Spring 2016

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Spring 2016 Program Listings

Lord of the Rings Book Club Pt. III (10+)

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/08/2016 until 05/27/2016 from 01:45 PM to 03:15 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This will be a literary discussion and writing class based around the third section of the Lord of the Rings — The Return of the King. We’ll discuss all aspects of the book as we read (or re-read) it as a group. We’ll follow our discussion with a weekly writing workshop, where the kids will read aloud and offer feedback on writing assignments, which will be worked on at home from prompts given in class. We’ll wrap up with a Return of the King-themed party for our last class.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Kristie Snyder

Leader Bio:
I live in a house full of Tolkien geeks; once upon a time I went to college and got an English degree; my day job is fixing other people’s writing.

 

Children Requirements:
10+. If your kiddo is under 10, please email me (unless they participated in parts 1 and 2, in which case they already have permission for Pt. 3). Kids must have already read (or listened to) “The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Two Towers” and must be willing to read or listen to “The Return of the King” in its entirety. Watching the movie will not suffice, awesome as it is. We may discuss some fairly mature stuff (war, death, good vs. evil, doing what’s right vs. what’s easy, etc.) in accordance with the themes of the book. Kids needn’t be at a reading level to read the book themselves, listening is fine (this is a commitment on the parental side! Audiobook version will work, too!). Kids should be fairly facile writers — able to get their ideas out on the page easily. I’m not worried about matters like spelling and punctuation, as long as it makes sense enough for them to read it aloud. Ability to participate in respectful discussion is essential. A *passion* for the book is helpful, but not required.

One Session?: Plan to attend each week; please notify me if you will need to miss. The reading schedule will need to be kept up if you miss a class. Tardiness is a major pet peeve of mine — I start classes on time, and if you will be more than ten minutes late, it is better not to come. There will be home reading and writing assignments.

Materials Fee: Families will need to contribute a dish-to-pass for final class.

Materials Needed:
A copy of “The Return of the King” (paperbacks almost always available at Autumn Leaves for $3-4), a writing notebook, and writing implement. Final party day will require costuming preparation.

Suggested Preparation:
Those who haven’t read or listened to “The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Two Towers” in their entirety should do so before this class begins. Those who haven’t read or listened to “The Return of the King” (or done so recently) will be asked to read it on a set schedule over the course of the session. I will send out a reading schedule prior to the first class. Even for those who have read it before, re-reading will be valuable. And again — watching the movie does not equal reading the book.

Support Needs:
None, though I always appreciate parents checking in and making sure kiddos are staying on track. Siblings too young to participate will need to be entertained outside of class but are welcome to join for the final class party.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 11

 

Lego Trade Day

Schedule:
On Tuesday, 04/26/2016 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location:
B

Description:
Bring Lego pieces to trade with other Lego fans. That’s it. (I would like to open this to non-members as well, for the requisite $2 club meeting fee.)

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Birch Robertson

Leader Bio:
Lego fanatic.

 

Children Requirements:
No age range, but kids must be old enough to successfully negotiate their own trades. I expect the kids will work out their own trading criteria, whether that be monetary value, volume, awesomeness, or something else entirely.

One Session?: one time meeting

Materials Fee: none

Materials Needed:
Bring Lego pieces.

Support Needs:
Parents of littles please hang around to ensure all is well with your offspring, parents of bigs not needed. 🙂

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 25

 

Domino Club

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/04/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM

Location:
Gym

Description:
Samuel will host a domino building creativity session. He’ll bring his 10,000 dominoes each week. The only rules are that you are respectful of others’ creations, which means absolutely NO horseplay or running in the gym. You can work together to create a continuous run with other people or you can do your own thing!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Samuel Smith (Kristen Brennan)

Leader Bio:
Samuel has been making domino art since he was 3 and wants to share the fun others.

 

Children Requirements:
Kids under 6 should be accompanied by an adult at all times and carefully supervised..

One Session?: come when you can

Materials Fee: no fee

Support Needs:
I need a second parent to supervise in the gym per NLLC’s supervision policy.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 30

 

Darn that Math!

Days and Times:
M = 9-3pm, T = 9-1:30, W = 12 -4, Friday 9-2:30 (it would be nice NOT to schedule it opposite People’s History)

Start Date:4/4/2016

End Date:5/27/2016

Program Time: one hour (with fifteen minutes set-up time)

Sessions: 8

Location Requirements:

Description:
This is for kids who know their multiplication tables and division and need to work on multiplying large numbers and doing long division. We’ll make it fun by making it applicable to real life situations and using lots of manipulatives. At the end of the session we’ll introduce some basic algebra concepts. I want to make the tedious processes fun!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Kristen Brennan

 

Children Requirements:
This is geared for kids in the “upper elementary” level math range. I’m sure there will be a wide range of kids, as long as your kids are comfortable with multiplication tables, have them join us.

One Session?: please notify me by email or phone if you won’t be attending due to illness or travel.

Materials Needed:
paper and pencil

Support Needs:
a second parent in the room per NLLC’s supervision policy

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 15

 

People’s History of the United States

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/06/2016 until 06/01/2016 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
B

Description:
**YEAR-LONG CLASS** A reminder to those enrolled in YPHUS: You should select this class again for enrollment this time around. You have already committed to being in the class the full year, but it makes it easier on the Enrollment Coordinators. When you rank it, you MUST rank it with the same number you ranked it to get in. For example, if you gave it your 2 in the fall, it will retain your 2 for the rest of the year. If you don’t know what you ranked it last session, please check with Enrollment to keep them from having to look it up during the actual enrollment period.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Gina Varrichio, Glen Robertson

 

Min Students:   Max Students:

 

Geography of the Western Hemisphere (7 and up)

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 04/05/2016 until 05/24/2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM

Location:
B

Description:
Turn off your GPS and come get lost with us! I want to teach a class about the geography of countries in the western hemisphere other than the US (I’ll probably continue this with two or three more classes next year.) We’ll do lots of map reading and map theory — How do we create maps? Who decides what gets put on a map? How are maps biased? –, political geography, physical geography and cultural geography. I plan to divide the eight classes into week 1) Introduction to geography as a discipline and the hemisphere as a whole 2)Canada, 3)Mexico, 4)Central America, 5)the Caribbean, 6)Brazil, 7)Argentina and Uruguay, Peru and Chile 8)Northern South America Each child will work on their own report and map-making project over the course of the eight week session so there will be homework every week. In addition to the report, kids should be prepared to do weekly memorization of city, river, and landmark names as homework. I may give a short weekly quiz to give kids motivation to memorize, but if your child doesn’t want to do any testing, that’s fine too. I hope to take a field trip to the Olin Map library (either at a time agreed upon by all families or the week following the end of the session). I am open to kids of all ages and abilities. I guarantee you that older students will not be bored, and I am open to giving the older kids more advanced out-of class readings, more challenging assignments etc. I always prepare the classes in such a way that I have to teach myself a lot in order to teach the kids, so we’ll make it a good learning experience for kids of all ages (7 and over).

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Kristen Brennan

Leader Bio:
I want my kids to be able to find their way around the world someday! Knowing what amazing things there are to go looking for is the first step….

 

Children Requirements:
Kids should be able to read and write fluently, listen to the teacher and each other without interrupting, and be willing to work independently on a semester-long project outside of class.

One Session?: Attendance is not mandatory, although concepts will be cumulative. Please contact me in advance by phone or email if you plan to to miss a class for illness or travel.

Materials Needed:
pen and paper for taking notes

Support Needs:
I will need the projector every week

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 30

 

Intro to Massage

Days and Times:
W 11:30-2:45 F 9:30-2:45 (Not conflicting with LOTR club)

Start Date:4/6/2016

End Date:5/27/16

Program Time: 1.25-1.5 (I’m flexible)

Sessions: 7 (not spring break week)

Location Requirements:
At NLLC

Description:
Come explore the wonders of the human body! Through learning the art of massage, we will dive into anatomy and physiology, the ways the body works and moves and will learn and practice a wonderful form of care. Each class we will explore a different area of the body, talking about layers, muscles, bones and more. We will incorporate lecture, movement and activities, while ending each class with a massage demo and trade. All massage will be clothed and trades will be between students and someone from their immediate family (optional part of class…see age requirement). I really look forward to this body adventure with you 🙂

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Julia Thompson

Leader Bio:
I LOVE teaching about our amazing bodies and massage…some of my favorite things 🙂 I have been a licensed massage therapist and a massage instructor at the Finger Lakes School of Massage for the past 15 years. I will be bringing some of the methods we use at FLSM, into our NLLC classroom…incorporating the various learning styles (auditory, kinesthetic and visual) into our work of the day.

 

Children Requirements:
7 and up. This class will accommodate learners in this full range, exploring fun body science and learning massage is good for all ages 🙂 I will have assignments and materials for students who would like to dive deeper as we go. One consideration for this class is that for massage practice time I can only have the students working with someone in their immediate family (that could be a sibling or parent). This will be at the end of class, and if the student doesn’t have someone for the day they can do self care or observation if they stay.

One Session?: The first class will set the framework for the classes and there will be some building week to week (different areas of the body and techniques each week)

Materials Fee: $5 per kid

Materials Needed:
Every week a folder and pen/pencil. Occasionally will have everyone bring a yoga mat,

Min Students: 5 kids  Max Students: 12 kids

 

Earth Science

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/06/2016 for 9 times from 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Location:
B

Description:
**YEAR-LONG CLASS** A reminder to those enrolled in Earth Science: You should select this class again for enrollment this time around. You have already committed to being in the class the full year, but it makes it easier on the Enrollment Coordinators. When you rank it, you MUST rank it with the same number you ranked it to get in. For example, if you gave it your 2 in the fall, it will retain your 2 for the rest of the year. If you don’t know what you ranked it last session, please check with Enrollment to keep them from having to look it up during the actual enrollment period.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Gina Varrichio

 

Min Students:   Max Students:

 

Stage Combat (8+)

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/08/2016 until 05/27/2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Location:
Gym

Schedule:
On Friday, 06/03/2016 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.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Jennifer Wholey Lehman and Jacob Lehman (sponsor — Kristie Snyder)

Leader Bio:
Jacob Lehman has 17 years of stage combat experience for stage and film, and founded Ring of Steel: Ithaca, a stage combat and theatrical stunt troupe at Cornell University in 2003. He has trained in numerous martial arts as well, including Aikido, Kung fu, and Tai chi. Jennifer Wholey Lehman has been fighting him (safely) for almost a decade, and together they have choreographed and trained performers at Cornell, Ithaca College, in Chicago and New York.

 

Children Requirements:
8+. Please email for consideration for mature seven-year-olds on case-by-case basis.

One Session?: Participants should plan to attend each week.

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:
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). Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate to movement.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 12

 

Mural Project

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/08/2016 for 8 times from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location:
B

Description:
**ONGOING CLASS WITH CLOSED ENROLLMENT** We will continue to refine the design we created last session and prepare to paint our mural in the late spring. Our weekly meetings will also include developing a fundraising plan for some/all of our costs. In addition to the weekly meeting we will meet on a weekend day or two for spray paint practice and possibly to visit with a local mural artist.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Jessica Warner and Liz Stewart

 

Children Requirements:
This is an ongoing class… Students who were in the class in the last session must enroll in the class again this session, and use the same ranking number that they used the first time the class was offered. Enrollment is sending out those numbers for your convenience.

Materials Fee: Possibly but I hope our fundraising/grant money will cover all our materials.

