1-2 class meetings, please do not enroll. A reading/class schedule will be created by the leader. Class teaching expectations will be agreed upon and distributed before the first class meeting.

Children Requirements:
New students must be between ages 6-9. Must be willing to catch up to where the class is by reading missed chapters at home. Ability to sit still and listen attentively for 20-30 minutes at a time will be necessary.

One Session?: Plan to attend each week. If you will be absent, please let the (co-)leaders and that week’s class leader know. There WILL be work between classes that includes reading the chapters and any additional work class leaders may request (requests to be made a week in advance and kept to a level that matches the students’ abilities). PLEASE BE ON TIME.

Materials Fee: Each family will be responsible for any fees associated with the activities of the classes they are leading and the snacks they are providing (a good estimate is about $10 or less per each of these).

Materials Needed:
You will need your own copy of Susan Wise Bauer’s “The Story of the World, Volume 1: Ancient Times.” The book or audiobook are fine. No need to bring to class. Each child should also plan to bring each week a cup, spoon/fork, bowl/plate for snack as well as their MAP BOOK.

Suggested Preparation:
If you did not take this class in the Fall or Spring, please catch up to us with the following 1: perusing documentaries or books about pre-history (human evolution to the first nomads); 2: reading the following chapters of volume 1: Introduction through roughly Chapter 33 (email leader for actual reading list and order).

Support Needs:
We will need assistance of some parents in the classroom during activities and snack. However, all parents do not need to be in the classroom and each week’s class leader has the right to ask parents to step out. Side conversations by parents and siblings will not be allowed during the class.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

Ideas Lab! (Tuesday)

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 04/04/2017 until 06/06/2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Ideas Lab is a child-led learning space, where children collectively (as well as individually) pursue in-depth projects that interest them. Two mornings a week (Tuesday and Friday morning from 10am to noon) we set up one of the classrooms at Northern Light Learning Center as a project studio for kids. With time together and access to a variety of materials, kids explore their projects through art, building, field trips, writing, play, discussion, etc. This is intended to be a child led style class, with assistance from parent teachers to help children identify and work collaboratively on group projects, as well as provide materials as needed. Many of the children in the class meet on the playground before class and stay for lunch after class, which makes for a nice block of time together twice a week. Playground time starts around 9:20am – 10am. We have found this an essential element to the class. The kids come in ready to dive into their work after a good chunk of open play on the playground. This class meets for 10 weeks. During the first two or three weeks of class, we will explore materials and project ideas. This is a time for introducing studio supplies (e.g. paint, clay, collage materials, fabric, paper mache, microscopes, recycled materials, etc) and for exploring various topics that might lead to a larger group project. We will then work with students to identify one or two projects of interest to the group as a whole. For example, during the past two sessions students explored planes, aerodynamics of flight, dream houses, insects, pioneers, shops and industry, and jungle habitats. The goal is to “dive deep” into the selected topic(s) collectively over the remaining seven weeks of the class.

Children Requirements:
Ages 4-8, younger siblings ok but must pay additional supply fee

One Session?: Attendance is flexible but consistent attendance really helps kids dive deeper into their projects, please let us know if you will be absent

Materials Fee: $5 per student/sibling

Materials Needed:
Sketchbook/notebook

Suggested Preparation:
Parents might want to read Project Based Homeschooling or read this website http://project-based-homeschooling.com/what-is-pbh-project-based-homeschooling

Support Needs:
We need set up and clean up help!

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 12

Ideas Lab! (Friday)

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/07/2017 until 06/02/2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Ideas Lab is a child-led learning space, where children collectively (as well as individually) pursue in-depth projects that interest them. Two mornings a week (Tuesday and Friday morning from 10am to noon) we set up one of the classrooms at Northern Light Learning Center as a project studio for kids. With time together and access to a variety of materials, kids explore their projects through art, building, field trips, writing, play, discussion, etc. This is intended to be a child led style class, with assistance from parent teachers to help children identify and work collaboratively on group projects, as well as provide materials as needed. Many of the children in the class meet on the playground before class and stay for lunch after class, which makes for a nice block of time together twice a week. Playground time starts around 9:20am – 10am. We have found this an essential element to the class. The kids come in ready to dive into their work after a good chunk of open play on the playground. This class meets for 10 weeks. During the first two or three weeks of class, we will explore materials and project ideas. This is a time for introducing studio supplies (e.g. paint, clay, collage materials, fabric, paper mache, microscopes, recycled materials, etc) and for exploring various topics that might lead to a larger group project. We will then work with students to identify one or two projects of interest to the group as a whole. For example, during the past two sessions students explored planes, aerodynamics of flight, dream houses, insects, pioneers, shops and industry, and jungle habitats. The goal is to “dive deep” into the selected topic(s) collectively over the remaining seven weeks of the class.