Min Students:   Max Students:

 

Opening the Box

Days and Times:
afternoons on days with other classes for 9 year-olds

Start Date:

End Date:

Program Time: 2 hours + 15 min set-up.

Sessions: 8

Location Requirements:

Description:
Each week we will explore a different concept that is outside the box of mainstream American thinking. The general flow I am envisioning for the class is as follows: We will start with an introduction to a concept, followed by about 15 min of meditation/ personal contemplation time. We will then have time for personal creative expression, followed by a group philosophical discussion, and ending with another brief meditation time.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Erica Wurster

Leader Bio:
My path in life has taught me to look from many different perspectives. From this I have learned that there is never just one right way to see…that each individual’s perspective has value and is essential to the whole.

 

Children Requirements:
All are welcome…as long as you are able to be still and quiet for the meditation portions of the class.

Suggested Preparation:
If you have time, check out some ideas that are “outside the box”. One suggestion for where to to start is the “Pyramid Code” (It can be found on Netflix…maybe other places as well.)…Then see where your interests take you…

Min Students: 3  Max Students: no limit

 

Circus Culture Class

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/06/2016 until 04/20/2016 from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM

Location:
Circus Culture 116 W. Green St.

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 05/04/2016 until 05/25/2016 from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM

Location:
Circus Culture 116 W. Green St.

Description:
In this class we will explore the diversity of the circus arts and focus on developing skills and techniques. You’ll learn wire walking, trapeze, aerial fabric, basic tumbling, mini trampoline, partner and group acrobatics, juggling, hooping, and more.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Circus Culture staff – Paula Barry (liaison)

 

Children Requirements:
8 & up

Materials Fee: $130/person

Min Students: 8  Max Students: 20

 

Model Rocketry: Build and Fly

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/22/2016 until 04/29/2016 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Location:
B

Description:
Build and launch 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 three times. Twice to build and decorate our rockets and once 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. 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. Launch date is 15 May 2016, after the building sessions.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Thompson Terry (instructor welcomes an assistant, could be another parent or teen who is not building a rocket)

Leader Bio:
As the father of Liam and Blake, I have helped my boys discover model rocketry. I have been building and flying model rockets safely for many years.

 

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.

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.

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!

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 10

 

NLLC Spy Academy!

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 04/05/2016 until 05/24/2016 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Join us at the NLLC Spy Academy to work on spy skills such as code breaking, sleuthing, disguises, evidence gathering and powers of observation! We hope to go on 3 or 4 field trips to the police station, the fire station and other local spots. On the weeks that we will be at Northern Lights, we will start each class by reading a spy or mystery story, then we will work on the skill for the day, dramatic play with disguises and maybe a game. This class is play-based and geared for kids ages 5-8 but younger or older kids are welcome if they are interested. Younger siblings welcome!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Rachel Tidd and Jessica Greenberg

Leader Bio:
Moms of 2 boys that are very interested in spies!

 

Children Requirements:
This class is relaxed and playful, students can drift in and out of participation. It is geared for children ages 5-8, but others are welcome if interested!

One Session?: Please let us know if you won’t be able to make it, so that we don’t wait around.

Materials Fee: None

Materials Needed:
Please bring a small spiral notebook and a pencil for a spy notebook and any disguise or dress up your child wants to bring or wear,

Support Needs:
None

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10.

 

Market Day (2-16)

Schedule:
On Saturday, 05/21/2016 from 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Location:
Dining Room

Description:
Does your child like to make things and sell them? If so, this one-time event is for them! Market Day is an NLLC tradition! Children create useful items ranging from bookmarks and metal scuplting to jewelry and soap as well as yummy items such as smoothies, cookies, truffles, and ice cream. We come together for a one-time event for a few hours so children can sell their wares to each other, to other NLLCers, parents, and invited guests. You set the prices, but generally things are priced less than $5. In order to aid the commerce, it is recommended that each child who sells also brings $5 to spend.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Aubrie Entwood and Liz Stewart

Leader Bio:
Aubrie and Liz like to make things and so do their children! Both have participated in and led previous market days.

 

Children Requirements:
All children welcome to sell their wares. Some children have made it clear that no parents are allowed to sell! 😉

One Session?: No weekly meetings. Everyone does their own making at home. However, if there was interest in one or two work-sessions, we could think about planning those outside the scheduling process.

Materials Fee: $0

Materials Needed:
Whatever you are selling. Depending on the location, we may need people to bring in small tables to show off their wares.

Suggested Preparation:
If you would like ideas of what has been sold in the past, ask Liz or Aubrie.

Support Needs:
We will need families who are participating to help with set-up and clean-up.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 99

 

Basketball (Club)

Schedule:
On Wednesday, 04/06/2016 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.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Bob Nape,instructor; Paula Barry and Jennifer Moran sponsors

 

Children Requirements:
This class is for children ages 8 years and up. The class requires students to focus and take directions,to give the instructor their full attention, to show respect and listen when the instructor is talking. This is a casual program for children 8 years and up who already play and would like to practice and learn more.

Materials Fee: Club fee: $2 – $3

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 14

 

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

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/01/2016 until 05/27/2016 from 01:45 PM to 03:15 PM

Location:
B

Description:
This is a trial run of a potential ongoing class. 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. If the trial session goes well, I will plan to continue this next fall. Volume 1: Ancient Times introduces us to the earliest nomads and goes through the last Roman Emperor (we will only cover part of this in the Spring). Please ask to borrow a book or review the curriculum online to be sure it suits your family before signing up. One to two chapters of the book will be read at home. 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. 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). However, if someone is strongly averse to teaching, you can pair up with another parent who would be willing to teach your week and you might do two snack weeks or organize the hands-on activity. If you are not willing to lead 1-2 class meetings or find a way to pair with someone for your contribution, please do not enroll. *Please know that if no one is willing to pair with you, you will have to lead a class.* A reading/class schedule and class teaching expectations will be agreed upon and distributed before the first class meeting. The first class meeting will be a shortened class with time for parents to meet and select teaching and snack weeks. ENROLLMENT FOR THIS CLASS WILL BE BY FAMILY, NOT BY CHILD.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Aubrie (would be happy to have a co-leader: co-leaders are responsible for creating the schedule of classes, managing the class details for scheduling/enrollment, and picking up slack if not enough families sign up or someone gets sick).

Leader Bio:
Aubrie has participated in and taught classes for the last round of Story of the World. She hates it; she loves it (it being Story of the World) but thinks it is far better than the history lessons she took in school. 🙂

 

Children Requirements:
6-9. Ability to sit still and listen attentively for 20-30 minutes at a time will be necessary. Acceptions to age range might be made for mature 5-year olds who can maintain focus and are interested enough to take the class seriously, but please ask me for permission.

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. Reading the chapters and it is possible some leaders may ask for some other preparations.

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.

Suggested Preparation:
No other preparation necessary.

Support Needs:
It would be good to have a co-leader. And, we will need assistance of parents in the classroom. It is likely that we will not need ALL parents, especially those with younger children who need entertaining, to be in the classroom.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10 Families

 

WORD GAMES CLUB (~8 & up)

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/04/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM

Location:
A

Description:
If it involves words and is a game, we’ll play it! Board games, paper & pencil games, parlor games, whatever. Old classics like Boggle, Scrabble, Hangman & Charades Newer popular ones like Bananagrams & Apples to Apples. & tons in between (remember Scattergories? Taboo? Balderdash?) Some days may have a theme which might include a brief discussion, or we may learn some strategies for certain games, other days we’ll jump right in. Homework will include word searches & crosswords – 1st doing them, then trying to make our own. Parents welcome to join in!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
ej

Leader Bio:
ej loves word games & doesn’t get to play them enough 🙂

 

Children Requirements:
8 & up is probably best. If a child isn’t reading & writing independently they will need a parent to assist them.

One Session?: Flexible

Materials Fee: Probably a couple bucks/student for copies

Materials Needed:
Lined paper Scrap paper (clean on one side) Pencil with eraser & a sharpener Pen (optional) Families are welcome to bring their own favorite word games.

Support Needs:
Depending on group size, ages & ability levels, may need additional parents to help facilitate games – e.g. if a big group we will need to split into small groups for many of the board games and will need someone who already knows how to play each game in each group (could be a student who’s played it enough).

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 12?

 

My Amazing Body

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 04/05/2016 until 05/24/2016 from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM

Location:
B

Description:
Join us as we explore our bodies! What do bones do? What is blood and how does it move through your body? What happens to food after you eat it? How do your lungs work? Using books, videos and interactive activities we will answer these questions and any others you have as we learn about our amazing human body.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Kathryn Reeves and Leah Takahashi

Leader Bio:
Leah- Leah has been studying anatomy and physiology since college and loves exploring and learning about the body, especially with curious kids. Kathryn- Kathryn is a pediatric nurse who enjoys teaching children about and how to care for their amazing bodies.

 

Children Requirements:
The class will be geared towards 5-8 year olds

One Session?: none

Materials Fee: none

Materials Needed:
we may ask parents to help contribute some items they probably already have at home, for example a funnel and plastic bottle to make a model of how the lungs and diaphragm work.

Suggested Preparation:
none

Support Needs:
Will need help with care of our littles

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 12

 

Arduino Workshop

Schedule:
On Sunday, 04/17/2016 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
off-site at Ithaca Generator

Description:
Similar to previous workshop but project to be determined.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Greg Arstrong liason Paula Barry

Children Requirements:
ages 11 years and up

Materials Fee: $40.00 to $60.00 based on project TBD. This includes materials fee & instuctors fee.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

 

Wood Turning Workshop

Schedule:
On Sunday, 05/15/2016 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
off-site at Ithaca Generator

Description:
Wood Turning on a lathe.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Jeremy Richardson, liaison Paula Barry

 

Children Requirements:
11 years and up

Materials Fee: $25.00 for materials fee and instructors fee.

Materials Needed:
Taking a ruler, seek and find pieces of wood/sticks that are 1″ to 1 1/2″ in diameter and at least 18″ long. The ruler is to make sure the sticks are straight.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 8

 

Clay Class

Days and Times:
T=10:00 – 12:00

Start Date:April 5th

End Date:May 24th

Program Time: 2 hours (clean up included in 2 hours)

Sessions: 7 weeks

Location Requirements:
The Clay School ( clayschoolithaca@gmail.com ) located in the South Hill Business Campus 950 Danby Rd, Suite 28 Ithaca,NY 14850

Description:
Wheel work and hand work. The class runs 7 weeks. There will be no class Tuesday April 26th.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Betsy Gram instructor, liason Paula Barry

 

Children Requirements:
10-15+ year olds

Materials Fee: $115

Min Students: 7  Max Students: 12

 

CLUB BIG DIG!- NLLC Garden

Schedule:
Occurs every Saturday starting 04/09/2016 until 05/28/2016 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Location:
PGH – Actual dates and times TBD

Description:
Let’s Grow Food!!! Be a part of our NLLC GROUP GARDEN in downtown Ithaca at Project Growing Hope near Farmers Market. This year we are starting seeds in a window box at NLLC! During April & May, we’ll meet at the gardens and our group efforts will maintain the beds. Sharing the harvest will be a community effort!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Danny Doerr & Barbara Horton

Leader Bio:
Danny has a green thumb. Barbara loves gardening

 

Children Requirements:
ALL ages

One Session?: Group participation for success! We will continue gardening through Summer/Fall to harvest. PGH requires each plot to contribute 4 hours of volunteer work per season. This is shared among our NLLC family participants.

Materials Fee: Shared costs for any seed/garden supply expenses

Suggested Preparation:
Dream BIG… Dig BIG… Grow BIG!

Support Needs:
Family support

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 12

 

Beadacious Jewelry Making II

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/08/2016 for 6 times from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Over the course of 6 weeks, students will learn the basics of making bracelets, necklaces, and earrings using an expansive collection of fabulous beads. Students will also learn a variety of techniques using polymer clay to create their own beads, pendants, hair clips, and other gorgeous components for truly unique jewelry. Students have the opportunity to explore their own designer style with every project, and students take home everything they make!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
April Leithner (Leader), Barbara Horton (Liaison)

Leader Bio:
April has been making jewelry for 14 years, starting with basic clay work, expanding to wire working, and now focuses her passion in beadweaving. She has an online Etsy shop and a shop on her web site through which she sells and ships jewelry all over the world. She also teaches classes throughout Ithaca for students of all ages. Her favorite type of bead is Swarovski Crystals because she loves sparkling jewelry!

 

Children Requirements:
Ages 7+ No previous jewelry experience required

One Session?: Parents are asked to inform the instructor in the event that their child(ren) is/are not able to attend the class, even if cancellation occurs immediately before class.

Materials Fee: $20 (includes materials fee)

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 12

 

Concluding Trigonometry Intro and Beginning Mechanics

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/04/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This class is for: a) people who have some background in both very basic trigonometry (definitions of functions and their use in defining right triangles which we will conclude teaching this session) and some background in algebra (solving systems of linear equations as taught in previous sessions) OR b) who can do some review and introductory meetings with us before the class begins (contact us to discuss). We’ll introduce vectors as a concept then the basic ideas in mechanics (a) position, displacement, speed, velocity, acceleration; (b) mass; (c) force. We’ll then put the math to those ideas and spend most of the class practicing solving simple mechanics problems in both statics and dynamics. The class will be lecture, demonstration, and interactive working of problems. Students will need to be highly attentive and ready to be called upon at any time. Non-participation will be highly disruptive. Being wrong will be fine as long as engagement is genuine.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Brendan Wyly & Kate Wyly

Leader Bio:
Brendan taught an 8-term sequence at NLLC that included this class, moved through basic trigonometry, and finished with Newtonian mechanics (and a final dessert of another term of non-linear algebra that wasn’t part of the sequence). Kate will be participating substantially in teaching this material, and participants need to be ok with Kate leading the class at times with my support. It’s not particularly relevant, but Brendan has an undergraduate minor in math with course work up through differential equations and numerical methods. Kate has always enjoyed teaching, and her understanding of this material is strong.

 

Children Requirements:
There are no age restrictions. Students must fit into one of the categories in the description of having done the prerequisites with us (or someone else) or be willing to undertake some substantial preparation work with us before the class begins. This is a highly structured class in which students will need to be quietly attentive throughout the class period in order to be prepared to contribute and interact when called upon.

One Session?: Attendance is very important. There will be homework assignments each week, likely requiring 30-180 minutes to complete. If class is missed, we will still expect the student to catch up through contact with us and complete the homework. It is crucial that these assignments be seriously completed, even if that requires between-class assistance from us, the teachers.

Materials Fee: n/a

Materials Needed:
– calculator with sine, cosine, tangent functions and their inverses. If you are in doubt about your calculator, ask me well in advance of the first class. ($5-$20 should get you a new model at Staples. Everybody has this on their computer (“scientific” view in the calculator software), but it is much better to use a hand-held calculator in class and for homework so as to develop skills with a particular calculator. – notebook, pencil, eraser

Suggested Preparation:
see class description for prerequisites

Support Needs:
n/a

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 12

 

History Told through Shadow Puppets

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/08/2016 until 05/27/2016 from 12:15 PM to 01:45 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Working in small groups of 2-3, we will be depicting historical events of our choosing with live silhouette animation. Being a child-led class, this will be full of imagination and artistic exploration. We will try to stay within an accurate historical construct and tell stories the way they happened. Children should be comfortable working with a pencil and scissors. Having the focus and interest in being part of telling a story will enhance the learning potential. A performance of all the stories will be held on the last class +/or during the Spring Showcase.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Angie Beeler- Leader, Barbara Horton- Co-Leader

Leader Bio:
Angie Beeler (Miss Angie) is an early childhood music educator and performer working locally at Miss Angie’s Music. She has been leading groups of parents and kids in imaginative musical adventures for 12 years.

 

Children Requirements:
6 and up. Be able to use scissors. Younger children should have their grownup stay to help with fine detail cutting.

One Session?: Flexible

Materials Fee: $5 for posterboard and pencils

Materials Needed:
Please bring a crafting knife, if you have one (fine exacto knife).

Support Needs:
The more helping hands, the better! Thanks in advance, grownups!

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 15

 

Mystery Chef cooking class

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/06/2016 for 6 times from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location:
A

Description:
In this class the children will learn to follow a recipe and perform basic kitchen skills. We will be doing a wide variety of recipes which will allow the children to experience the importance of cleanliness, measuring liquid and dry ingredients, using a sharp knife, basic kitchen terms and safety with hot pans all while having fun looking for clues for future recipes. The mystery chef will be busy doing funny things each week to keep the children guessing who and why. The children will work individually and in groups. This class can be vegan, GF and dairy free. We will be enjoying some of our food in class and taking some home. The children will make their own apron and cookbook that they can keep. Some of the recipes will be trail mix, rice Krispy treats, no bake cookies, energy bites, fruit salad, lettuce salad, guacamole…….

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Stephanie Schrader

 

Children Requirements:
5-8

Materials Fee: $20

Materials Needed:
A container to bring home items we made that day.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 12

 

Slow Session (Club)

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/04/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This will be a continuation of what we have been doing the last couple years. You don’t have to have been part of the the class to join, but please read the requirements below. Inspired by our time playing music with the kids at Irish Arts Week during the summers we will lead a slow session of Irish traditional music. Modeled after music sessions we have attended but in this session we will play slower so everyone can join in.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Ellen Grady

 

One Session?: This class is for people who know how to play an instrument already and the instrument should be something that is appropriate to play in an Irish session.

Materials Fee: Club fee: $2 – $3

Materials Needed:
Instruments

Suggested Preparation:
Practice the tunes at home.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 20

 

Write On!

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/08/2016 until 05/27/2016 from 03:15 PM to 04:15 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This Spring, students and I will be reading, writing, discussing, comparing, and sharing pieces of writing together. This course aims to introduce students to new methods of self expression. I want everyone to leave with a better idea of how they think and feel, what interests them, and have new outlets for their creativity! The class will be mostly discussion based. This may vary between: partner discussions, small group discussions, and whole class discussions, depending on what seems to work best with our class. I think hands on, student lead learning is the optimal way for students to gain a rich understanding of the topics at hand. This method of teaching is one that I have a lot of experience with and find leaves students with the ability to delve into topics and bring up subjects that really matter to them. Though the discussions will be guided by me, students will be supplying observations and questions they gather from the texts we will read together in class. Each week classes will be formatted similarly, but have a different focus. We will learn about one specific creative writing genre through reading different pieces, then discuss the pieces, their content, how the style affects the message, what students find interesting, etc. Readings will be selected by me and/or pieces the class suggests. Towards the end of class students will spend about 10 minutes writing in the style we studied that day. For homework, I will ask the students to either continue on what they started in class or to write a new piece in the same genre we had learned about for a minimum of 15 minutes. Homework will be the same each week and should be brought in to share with classmates for the following week. We will be covering: Stream of Consciousness, Spoken Word, Vignettes, Memoirs, Letters, Poetry, Essay Collage, and Storytelling with possible alterations if students express interest in a topic not listed.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Marlena Doerr – Instructor, Barbara Horton – Liaison

Leader Bio:
I am 18 years old and have had an alternative education from kindergarten through high school. I attended LACS from 2008-2015 and was a teacher’s assistant (TA) for three courses my junior and senior years. Fall of 2015 I attended Northeastern University and enjoyed it academically however I am now taking a semester off and transferring due to tuition costs. Writing has always been a passion of mine and my default means of creative expression. Teaching and interacting with youth has been an important part of my life since 8th grade with coaching, tutoring at after-school programs, volunteering at elementary schools, working as a WAM mentor at LACS, TA-ing, and more!

 

Children Requirements:
This class will be predominately discussion based with some lecture to introduce new genres. Students must be comfortable discussing pieces of writing as well as be able to write for 15 minutes outside of class once a week and bring this writing in to share. Suggested age range of 9 and up, however I am happy to take students who feel up to the challenge; please contact me if your child is below the age range. Younger siblings allowed in room only if able to participate or sit quietly. No parent presence is required, though welcome.

One Session?: Attendance is important but if a student is absent one week they will not be confused the next class. There will be 15 minutes of homework every week that will hopefully be shared during the following weeks’ class. Please email the instructor if a student will be missing class.

Materials Needed:
Notebook and a writing utensil Folder for handouts (optional)

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 15

 

Shakespeare Festival

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/06/2016 until 05/25/2016 from 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

Location:
B

Description:
Let’s party with the Bard! We will explore one of history’s most enduring storytellers in this class, using drama, games, discussion and humor to make his lyrical gift for words accessible to twenty-first century students. We will cover a little historical context, discuss some literary themes relating to his plays, and have fun with the language, but this will be primarily a lively, active, drama-infused class with plenty of re-enactment of scenes, wickedly funny insult contests, and on-your-feet adventure. We might sneak onto the misty Scottish moors and encounter witches stirring their brew, find ourselves at sword point on a cobblestone street in Verona between warring Montagues and Capulets, & venture into the moonlit forests of the faerie realm only to get caught up in their magical mischief. Best of all, this session coincides with Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23rd, so we must have a birthday party of Epic Proportions for our man of the quill. This will be our Shakespeare Festival, put on by the kids for your entertainment at the last class. Prepare to eat cake, be insulted, and watch history come alive.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Troye Platt

Leader Bio:
I love Shakespeare. The language, the passion, jealousy, betrayal, hilarity, mischief and drama ~ what’s not to love?! I especially love helping kids connect with the powerful eloquence of his words ~ inspiring and relevant over 400 years after they were written. Have taught children about this magical wordsmith and directed abridged versions of his plays with kids several times. Insisted we go to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on our honeymoon. Got to play Queen Titania in a high school performance. Me and Shakespeare go way back.

 

Children Requirements:
10 & up, contact me for exceptions

One Session?: Attending each week will enable students to be fully engaged. Please let me know if something comes up and your child(ren) will be absent, as it could greatly affect the plans for the day in terms of grouping, scene assignments etc There will likely be short scenes to memorize (or just familiarize oneself with) between classes.

Materials Fee: $5 for script copying and props and Festival supplies

Suggested Preparation:
Any reading or viewing of Shakespeare before class would be a plus, not required though

Support Needs:
Parents ~ If you like role playing we will surely have a job for you at some point in this class!Let me know. Also, for the Festival Finale general set up, clean up, food contributions, and a willingness to make merry would be great.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 14

 

Minecraft Awesome Club!

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/08/2016 until 05/27/2016 from 03:15 PM to 04:45 PM

Location:
B

Description:
This club will provide young Minecraft newbies and enthusiasts an opportunity to work collaboratively in a shared world. For each session, the group will meet first in pairs, small groups, or the entire group to develop a concept for the day’s build. The group will then use their individual computers in a shared, networked world to collaborate on the build. Each session may be a new project or may expand on efforts from the previous week, depending on the interest of the group. We will be using the “creative” not “survival” mode and will be focused on building a supportive, non-competitive community.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Jeanette McCulloch & Max Schrader

Leader Bio:
The leader (Jeanette, Huck’s mom) is tech-competent but no Minecraft expert – we’ll be tapping the expertise of the class participants as we build. Max is our technical expert!