Children Requirements:
Ages 4-8, Siblings younger than 4 enroll but can attend, must pay additional class fee.

One Session?: Attendance is flexible but consistent attendance really helps kids dive deeper into their projects, please let us know if you will be absent

Materials Fee: $5 per student/sibling

Materials Needed:
Sketchbook/journal

Suggested Preparation:
Parents might want to read Project Based Homeschooling or read this website http://project-based-homeschooling.com/what-is-pbh-project-based-homeschooling

Support Needs:
Help with clean up and set up!

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 12

Capoeira – 7+

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/03/2017 until 05/22/2017 from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM

Location:
Gym

Description:
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian, dance-based martial art that is played as a game. Both beginners and those with experience will learn or refine many basic capoeira moves, and put them together as they play with each other in the roda. Kids gain strength, flexibility, and confidence. Capoeira has a huge cultural component, and your capoeristas will learn the Portuguese names for the moves, as well as songs (music is an integral part of the capoeira experience). Even if you aren’t interested in the class, look up some capoeira videos on youtube if you’ve never seen it played; it’s very cool!

Children Requirements:
7 and up. Those new to capoeira are very welcome to join us; Ramadan is quite adept at working with both beginners and more advanced kids within the same class. Kids must be willing to listen when necessary, try new things, and work hard! Adults may participate with their participating child if there is still space in the class after the kids have enrolled and the focus remains on the kids. This activity is open to non-members.

One Session?: Please be on time, and plan to come to every class. If you must be absent, please notify Thompson prior to class. Kids should plan to practice their moves at home.

Materials Fee: Depending on enrollment, the 8-week session will be $37.50 to $100 per participant.

Materials Needed:
Wear clothing that can accommodate a range of movement, including upside-down movement! (No jeans, skirts/dresses, nothing very baggy, etc.) The gym can get quite cold once long weather returns, so layers are good. Long hair should be tied back. Please have your child bring water.

Suggested Preparation:
Check out capoeira on YouTube if you are new to it.

Support Needs:
None.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 16

Irish Tin Whistle for Beginners – 6+

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/08/2017 until 05/27/2017 from 1:00PM to 1:30PM

Location:
B

Description:
Learn how to play this fun, deceptively simple, and inexpensive musical instrument. You’ll learn how to play a repetoire of traditional Irish tunes by ear on the D whistle. Mastering this instrument opens the opportunity to join in playing in community-based, Irish sessions.

Children Requirements:
6 and up. Kids need a decent hand-size to play the whistle we use. This activity is open to non-members.

One Session?: Weekly attendance to build the skill. Participants will need to practice in between lessons, daily if possible, and listen to the tune they are learning. A teaching CD will be provided or music file emailed.

Materials Fee: Participants will need to purchase a D tin whistle. These are easily available at Hickeys. We will send an email after enrollment to give some purchasing recommendations.

Materials Needed:
Tin whistle.

Suggested Preparation:
Listen to Irish tunes on CDs, the session.org or YouTube. WSKG’s weekly Thistle & Shamrock on Sunday is good to listen to as well.

Support Needs:
Parents are asked to encourage their kids to practice at home and help the kids have access to listening to the music that is being studied.

Min Students: 2  Max Students: 10

The West

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/05/2017 until 05/24/2017 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
B

Description:
In this intensive film seminar & history simulation, students will take on the identities of settlers heading West by wagon train, purchasing supplies, loading their wagons and embarking on the six-month journey across the country. They will grapple with all the challenges that faced pioneers on their journeys: weather related emergency, disease, getting lost, losing supplies, and inevitable conflicts with the native peoples already living on this land. As small groups reliant on each other for survival, they will have to pool their resources and skills, discuss on-the-trail issues, make tough decisions, and help each other reach the West, if they can. We will view excerpts of the wonderful, award-winning PBS documentary “The West”, and will focus on the clash of cultures, philosophies, faiths and ideals that characterized this much-idealized time in our country’s history, as well as the grit and determination that saw many pioneers to new homes in the Western territory of the U.S. Students will be asked to consider multiple points of view in exploring the conflicting mythology of the West ~ the prejudice, oppression and exploitation that occurred, vs the feats of invention, discovery and courage that all form part of this story. The class will be a combination of film viewing, discussion, debates, essay questions, role-playing in response to life on the trail, cooperative group work and journaling about the day’s journey. We will present a dramatized reading of excerpted journal entries detailing our learning, and our journey West, at the Spring Showcase.