 

Children Requirements:
7-10 year olds are welcome/contact instructor for age exceptions. Students should be able to navigate the basics of Minecraft computer edition independently.

One Session?: Please plan to arrive on time. Attendance is flexible. There will not be homework.

Materials Fee: Club fee $3 as per NLLC guidelines.

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

Support Needs:
If another Minecraft-knowledgable parent would like to help out, I would more than welcome the assistance!

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 10

 

Plant Exploration

Schedule:
Occurs every Thursday starting 04/07/2016 until 05/26/2016 from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM

Location:
off-site

Description:
Class will be outdoors in natural areas. Focus will be mainly on plant identification, edibility and nutritional value. Some focus on medicinal uses and preparation. Brief introduction to plant families and anatomy. Class can vary in complexity according to interest.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Valerie Pavan

Leader Bio:
As a geology student in college, I enjoyed a couple of botany courses, but in actuality I have been studying plants all of my life.

 

Children Requirements:
All ages.

One Session?: Please contact me if you will miss a class.

Materials Fee: none

Materials Needed:
Please bring a journal (fine to be a bunch of paper stapled together) for note taking, sketching and possible plant storage.

Suggested Preparation:
None

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 10

 

Caravan de los Amigos

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/06/2016 until 05/25/2016 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Bienvenidos, Amigos! It’s time for another round of adventures! Turn up your imaginations, hop on the caravan and travel to faraway lands while learning some basic conversational Spanish. This is a fun, friendly interactive learning drama. Through games, drama, stories, music and dance we will have fabulous fun exploring several Spanish-speaking countries, learning about their cultures, people, foods, animals and more. We might find ourselves shell collecting on a beautiful sunny beach, attending a riveting futbol game, on an archeologist’s dream treasure hunt in ancient temple ruins, entering a Caribbean cook-off, or dancing our way through a carnival parade, you never know. Each week we will get our passports stamped as we discover a new culture and use our Spanish to meet, greet, eat, play, buy, travel, learn new skills and more. Hasta Pronto Amigos!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Troye Platt

Leader Bio:
I studied a grand total of about 3 and a half years of Spanish, am not fluent but love opportunities to speak it. Have enjoyed teaching Spanish culture and language classes several times. I love sharing this fun, easy, beautiful language with kids. In travels to Mexico and Ecuador I got to practice it first hand, and my all time favorite brag is that sometimes, I even dream a sentence or two in it ~ how cool is that!

 

Children Requirements:
This is aimed at the 6-9 age range. Ask if you have a 5 year old who you think is ready for this kind of class, exceptions may be made on an individual basis.

One Session?: Learning builds on the week before, so attendance each week is important. If your child(ren) can’t attend a class, please let me know

Materials Fee: $5 for basic craft supplies, we may solicit in kind contributions when it comes to carnival time or for food related classes

Support Needs:
I have the amazing Kristen Brennan co-piloting this adventure (gracias amiga!), but anyone who wants to lend a hand during our more intensive involved classes is most appreciated

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 12

 

Art and Play

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/04/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 01:45 PM to 03:15 PM

Location:
B & Playground

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/04/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 12:45 PM to 01:45 PM

Location:
Gym & Playground

Description:
This is an art and play group for children age three to six years (and their siblings). Each week we will have free play time inside in the gym or out on the playground (depending on weather), share a healthy snack (provided), and do an open-ended art project (e.g. painting, clay, collage, print-making, etc). Children are welcome to participate in the art project, or continue playing depending on their interests. Come dressed for some messy fun and cold-weather outdoor play! This is a year long class, with open enrollment.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Crystal Buck

Leader Bio:
I have hosted art groups for my kids and their friends for the past four years. I love exploring art with young children, and particularly enjoy open-ended art materials.

 

Children Requirements:
Children 3 to 6 years. Siblings are welcome to participate. Please let me know if you have any food allergies or restrictions.

One Session?: Please let me know if you will miss a class (texts are good!)

Materials Needed:
Participants will be asked to help provide shared snacks and art projects. Depending on the number of participants, this will likely mean that each family is responsible for one day of snack and art (I’m happy to help come up with project ideas, as well as help put together supplies for the project). Please bring appropriate outdoor gear. We will play outside in almost all weather! Please bring a water bottle.

Suggested Preparation:
I’d like to encourage parents in the group to read “Teacher Tom’s” blog http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/. In particular, you can check out his posts about art http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/art.

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 15

 

Writing and Illustrating Stories

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/04/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:
B

Description:
This class is a continuation of the Writing and Illustrating Stories Class from last session. New participants are welcome. In this class, children will have the opportunity to build on the skills and creative process they began in the first Writing and Illustrating class. The focus of this class will be on exploring clay illustration techniques, telling stories, and supporting the efforts of emerging writers. We will look at the illustrations in “Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef” by Marianne Berkes. Over in the Ocean adapts the classic song “Over in the Meadow” to the coral reef habitat. Its beautiful illustrations are composed of clay. Using this story as inspiration, each student will work to create a short story book. We will create pictures with modeling clay, and photograph and print these to create our illustrations. Participants will be encouraged to share story ideas together and provide positive feedback on each other’s work. We will also work together to sound out words for our stories, and to create word keys for spelling words. Students will have the opportunity to revisit their efforts over multiple class sessions, as well as bring their work home if they desire. If we have time we will explore the editing process.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Crystal Buck Julie Coakley

Leader Bio:
Julie Coakley recently retired after a 44 year career in early childhood education. She spent the last 18 years doing professional development, mentoring and coaching teachers of young children. Crystal Buck loves telling stories and exploring art with kids.

 

Children Requirements:
This is an early literacy class, generally intended for children age 5 to 9. Younger children who are interested in writing and illustrating are welcome, as are older children who feel this class would be at the right level for them. Children need to be able to participate in group discussions and focus on their work. The class relies heavily on participants being self directed in their work, with teachers and parents providing support as needed/desired. Younger siblings are permitted in the room provided they are not disruptive, especially during quiet work times. Parent presence can be helpful especially during the writing portion of the class, but in this session we would like to aim for some times when participants are working independently.

One Session?: Please let us know if you need to miss a class (texts are great!). Work between class sessions is optional, but not required.

Materials Fee: $5

Materials Needed:
none

Suggested Preparation:
none

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 8

 

CLUB – Friday Frolic

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/08/2016 until 05/27/2016 from 04:15 PM to 05:15 PM

Location:
A & Gym

Description:
This class will be a fun way for folks to either calm down and enjoy some easy going board games, or to run around and have some fun physical activity time. The first day we will play some cooperative games and/or board games and at the end of the class we will vote for what people would like to do the next week (only repeating games once during the session). We will decide as a group what to play each week. Examples of games we may play includes: United We Sit, Blokus, President, Four Square, The Cold Wind Blows, Handball, Kickball, BS, Checkers, Clue, and more! I will be there to join in and help lead/officiate the games as necessary but overall this class is just to allow everyone there to let loose and have fun!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Marlena Doerr- Instructor, Barbara Horton – Liaison

Leader Bio:
I’m 18 years old and have always had sports as a forefront in my extracurriculars. I’ve done everything from playing little league baseball, to rowing division one in college, to coaching hockey youngsters. I have also enjoyed many bonding/cooperative games during my time as a WAM mentor at LACS. In addition, as all kids do, I have always loved playing board/card games.

 

Children Requirements:
All ages, all abilities welcome and encouraged to join!

One Session?: Please notify me if your student will be absent on a given week.

Materials Needed:
Gym Footwear (when needed)

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 20

 

Wire Wrapping Tutorial

Schedule:
On Saturday, 04/16/2016 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Location:
B?

Description:
Students will be making a pendant using 2 gauges of copper wire wrapped around a tumbled semi-precious stone. Milo has many different colored tumbled semi-precious stones to choose from.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Milo Inman Instructor, liason Paula Barry

 

Children Requirements:
ages 8+

Materials Fee: $15.00 for material fee and instructor fee.

Materials Needed:
Please bring wire cutters, pliers, nose tipped pliers if you have any.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 8

 

Family Singing Circle

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 04/08/2016 until 05/27/2016 from 01:45 PM to 02:45 PM

Location:
Gym

Description:
A playful hour of singalong fun for all ages. Songs with hand motions, repetition and rhyming wordplay, mixing classic Folk songs with age-appropriate Pop tunes and songs we make up.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
John Simon- Leader, Barbara Horton & Erica Wurster – Liaisons

Leader Bio:
John’s been singing with children of all ages since before getting his degree in Elementary Ed at UMass Amherst in the late ’70s. He’s a former homeschooling parent who works with the Hangar Theatre’s Project 4, co-created the Family Reading Partnership’s Read-Along Songs project and fronts the popular local dance band Radio London.

 

Children Requirements:
Most appropriate for younger children (ages 5-10), but all are welcome – including parents. Younger siblings will need a watchful eye, in case they start to wander. Content and direction of the class will be determined by the make-up of the group. We may get silly at times, so the ability to re-group would be a good prerequisite predisposition.

One Session?: Regular attendance would allow us to build on previous weeks’ activity, but it’s not a requirement.

Materials Fee: Instructor fee= $25/class divided equally by number of participants (if 10 participants, $25/10kidsx8weeks=$20 each. Less if more children enroll).

Materials Needed:
Maybe a comfy sit-upon (I’m picturing us cozy on the floor)

Suggested Preparation:
None, although we may spotlight a particular singable book each week (I’ll provide the first few) and participants can bring one in from home if they like.

Support Needs:
Ideally, this will be an inclusive participatory group experience – families and friends singing together (with parents and older siblings modeling positive group behavior). I’m fine with kids wandering but I can’t follow after them (although I’ll do my best to keep them engaged). Depending on age/skill abilities, I may need someone to hold up song sheets on occasion – or to model hand motions.

Min Students: 10  Max Students: 20

 

NLLC Youth Credt Union

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/06/2016 until 05/25/2016 from 03:35 PM to 03:55 PM

Location:

Description:
Help your child develop a savings habit by participating in our very own youth credit union. Research shows that it is not the amount of the deposit that matters but the consistent habit of making a weekly deposit that helps kids develop a lifelong savings habit. Before you know it, your child may be offered access to credit. Help them get off on a solid foot in financial matters. Chores, allowance, bottle deposits, and jobs are some of the ways that youth can have regular access to funds for deposits. Open enrollment.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie, Blake and Liam Terry, Joe Cummins, Alternatives liaison

Leader Bio:
Alison is a director for Alternatives FCU and founded our homeschool branch 5 years ago with Blake and Liam, who have been tellers continuously since that time.

 

Children Requirements:
2-18

One Session?: Weekly savings deposit. Weekly participation is what builds a savings habit, so please aim to have a weekly deposit.

Materials Fee: $1-$3. If you need to set up a youth account at Alternatives but you are a member, it is $1. If you are not Alternatives members $3, including a $1 deposit.

Materials Needed:
Deposit, pass book. But as long as we have your phone number, we can do a deposit.

Suggested Preparation:
Any stories or online resources about saving that may interest your child.

Support Needs:
To be scheduled concurrently with the NLLC Youth Credit Union Teller Program. Please do not conflict with Lord of the Rings, Young People’s, Basketball, Brendan’s Math, Rocketry, Naturalist Field Experiences

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 20

 

Eyes on the Prize documentary club

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/06/2016 until 05/11/2016 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This is Season 1 of the PBS documentary of the American Civil Rights movement covering the years of 1954-1965. From the PBS website,”Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Winner of numerous awards, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America” Episodes include… Awakenings (1954-1956) Fighting Back (1957-1962) Ain’t Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961) No Easy Walk (1961-1963) Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964) Bridge to Freedom (1965)

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Ellen Grady

 

Children Requirements:
I think it’s up to the parents to decide. That being said, there are some very intense things that are discussed in this series as well as some very graphic scene of violence.

One Session?: To attend each session

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 15

 

NLLC Youth Credit Union Teller Program

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 04/06/2016 until 05/25/2016 from 03:30 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Be a teller in Northern Light’s very own youth credit union! You will help younger members by filling out deposit forms, verify the deposits of members 11 and up, count deposits, and encourage members in their savings habit. Friendliness, confidentiality, attention to details, and courtesy are all important in this role. So is having fun! We will give away money on Magic Money Day and other Alternatives’ promotional materials.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie, Liam & Blake Terry, Joe Cummins, Alternatives liaison

Leader Bio:
Long-time board member at Alternatives and kids financial literacy champion

 

Children Requirements:
8 and up, with legible writing of letters and numbers, ability to add money, attention to details, and an interest in helping others

One Session?: Weekly attendance. Notify if going to be absent.

Materials Fee: None.

Materials Needed:
Must have an Alternatives Youth savings account and sign up for the NLLC Youth Credit as well.

Suggested Preparation:
On the job training for new tellers.Must sign up for the Northern Light Youth Credit Union as well.

Support Needs:
None.

Min Students: 2  Max Students: 4

 

Young Naturalist Field Experiences (Club)

Schedule:
Occurs every 2 weeks on Saturday starting 04/23/2016 until 05/21/2016 from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Location:
off-site – Actual dates and times to be determined by weather and participants

Description:
We will have three field experiences based upon our Young Naturalist Speaker series. For each venture we will be accompanied by an expert in the field. We will visit a wetland, go birding with an bird call acoustic expert, and one adventure still to be determined. Our field experiences will require travel to an off site location, appropriate footwear and dress for the environment, and a spirit of adventure.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie

Leader Bio:
Alison has enjoyed coordinating the Young Naturalist Club this fall and winter. She thought it would be fun to venture into the field with some of the experts we’ve met.

 

Children Requirements:
9 and up.

One Session?: It would be great to have you attend each outing.

Materials Fee: We do not anticipate any fees.

Materials Needed:
Each field experience may require different gear. We will advise for each trip.

Suggested Preparation:
If you are inspired, read about the ecosystem or topic of the field experience.

Support Needs:
Some willing drivers to help us carpool efficiently.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 15

 

Capoeira for 7+

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/04/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 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!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Ramadan Muhammad, Instructor; Alison Christie and Thompson Terry, sponsors

Leader Bio:
Parents of two capoeira students.

 

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 if there is still space in the class after the kids have enrolled.

One Session?: Please be on time, and plan to come to every class. If you must be absent, please notify Thompson or Alison 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:
Watch some videos on Youtube to see what capoeira is all about.

Support Needs:
None.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 16

 

Let’s Make a Crankie on the Erie Canal

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/04/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 03:45 PM to 05:15 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This program will delve into New York state history as we focus on the Erie Canal. Our goal is to make a crankie, a popular form of entertainment in the 19th century, an illustrated scrolling panel (also called moving panoramas) that tells a story accompanied by music. Check out some great examples here, http://www.thecrankiefactory.com/. We will learn about crankies, study the history of The Erie Canal, script and illustrate our story, build (or buy) a crankie, and share it in a couple of venues with a brief presentation of our project, and the our main event with music accompaniment. The Erie Canal inspired a great number of wonderful tunes. Bring your musical talents, instrument or singing for the performance part of our project.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie

Leader Bio:
Alison has been fascinated with the Erie Canal since rediscovering it through literature with her kids when they were young. She enjoys interdisciplinary projects that bring many skills to bear in the exploration of a topic.

 

Children Requirements:
10 and up.

One Session?: Participants should be willing to read and do homework in between our classes.

Materials Fee: TBD

Materials Needed:
Homework as assigned. Notebook. Favorite art supplies.

Suggested Preparation:
Anything about the Erie Canal.

Support Needs:
I would love collaborators, especially someone with an art background.

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 10

 

CLUB children’s Garden/Anarchy Zone play

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 04/05/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
off-site

Description:
Lets enjoy the unfolding of spring in Ithaca by seeing changes in the garden, exploring the stream and watching for the return of animals. This is meant to be a loosely structured time to enjoy spring outside together. Activities could include open play in the Anarchy Zone and any other part of the Ithaca Children’s Garden area and observing and exploring all it has to offer. I plan to bring along paper and pencils, magnifying glasses, identification books and some nature stories.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Liz Henry

Leader Bio:
I have always loved to play outside and explore the world around me. Growing gardens, finding bugs, building forts and looking for sings of animals. I worked as a preschool teacher before having my girls and really enjoyed exploring and creating in nature with the children. I strongly believe that children learn threw play and explorations of their choosing.

 

Children Requirements:
No age limit and younger sibling welcome

One Session?: Flexible attendance, but please let me know if you wont make it. Text or email is great.

Materials Fee: none

Materials Needed:
Just come in clothes that can get dirty. Also feel free to bring outdoor games or materials to share and a snack/lunch

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 20

 

Challenge Your Vocabulary

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 04/04/2016 until 05/23/2016 from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
Tompkins Public Library study rooms (past reference desk, veer left of reading room then on your right)

Description:
This will be a fun class to build your vocabulary through word games, readings and studying. It will not be high pressure, just some fun while we work together to learn cool new words together. Our hope is this is helpful for anyone planning to take the SATs eventually.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Cathleen Banford

 

Children Requirements:
10 and up

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 20

Winter 2016 Program Listings

The Herbalist Naturalist

Schedule:
On Tuesday, 01/05/2016 from 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Description:
The Herbalist Naturalist- Focusing on a youth audience, this class will look at herbal medicine and the life of the herbalist naturalist. This includes gathering plants, making medicines, treating people and interacting with the natural world around them. This class will be a slide show and presentation showing tools and the various plants that can be used for medicine, some of which grow around Ithaca. We will talk about how to use and gather these plants in a least harmful manner and of the various animals one meets while gathering plants. We will also talk about what it is like to work at a free integrative clinic. All are invited. Presentation will be oriented to kids and their interests & questions. Following class, 7Song will visit with all (6-7 p.m.) and answer additional questions while enjoying snacks.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
7Song- Teacher, Barbara Horton- Liaison

Leader Bio:
7Song has been an herbalist and naturalist for about 30 years. He has gathered plants from all over the United States. He works at the Ithaca Free Clinic as a clinical herbalist (someone who treats people with herbal medicine) and is the main teacher at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.

Children Requirements:
No minimum age requirement as long as they are interested

Materials Needed:
Paper and pen to take notes.

Suggested Preparation:
Learn about herbal medicine from those around you. I have a few videos on YouTube such as this one-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHGrT2TlmpM

Min Students: 5  Max Students:

 

Freaky Fractions

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 01/13/2016 until 03/02/2016 from 02:15 PM to 03:15 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This class will be a class about manipulating fractions. It is not an introduction to fractions, but the next step — how to manipulate them in order to use them in more advanced math. A rough outline of what we will cover is as follows: defining and using rational numbers; simplifying fractions; mixed numbers and converting them back and forth to fractions; finding common denominators; percentages and fractions; adding and subtracting fractions; and, if we get that far, multiplying and dividing them. I plan to use a lot of physical props and real life situations to illustrate these concepts, making it fun and relevant. Students will work through problems together, in small groups and individually in class. There will be a short homework assignment each week. Students MUST have mathematical fluency with the multiplication and division tables. I am not putting an age on the class because I cannot begin to know what people’s math knowledge is by age. If there is a waiting list for the class, though, I will quiz the enrolled students on the first day to make sure they have the required background. If they don’t I will ask the parents to withdraw their student to let someone from the waiting list in.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Kristen Brennan

Leader Bio:
I am about 1/3 interested in math, 6/7ths motivated by getting Isaiah over the “fractions hump,” and one hundred percent interested into making it fun for the kids to learn.

Children Requirements:
I am not assigning an age or grade limit. The requirements are a FLUENCY in multiplication and division. Period. If there is a waiting list, I will orally quiz the kids the first day of class to make sure they know how the multiplication and division tables up to 12.

One Session?: Weekly attendance is required. Obviously if you are sick, please don’t come, but the class will be very cumulative. Please ask for the assignments to do at home if you do not attend class.

Materials Fee: none

Materials Needed:
pencil and paper

Suggested Preparation:
as many books or fraction challenges as you can get your hands on!

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 12

 

BIG DIG!… Winter Planning (CLUB)

Schedule:
On Thursday, 01/07/2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Location:
TBD – doodle poll for actual time & location

Description:
WINTER PLANNING… while seeds are napping/stirring!!! Design, dig, plant, weed, nurture, share, harvest & enjoy a GROUP GARDEN at Project Growing Hope near the Farmers Market. Our Winter planning will include: garden research, seed order, design planning… and inviting knowledgeable gardeners to share garden success stories. Over the Spring and Summer we will maintain the beds. Enjoying the Fall harvest will be a community effort!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Danny Doerr & Barbara Horton

Leader Bio:
Danny has an amazing green thumb & work ethic. Barbara loves to garden.

Children Requirements:
All Ages

One Session?: Group participation for success! We will continue gardening through Summer/Fall to harvest.

Materials Fee: Shared cost of seed/supply purchase… tbd

Suggested Preparation:
Garden inspired/themed reading

Support Needs:
Family support!

Min Students: 6  Max Students:

 

ASL (American Sign Language)

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 01/06/2016 until 02/24/2016 from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Would you like a chance to practice your sign language skills with others… and learn some new signs to expand your vocabulary? This is a class for students who have already had some experience with ASL to focus on improving their communication skills. It is an on-going class, but is open to additional enrollment. Students will be encouraged to choose individual projects to translate (For example: a story, poem, song, or a scene from a play). This winter we will begin poetry and games, then see where our interests lead us. Erica will be teaching in January. Monica will join us in February.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Erica & Monica

Leader Bio:
Monica (our wonderful volunteer from FLIC) has taught ASL at NLLC, among other places, for several years. Erica (NLLC mom) has been signing since she was a teenager. We both enjoy every opportunity to share this beautiful language with others!

Children Requirements:
All ages… Must have prior experience with ASL. This is a year-long class, however we are open to new students (with prior ASL experience) joining mid-year.

One Session?: Weekly attendance is appreciated. PLEASE let us know if you need to miss a day. This is a year long class with year-long enrollment.

Materials Needed:
Please bring a poem you would like to interpret. It can either be from a favorite author or one you have written yourself.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 12

 

Pi Day- FUNdraiser

Schedule:
On Saturday, 03/12/2016 from 01:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Location:
Dining Room

Description:
Celebrate Pi Day… early on Sat., 03/12/16… and raise monies for our Learning Center and scholarship reserves. Our NLLC Community FUNdraiser will include: a bakesale, several stations offering information and activities relating to Pi and knowledgeable community members. Member participation to make this an exciting fundraising event is requested.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Barbara Horton

Children Requirements:
All Ages

One Session?: One time event

Materials Needed:
Pie and Pi related materials/ideas

Suggested Preparation:
All participants are asked to bring/share a Pi related station.