Children Requirements:
This is a middle school level class. I will take students 10 & up who are: 1. interested in learning about this time in history, 2. able to sustain focus and respectful participation for a 1 1/2 hour class 3. willing to put in the work (written, discussion based, and collaborative groupwork) required to both explore the subject and help their wagon team succeed, and 4. Mature enough to handle the sometimes dark themes of the documentary. “The West”, while not graphically dramatized, doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to presenting the tragedies wrought by greed and cruelty and I personally never make it through a viewing without tearing up. If you are unsure, read about it and watch a few excerpts before enrolling. And if you have a nine year old who you think fits the requirements, I will consider by request

One Session?: Attendance each week is very important for both the documentary and the cooperative group work. Please be on time to class as we will start with the film viewing and arriving late may be disruptive. Please let me know in advance if your child can not attend. Each week’s homework will include a couple extended response questions (anywhere from 1-3 paragraphs, depending on where your child is developmentally with writing) based on student’s viewing of the film, AND a descriptive journal entry written from the perspective of their pioneer persona on a wagon train journey west, detailing challenges faced and reflections and feelings about the experiences of the day.

Materials Needed:
notebook for note-taking, pencil/pen, folder for question handouts, and journal which will be provided on the first day of class

Support Needs:
Sign up to fill 2nd parent in the room requirement, will send a google document closer to the session, And, as always, dramatic roles available upon request 🙂

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 16

Mathematical Meanderings – 11+

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/03/2017 until 05/22/2017 from 01:45 PM to 03:15 PM

Location:
B

Description:
Join us for some fun and intriguing Mathematical explorations of some of the key, universal patterns, like ‘phi,’ Latin Squares, Fibonacci numbers, prime patterns. We’ll use the coloring and creation book Patterns of the Universe as our general guide and source for activities. We will kick off the class with a book discussion of Flatland (which you will read in advance). We will color, watch relevant videos, have short lectures, explanations, presentations, and discussions. We will take some concepts and projects off the page, like making crazy dice, do some geometric origami, work with knots. One homework assignment will involve making an apple tart for your family! We’ll learn about interesting geometric forms like dodecahedron and rhombicosidodecahedron. We will have a class blog and we will ask each participant to make at least one post to it about a topic related to specific class content or something related. This blog will be a place to share insights, examples, creations, and invite others, family and friends, into our learning journey. Participants will have one special/final project to share with group at our showcase. This could be knitting a Fibonacci scarf, making a Latin Square quilt, photography, painting, … We are not likely to do any actual calculating in this class. This is about learning interesting things, making discoveries and connections, and appreciating the beauty of Math.

Children Requirements:
11 and up. Younger with permission. This activity is open to non-members.

One Session?: Please come weekly (let us know in advance about absences), do the homewark and other assignments.

Materials Fee: TBD

Materials Needed:
A copy of Patterns of the Universe, colored pencils/markers (nice quality or use NLLC supplies), and a journal for sketching, notes, and observations.

Suggested Preparation:
Participants will read Flatland in advance for the first class.

Support Needs:
We welcome any parents or youth to collaborate on our subject matter and help direct the learning adventure.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 12

Aerodynamic Arithmetic

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/07/2017 until 05/26/2017 from 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM

Location:
Gym

Description:
This class is based on a book which explores science and math through fun aerodynamic activities. Each day we will construct a simple (usually paper) flying machine and test it’s flight. planes, helicopters, rocket balloons, kites. Participants will be expected to create their device and then accurately measure and record it’s flight. Some days we will do some calculations to gauge rate of fall or height etc. The main objective of this class is to A- have fun B- gain a firm understanding of the scientific method

Children Requirements:
6-11. Would be great if the kids involved are motivated to be there.

One Session?: let me know if you are not going to make it

Materials Fee: 5 for building materials. Any unused funds will be returned at the end of class

Materials Needed:
Enthusiasm

Support Needs:
if your child has a hard time recording data I might be able to assist them, but you might want to stay on hand

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 10