Support Needs:
Co-Leader welcomed

Min Students: 5  Max Students:

 

Sewing for Beginners

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 01/05/2016 until 02/23/2016 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Location:
B

Description:
No matter age or ability, we will learn various handwork skills such as sewing basic embroidery stitches, embellishment techniques, how to sew a button, and repairing a hole in a favorite sock, shirt, or doll/stuffed animal. A basic project will be provided each week that will allow each sewer to add his/her own flair by choosing fabric and embellishments. Some projects I have in mind include a pillow, recycled wool sweater mittens, and a hand bag. We will also work on a group wall hanging to be displayed at Northern Lights. We will learn real, practical skills that will last a lifetime while having fun and feeling good about our new skills and creations. All materials will be provided including a sewing basket for each sewer that may be taken home at the end of the session. I will also have a tapestry table set up for littles who may be accompanying a sibling with safer plastic needles and yarn.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Kathryn Reeves

Leader Bio:
My grandmother taught me to sew When I was 5 and I have been sewing ever since! I’m not an expert by any means, but I love creating anything and everything from beautiful fabric and re-using materials. I’m so excited to share my love of sewing with you!

Children Requirements:
No experience with sewing is needed. Class will be geared to ages 5-9, but Anyone wanting to learn to sew can participate. Ability to concentrate quietly and be safe with needles and scissors is required.

One Session?: Attendance is flexible, but it would be most beneficial to attend weekly as we will be building on skills from the previous lesson.

Materials Fee: $20

Materials Needed:
All materials will be provided

Support Needs:
I would love for a parent to oversee the littles (including Juniper) at the tapestry table.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 10

 

Domino Club

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 01/06/2016 until 03/09/2016 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Description:
The domino club will be a time for people to get together and create domino art. Samuel will bring his 10,000 dominoes each week for domino fun.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Samuel Smith

Leader Bio:
Samuel is 11 and has loved building with dominoes since he was four.

Children Requirements:
Will be open to kids of all ages, but kids 5 and under must be accompanied and WELL SUPERVISED by an adult because of the fragile nature of the domino runs.

One Session?: no weekly attendance requirements

Materials Fee: no

Materials Needed:
creativity

Min Students: 2  Max Students: 20

 

Introduction to Philosophy

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 01/15/2016 until 03/04/2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Location:
B

Description:
This course will be an introduction to philosophy. Each week we will discuss a different branch of philosophy; and read texts associated with some of the main ideas. Some potential topics are: •Critical thinking and logic: What makes an argument reasonable? What are fallacies and how are they applied? •Epistemology: Where does knowledge come from? How can we be sure we know what we think we know? What does Descartes mean when he says “I think therefore I am” (cogito ergo sum)? •Aesthetics: What makes something beautiful? Are some forms of art/music/poetry better than others; or is it simply subjective? Does art have value? •Ethics: Is there such a thing as right and wrong, or are they simply determined by culture? How do we determine what is right and wrong? •Politics: What is the best way to organize society? Does democracy make sense? What responsibilities do you have to your country? Why? •Metaphysics: Is time real, or an illusion? Does freewill exist? Does God exist? Each class we will look at one of these topics in depth using lectures, group discussion and group exercises. Ideally, we will begin each day with a paradox. For example, Zeno’s paradox which argues that motion is an illusion… …Imagine that you’re about to set off walking down a street. To reach the other end, you’d first have to walk half way there. And to walk half way there, you’d first have to walk a quarter of the way there. And to walk a quarter of the way there, you’d first have to walk an eighth of the way there and so on and so on. Ultimately, in order to perform even the simplest of tasks like walking down a street, you’d have to perform an infinite number of smaller tasks—something that, by definition, is utterly impossible… It should be noted that we will not seek to find the “correct” answer to any of these questions, but rather examine the pros and cons of different arguments. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own experiences and reach their own conclusions.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Patrick Sewell

Leader Bio:
Pat has taught philosophy in one form or another for the last 10 years, and he currently teaches environmental ethics at TC3

Children Requirements:
This is a structured class and will be geared for 10+; participants should be mature, able to focus and take direction. Additionally, they should be comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas with the group.

One Session?: – Plan to attend each week; please notify me if you will need to miss. I will start on time so please plan to be on time. – This class will require reading every week as well as answering questions associated with the text.

Materials Fee: None

Materials Needed:
– That week’s reading material (I will try to provide copies) – Something to write on and write with – Schrödinger’s cat (if unopened)

Suggested Preparation:
Although we will not do a lot of reading, philosophical concepts can be fairly abstract and it may take some time to get through them. To get a sense of what it will be like, you can link to Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy (we will likely read the first two meditations): http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/descartes1641_1.pdf

Support Needs:
Beyond one additional adult, it would be helpful if parents plan NOT to attend the class. As wonderful as parents are, they can change the feel and comfort level of other participants.

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 12

 

Capoeira for 7+

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 01/04/2016 until 02/22/2016 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 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!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Ramadan Muhammad, Instructor; Kristie Snyder, sponsor

Leader Bio:
Ramadan has taught capoeira in Ithaca for ten years, at Southside Community Center, City Health Club, and the Ithaca Freeskool, as well as at NLLC the past two years.

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 if there is still space in the class after the kids have enrolled.

One Session?: Please be on time, and plan to come to every class. If you must be absent, please notify Kristie 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.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 16

 

Linear Algebra (Conclusion) and Beginning Trigonometry

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 01/04/2016 until 02/22/2016 from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This class will conclude our learning and PRACTICING of methods for solving systems of linear equations. We’ll then begin learning the basics of trigonometry. The goal is to learn these mathematical concepts so as to be able to do classical Newtonian mechanics (basic physics of describing static and dynamic bodies). Anyone with a background in solving systems of linear equations up to 2×2 should be able to join us. But without that background, joining the class at this point will be difficult. If you are very interested anyway, contact Brendan to discuss some pre-class preparation.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Brendan Wyly & Kate Wyly

Leader Bio:
Kate will be the primary leader of each class meeting.

Children Requirements:
There are no age limits. The class is open to anyone with enough background in linear algebra to join us at the point we’re at, which is the basic methods (substitution and elimination) for solving systems of 3 equations and 3 unknowns, moving to 4×4. We’ll then move to introducing trigonometry for those with no background in trig and only the most basic background in geometry.

One Session?: It is very important to come to class every week and to do the homework that is assigned every week. Without that practice, the methods will never be mastered and the physics we do will ultimately be unapproachable for the student.

Materials Fee: n/a

Materials Needed:
At first, only paper and pencil will be required. When we begin trigonometry, a calculator with the basic trig functions (sine, cosine, tangent and their inverses) will be needed every class and for homework. These functions are available on all but the most basic arithmetic calculators and are easily available online if needed.

Suggested Preparation:
Get comfortable using a calculator accurately.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 15

 

Cultures of the World

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 01/05/2016 until 02/22/2016 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Location:
B

Description:
Join us as we joyously explore cultures from around the world using interactive storytelling, music, maps, art/crafts, slideshows/video and your imagination. Each week we will learn about a different country, understanding each’s culture through exploration of their housing, music, food, traditions, climate, geography, and animal life. Pack your bags and get ready to travel the world!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
DiAnna Snyder and Valerie Pavan

Leader Bio:
DiAnna and Valerie enjoy watching children get excited learning about our big beautiful world!

Children Requirements:
Age range is geared towards 5-7 year olds.

One Session?: Weekly attendance is encouraged

Materials Fee: None

Materials Needed:
Materials will be provided

Suggested Preparation:
If a certain culture strikes your interest, we encourage you to continue to explore outside of the classroom!

Support Needs:
Parents are encouraged to stay if their child needs help with the craft in this class

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

 

Art and Play Group

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 01/04/2016 until 02/22/2016 from 12:30 PM to 02:30 PM

Location:
B,Gym(12:30-1:45) & Playground

Description:
This is an art and play group for children age three to six years (and their siblings). Each week we will have free play time inside in the gym or out on the playground (depending on weather), share a healthy snack (provided), and do an open-ended art project (e.g. painting, clay, collage, print-making, etc). Children are welcome to participate in the art project, or continue playing depending on their interests. Come dressed for some messy fun and cold-weather outdoor play! This is a year long class, with open enrollment.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Crystal Buck

Leader Bio:
I have hosted art groups for my kids and their friends for the past four years. I love exploring art with young children, and particularly enjoy open-ended art materials.

Children Requirements:
Children 3 to 6 years. Siblings are welcome to participate. Please let me know if you have any food allergies or restrictions.

One Session?: Please let me know if you will miss a class (texts are good!)

Materials Needed:
Participants will be asked to help provide shared snacks and art projects. Depending on the number of participants, this will likely mean that each family is responsible for one day of snack and art (I’m happy to help come up with project ideas, as well as help put together supplies for the project). Please bring appropriate outdoor gear. We will play outside in almost all weather!

Support Needs:
I will be out of town January 11th. It would be great if the group could still meet while I’m out of town. It would really help if someone was willing to be the group coordinator for that week (help with set-up and clean-up, etc)

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 15

 

Writing and Illustrating Stories

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 01/08/2016 until 02/26/2016 from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
The focus of this class will be on exploring different illustration techniques, telling stories, and supporting the efforts of emerging writers. We will look at the stories and illustrations in three books: 1) There’s a Bird on your Head!, An Elephant and Piggie Book by Mo Willems; 2) Community Soup by Alma Fullerton; and 3) Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes. These three books provide us with a nice range of illustration styles. There’s a Bird on your Head is a funny book with simple comic strip style sketches that tells the story of two friends, Elephant and Piggie. Community Soup tells the story of a group of Kenyan children working together to harvest the vegetables they have grown to make a pot of soup. The collage illustrations are rich with texture, and incorporate fabric and natural materials. Over in the Ocean adapts the classic song “Over in the Meadow” to the coral reef habitat. Its beautiful illustrations are composed of clay. Using these stories as inspiration, each student will work to create three short story books. Materials will be provided for each illustration style (pencils and water colors; collage materials; and modeling clay combined with digital photography). Students will be encouraged to share story ideas together and provide positive feedback on each other’s work. We will also work together to sound out words for our stories, and to create a shared list of words that we have figured out the spelling for. Students will have the opportunity to revisit their efforts over multiple class sessions, as well as bring their work home if they desire.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Julie Coakley Crystal Buck

Leader Bio:
Julie Coakley recently retired after a 44 year career in early childhood education. She spent the last 18 years doing professional development, mentoring and coaching teachers of young children. Crystal Buck loves telling stories and exploring art with kids.

Children Requirements:
This is an early literacy class, generally intended for children age 5 to 8. Younger children who are interested in writing and illustrating are welcome, as are older children who feel this class would be at the right level for them.

One Session?: Please let us know if you need to miss a class (texts are great!)

Materials Fee: $5 to cover the cost of modeling clay and color printing

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

 

Mural Project

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 01/08/2016 until 02/26/2016 from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM

Location:
B

Description:
**This class will continue into the spring.** This session we will plan and propose a mural that we will paint in the spring. This will involve learning about murals and mural making, finding a wall to paint, working together to come up with ideas for themes and designs, organizing logistics materials… Our vision is that we will work in small groups of 3/4 when creating designs and then come together for group critique, feedback and discussion. Our aim is for the kids to be involved in every aspect of the project from the finding of the wall, research of themes, and creating of the design to some of the more practical tasks of contacting building owners, asking for paint donations at local stores, and fund raising if needed. We are working with Caleb and the Ithaca Public Art Commission to find possible walls. Additionally this class will involve learning about mural making in Ithaca and around the world, contemporary and historically. We hope to have a few visits with local artists that have made murals or visits to mural in process sites. This class will most likely continue into the intersession. We will likely add meetings as needed. Though there is a limited enrollment, if there is a waitlist, we hope to find a way for additional kids to participate (maybe even all). If we have spots for extra helpers along the way, we will take kids from the waitlist in ranking order.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Jessica Warner and Liz Stewart

Children Requirements:
10 and up This is a project that requires the ability to focus for an extended period of time, work in a group and an effort to be considerate when discussing others work and ideas. outside of the age range, please contact us

One Session?: please come each week. there will be times outside work is required.

Materials Fee: ~$2 for a roll of paper

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 12

 

The art of oral and physical expression

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 01/19/2016 until 03/08/2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Description:
While this class will use theater techniques to develop oral presentation and stage presence skills, the focus will ultimately be on solo performance, culminating in a final presentation of a 3-5 min. memorized monologue (preferably written by the performer her/himself) and a poem. Working in pairs, small groups, and sometimes as a collective, the students will learn and practice how to use the body and voice to artistically convey meaning in word and text. There could be loud voices at times.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Michael Smith

Leader Bio:
I participated in youth theater as an actor and a director and would like to help kids be comfortable expressing themselves in public.

Children Requirements:
Students should be at least 8 years old and not older than 13 years old. Students should be able to read chapter books on their own. Moreover they should be able to read both to themselves AND orally, WITH expression–due to the fact we will be reading aloud and working on fluency of expression this latter skill is crucial). Students should also have at least elementary composition skills, either by hand or keyboard. Students should be able to readily take instruction and focus. Due to the nature of this course (performance, experimentation with voice and movement that could lead to self-consciousness), parental/caretaker presence will be limited to ONE other adult in the room. Younger siblings will not be permitted in the room. The allowed age range for enrollment is firm.

One Session?: Weekly attendance is strongly encouraged. Please contact the leader in advance of class if you are not able to attend due to illness or travel.

Materials Fee: none

Suggested Preparation:
Potential students might spend some time reading aloud and trying to read aloud as expressively as possible before the session begins.

Support Needs:
Other than the one caretaker needed by NLLC by-laws, I would prefer that parents not stay in the classroom because of the “self-consciousness” factor in performance.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

 

Spanish folk tales and songs (5-9 year olds)

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 01/15/2016 until 03/04/2016 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Location:
B

Description:
Each class I will send out a thematic Spanish vocabulary list in advance and our class will consist of stories, games and songs that revolve around those words. The class will involve a lot of movement and repetition of the vocabulary. As the class progresses I will use the vocabulary from previous weeks. We will read a book together and talk about cultural themes from Spanish speaking countries, possibly acting it out if appropriate. Then we will learn a song or two. The songs are Spanish children’s songs or translations of English songs or Nursery Rhymes (the Itsy-Bitsy spider, Old McDonald, etc.). I will also focus on using common phrases in each class, such as “How are you? What do you think? My name is…” I will ask the kids if they have any themes that they especially want to learn the vocabulary for.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Kristen Brennan

Leader Bio:
Kristen loves being silly in any language and wants to make learning a non-native language as fun as possible.

Children Requirements:
Designed for kids who need to move around, but can stay focused and engaged in a story or song. Siblings welcome to stay in the room as long as they are not too disruptive.

One Session?: Please notify me in advance if you will not be in class. The vocabulary will be cumulative, but kids won’t be lost if they miss a week or two.

Materials Fee: none

Suggested Preparation:
Review any Spanish words you already know and use them every day at home.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 12

 

Dodgeball

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 01/15/2016 until 03/04/2016 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Location:
gym

Description:
Dodgeball in the gym for all ages. Younger children are welcome, but parents should be advised that the games can be quite intense.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Michael Smith

Children Requirements:
All ages welcome. Parents of younger children should be present to gage whether the play is appropriate for their child.

Support Needs:
if anyone has good dodge ball balls to lend for the term, that would be helpful.

Min Students: 10  Max Students: 30

 

Beadacious Jewelry Making

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 01/08/2016 until 02/12/2016 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Over the course of 6 weeks, students will learn the basics of making bracelets, necklaces, and earrings using an expansive collection of fabulous beads. Students will also learn a variety of techniques using polymer clay to create their own beads, pendants, hair clips, and other gorgeous components for truly unique jewelry. Students have the opportunity to explore their own designer style with every project, and students take home everything they make!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
April Leithner (Leader), Barbara Horton (Liaison)

Leader Bio:
April has been making jewelry for 14 years, starting with basic clay work, expanding to wire working, and now focuses her passion in beadweaving. She has an online Etsy shop and a shop on her web site through which she sells and ships jewelry all over the world. She also teaches classes throughout Ithaca for students of all ages. Her favorite type of bead is Swarovski Crystals because she loves sparkling jewelry!

Children Requirements:
Ages 7+ No previous jewelry experience required

Materials Fee: Total Cost: $25 ($20 for all 6 weeks + $5 materials)

Materials Needed:
None

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 12

 

Puzzles- Building Super Brain Power through Problem Solving

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 01/08/2016 until 02/26/2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location:
A

Description:
Throughout this course, students will explore a variety of puzzles and games to develop problem solving skills that are essential in the world of mathematics. Each class will focus on a different element of successful problem solving, including reasoning, breaking the end goal down into smaller steps, analyzing available information, learning about what kind of questions to ask, brainstorming with others, and developing efficient solutions.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
April Leithner- Leader, Barbara Horton- Liaison

Leader Bio:
April is the Program Director for Family Math, helping students of all ages gain a more intuitive understanding of mathematical concepts through engaging and hands-on exploration. April is passionate about exploring mathematical concepts and skills through a variety of board games and puzzles.

Children Requirements:
Requirements: Ages 8+ Familiarity with basic multiplication and division strongly advised

One Session?: Parents are asked to inform the instructor in the event that their child(ren) is/are not able to attend the class, even if cancellation occurs immediately before class.

Materials Fee: $25 for all 8 weeks

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 12

 

Circus Arts

Schedule:
On Thursday, 01/14/2016 from 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Location:
off-site – Circus Arts Bldg

Description:
The circus workshop starts with a group game, warm up, and stretch. We will then focus on aerial arts, partner acrobatics, juggling, and wire walking. The class is structured with opportunities for creativity and invention. students will be taking turns on certain apparatus and working all at once with others.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Amy Cohen, co-leaders Alex Demarest and Rachel Feirman (Paula Barry liaison)

Leader Bio:
see circusculture.org

Children Requirements:
5-18 year olds

One Session?: one time workshop!

Materials Fee: none

Materials Needed:
wear slim fitting movement clothing without zippers, snaps, clasps, or other metal parts (they can snag the aerial equipment)

Suggested Preparation:
none

Support Needs:
none

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 16

 

Wood Turning

Schedule:
On Saturday, 02/20/2016 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
Ithaca Generator

Description:
The students will be learning how to use a lathe. Students will be selecting material, planning projects, learning lathe operation, chisel sharpening, curing/drying, and finishing.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Jeremy Richardson, liaison Paula Barry

Leader Bio:
Jeremy teaches shop and technology at the Lancing High School. At the Wizarding Weekend event on Press Bay Alley, Jeremy was an amazing wizard. In the Generator,he worked all day at the lathe, demonstrating how to make wooden wands.

Children Requirements:
Ages 11 and up

One Session?: One day workshop

Materials Fee: $25.00

Materials Needed:
Taking a ruler, seek and find pieces of wood/sticks that are 1″ to 1 1/2″ in diameter and at least 18″ long. The ruler is to make sure the sticks are straight.

Suggested Preparation:
none

Support Needs:
none

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

 

Arduino Electronic Workshop

Schedule:
On Saturday, 02/27/2016 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
Ithaca Generator

Description:
Build and program a small Arduino electronics project. The exact project is TBD, but will be along the lines of this http://www.instructables.com/id/Magical-Chameleon-Lamp/ color changing lamp.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Greg Armstrong, liaison Paula Barry

Leader Bio:
Greg just moved to Ithaca with his wife (she’s a PhD candidate at Cornell). While living in VA he worked at a non-profit summer camp and planned Arduino, electronics, rocketry and LEGO workshops for a variety of audiences.

Children Requirements:
The class will include a little bit of lecture but will be mostly hands on. Geared for students 11-18 years old. Experience with electronics or programming will help but is not required.

One Session?: Just one class

Materials Fee: $40.00 = $20.00 materials fee plus $20.00 instructor fee

Materials Needed:
None required, but if you have a laptop (any operating system) available it would be useful. We will have some computers available but students will have to share.

Support Needs:
No support required, but parents are welcome to sit in if they want.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

 

Winter Tales

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 01/05/2016 until 02/23/2016 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Location:
B

Description:
In this class we will explore and celebrate the winter season through song, creative movement, story and drama. Each week a new adventure will unfold as we make a winter story come alive with our voices, movement, and imaginations. We might journey through the snowy forest to find the Month Brothers, see how many of us can fit inside a lost mitten, travel through the icy fjords of troll territory to win back the sun, make peace with the Winter King, and collect beauty to warm our family of field mice through the long cold season. Dramatic skills will be introduced but not stressed. Stories have meaning beyond just the words and the events they describe. There are elements which allow the listener to connect to their hearts, their community and the world around them, and our class will aim to nurture these connections. Class format will vary, but a typical flow will begin with song and movement; singing songs with gestures and interactive games related to the story of that day or its culture of origin, then reading a winter-themed tale and becoming the characters, reenacting it according the children’s creative inspirations. We hope that this journey together into the mystery and magic of Winter will kindle a warmth that lasts through the cold season and beyond!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Troye Platt and Leah Takahashi

Leader Bio:
Troye has always loved a good tale well-told by a cozy campfire. As an elementary cooperative teacher for six years, and then a homeschooler offering classes to the community, she has created and taught several classes exploring the magic of stories through drama, art, and writing. Dramatic adventures are one of her favorite things to share with kids. Leah has over 10 years of educational programming experience, 6 years teaching ESL in an elementary school in Japan, most of which was done in an ETM format (Education Through Music). She was part of a semi-pro street dance team in Japan for 3 years and has been teaching yoga since 2007. She finds a lot of joy in making music, singing, dancing, playing and just being silly in general and hopes joy will find its way to the kids too.

Children Requirements:
5-8 This is a pretty firm guideline, but Ask if you have a younger student who you think could keep up with the others

One Session?: try to attend most classes; we’ll understand if there is an occasional need to be absent. Please try to be on time; since class is only 1 hour we’ll be starting promptly.

Support Needs:
A parent who can entertain and/or chase Yuki around when necessary would be wonderful. This can be a rotating role.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 15

 

Mindful Awareness

Schedule:
On Wednesday, 03/09/2016 from 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Description:
Mindful Awareness, or Mindfulness, is a way of being in the world that allows one to maintain a centered, peaceful, clear state of consciousness. In this workshop we will explore Mindful Awareness and its potential benefits in our lives. These benefits can include a greatly enhanced sense of well-being and a significant reduction of stress. The workshop will include a presentation of key concepts which are the building blocks of Mindful Awareness. This will be followed by the teaching and practice of a variety of specific mindfulness techniques, including ones for specific situations. Each participant will go home with a toolkit of skills that they can continue practicing and developing. Parts of this workshop will require the ability to maintain quiet focus for up to 30 minutes at a time. There will be a 10 minute break after every half hour. There will also be opportunities for less structured discussion, comments, and questions. During some parts of the workshop we will use a variety of guided meditation and guided imagery processes for learning and practicing skills.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
JoAnn Horton- Leader, Barbara Horton- Liaison

Leader Bio:
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with much experience as a therapist in the mental health realm. In my work I often teach mindfulness skills and other techniques for enhancing mental wellness. I include guided imagery, meditation, and other experiential techniques in the teaching process.

Children Requirements:
Ages 10 and up. Participants will need to maintain relaxed, quiet concentration for up to 30 minutes at a time. The workshop will include periods of lecture, discussion, and skill building through guided meditation and visualization. Contact the instructor for possible age exceptions. Parent presence is fine but not required. Younger siblings should not be in the room.

One Session?: Please plan to attend the entire 3 hour workshop.

Materials Needed:
Optional: depending on the room, if the floor can be sat on/laid down on, folks can bring a pillow, cushion, yoga mat, and/or blanket, etc. to use during guided processes if they prefer to sit or lie down on the floor rather than sit in a regular chair.

Suggested Preparation:
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 15

 

People’s History of the United States

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 01/06/2016 until 02/24/2016 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
B

Description:
**YEAR-LONG CLASS** A reminder to those enrolled in YPHUS: You should select this class again for enrollment this time around. You have already committed to being in the class the full year, but it makes it easier on the Enrollment Coordinators. When you rank it, you MUST rank it with the same number you ranked it to get in. For example, if you gave it your 2 in the fall, it will retain your 2 for the rest of the year. If you don’t know what you ranked it last session, please check with Enrollment to keep them from having to look it up during the actual enrollment period.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Gina Varrichio, Glen Robertson

Min Students:   Max Students:

 

Earth Science

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 01/13/2016 until 03/16/2016 from 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Location:
B

Description:
**YEAR-LONG CLASS** A reminder to those enrolled in Earth Science: You should select this class again for enrollment this time around. You have already committed to being in the class the full year, but it makes it easier on the Enrollment Coordinators. When you rank it, you MUST rank it with the same number you ranked it to get in. For example, if you gave it your 2 in the fall, it will retain your 2 for the rest of the year. If you don’t know what you ranked it last session, please check with Enrollment to keep them from having to look it up during the actual enrollment period.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Gina Varrichio

Min Students:   Max Students:

 

Minecraft Awesome Club!

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 01/08/2016 until 02/26/2016 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
B

Description:
This club will provide young Minecraft newbies and enthusiasts an opportunity to work collaboratively in a shared world. For each session, the group will meet first in pairs, small groups, or the entire group to develop a concept for the day’s build. The group will then use their individual computers in a shared, networked world to collaborate on the build. Each session may be a new project or may expand on efforts from the previous week, depending on the interest of the group. We will be using the “creative” not “survival” mode and will be focused on building a supportive, non-competitive community.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Jeanette McCulloch

Leader Bio:
The leader (Jeanette, Huck’s mom) is tech-competent but no Minecraft expert – we’ll be tapping the expertise of the class participants as we build.

Children Requirements:
7-10 year olds are welcome/contact instructor for age exceptions. Students should be able to navigate the basics of Minecraft computer edition independently.

One Session?: Please plan to arrive on time. Attendance is flexible. There will not be homework.

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

Suggested Preparation:
None.

Support Needs:
If another Minecraft-knowledgable parent would like to help out, I would more than welcome the assistance!

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 10

 

NLLC Youth Credt Union

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 01/04/2016 until 02/22/2016 from 12:05 PM to 12:25 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Help your child develop a savings habit by participating in our very own youth credit union. Research shows that it is not the amount of the deposit that matters but the consistent habit of making a weekly deposit that helps kids develop a lifelong savings habit. Before you know it, your child may be offered access to credit. Help them get off on a solid foot in financial matters. Chores, allowance, bottle deposits, and jobs are some of the ways that youth can have regular access to funds for deposits. Open enrollment.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie, Blake and Liam Terry, Joe Cummins, Alternatives liaison

Leader Bio:
Alison is a director for Alternatives FCU and founded our homeschool branch 5 years ago with Blake and Liam, who have been tellers continuously since that time.

Children Requirements:
2-18

One Session?: Weekly savings deposit.Weekly participation is what builds a savings habit.

Materials Fee: $1-$3. If you need to set up a youth account at Alternatives but you are a member, it is $1. If you are not Alternatives members $3, including a $1 deposit.

Materials Needed:
Deposit, pass book.

Suggested Preparation:
Any stories or online resources about saving that may interest your child.

Support Needs:
If it’s busy a second adult is helpful.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 20

 

NLLC Youth Credit Union Teller Program

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 01/04/2016 until 02/22/2016 from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Be a teller in Northern Light’s very own youth credit union! You will help younger members by filling out deposit forms, verify the deposits of members 11 and up, count deposits, and encourage members in their savings habit. Friendliness, confidentiality, attention to details, and courtesy are all important in this role. So is having fun! We will give away money on Magic Money Day and other Alternatives’ promotional materials.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie, Liam & Blake Terry, Joe Cummins, Alternatives liaison

Leader Bio:
Long-time board member at Alternatives and kids financial literacy champion.

Children Requirements:
8 and up, with legible writing of letters and numbers, ability to add money, attention to details, and an interest in helping others

One Session?: Weekly attendance.

Materials Fee: None.

Materials Needed:
None.

Suggested Preparation:
On the job training for new tellers.Must sign up for the Northern Light Youth Credit Union as well.

Support Needs:
None.

Min Students: 2  Max Students: 4

 

Media Literacy Simulation

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 01/08/2016 until 02/26/2016 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
In this fun but revealing dramatic simulation we’ll learn about the tricky media strategies companies use to target, persuade, obscure, distract, and mislead as we have fun role playing an unscrupulous Marketing agency whose job it is to make toxic slime, among other things, look good. Our clients may include Big Agriculture, Swanky Shoes rockstar sneaker co., nefarious beauty industry peddlers of unnecessary products, rainforest developers, and the proud makers of chocolate-drenched Sugar Fizzpops cereal, and maybe a few surprises. We’ll learn the tricks of the trade from real-life advertising examples. We’ll deconstruct what makes them tick. Then we will use what we’ve learned to make our shady clients some slick ads. While it’s always fun to play the villain the goal will be to emerge with a heightened awareness and critical thinking skills to navigate the various media messages kids will encounter during their lives.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Troye Platt

Leader Bio:
Troye, a teacher, writer, artist and homeschooling Mama, has, like so many of us, been a victim of multiple advertising schemes in her life. She has decided it’s time to get even. She enjoys dramatic simulations, nurturing the naturally brilliant critical thinking powers of kids, and truth in advertising.

Children Requirements:
Geared for 10 & up, would consider 9s if they can focus and absorb the information well. Must be able to stay focused, work both independently and with others in cooperative groups, be willing to share observations and contribute to discussion, record learning in a journal, and be part of a dramatic team effort and small performances.

One Session?: Learning will be cumulative so ideally, attend every week. If you must be absent, let me know and ask for any materials your student will need in order to stay in the know

Materials Fee: No fee but might ask for contributions of things like posterboard or markers

Materials Needed:
A spiral bound lined notebook to keep notes in, pencil

Suggested Preparation:
Over the break might be a good time to begin watching advertisements critically, we might begin class with a group sharing of “aha” moments

Support Needs:
If you parents are at all dramatically inclined or just willing to play, I would love to feature one of you each week for a 5-10 minute impersonation of our client for the week. You will be an unscrupulous sort, giving us the info we need to make your product look good. No obligation if it’s just not your thing, I can source other villains if needed, but please do consider it!

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 14

 

Doctor Who Club

Days and Times:
NO Thursday or Wednesday, don’t really like Tuesday. Prefer Monday to be successive with Mural and Philosophy. Not to conflict with Mural, Philosophy, Media Literacy, Domino Club, Minecraft. Drawing at Johnson, Dodgeball, Puzzles, Circus.

Start Date:1/4/2016

End Date:2/26/2016

Program Time: 60 minutes

Sessions: 8

Location Requirements:
Room B would be great so we have some extra space to role play.

Description:
This class is intended to talk about Doctor Who and do Doctor Who-related projects and games. We will cover all of Season 5 and the last two episodes of Season 4. Each week, you will watch 2 episodes before coming to class (one week will have 3 episodes to watch and the last week will be one episode). In class, we will discuss the episodes and do one activity or game related to the episodes we watched or Doctor Who, in general. This is NOT an official NLLC club.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Skye Entwood (supervised by Aubrie)

Leader Bio:
I really like Doctor Who. I’ve wanted to teach a class for a while.

Children Requirements:
Ages 8 to 108. Students need to be able to watch the episodes ahead of time. Netflix has all the episodes. We will try to arrange a group viewing, if needed/desired, but that might not be possible depending on schedule. Students need to participate in the discussion.

One Session?: It would be helpful for people to attend each week, but it is not necessary. Please let us know if you can’t attend. Do not sign up for this class if you are unable to watch the episodes before class.

Materials Fee: possibly $2 per person

Materials Needed:
we may ask students to bring in materials for the projects.

Support Needs:
If there is any interested adult (or two) who would like to participate in the class, Skye would welcome that.

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 10

 

Introduction to Statistics

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 01/11/2016 until 02/22/2016 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:
B

Description:
Participants will learn basic statistics, including averages and variance assessment, distributions, and probability through the application of basic algebra.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Thompson Terry

Leader Bio:
I teach adult learners statistics and risk analysis.

Children Requirements:
12, some knowledge of algebra and mathematics

One Session?: We will have in-class demonstrations, there may be some homework. Class builds on previous material.

Materials Fee: none

Materials Needed:
notebook, writing implement

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 10

 

Solar Car Workshop

Schedule:
On Thursday, 01/07/2016 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Location:
Date, time & location not set yet

Description:
Preparation for a solar car building competition in Spring 2016.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Thompson Terry, sponsor

Leader Bio:
Father of Blake and Liam. I’m interested in solar power.

Children Requirements:
10 and up

One Session?: TBA

Materials Fee: TBA

Materials Needed:
TBA

Support Needs:
TBA

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 12

 

Introduction to Permaculture Certification Program For Families

Schedule:
Occurs every 2 weeks on Monday starting 01/11/2016 until 02/08/2016 from 04:30 PM to 06:30 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Schedule:
On Monday, 02/22/2016 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Description:
This will be kid-oriented workshops to introduce them to the concepts of Permaculture to get them ready to participate in the workshop series that we will be hosting at Danby Town Hall and our house in 2016.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Cathleen and Eric Banford

Leader Bio:
We have 8+ acres in Danby that we have started to utilize Permaculture practices on. We have gardens, fruit and nut trees, and plans for lots more. Both of u shave taken Permaculture classes, and were excited to learn more!

Children Requirements:
Whole families welcome, younger kids will need parental guidance. We’ll work it out together so everyone can learn.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 20

 

Young Naturalists’ Talks (Club)

Schedule:
On Monday, 01/18/2016 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Schedule:
On Monday, 02/01/2016 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Schedule:
On Monday, 02/22/2016 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Description:
Continuation of this fall’s program but with non-student presenters most likely. We will likely have one presenter per session.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie, liaison

Leader Bio:
Our family enjoys learning about the natural world and I enjoyed coordinating the fall series.

Children Requirements:
Ages 9 and up, though younger siblings who can be focused and quiet can join.

One Session?: Please sign up with the intention to come as we are inviting guests to give their time to us.

Materials Fee: None.

Materials Needed:
A notebook if you like.

Suggested Preparation:
None.

Support Needs:
None.

Min Students: 10  Max Students: 20

 

Public Speaking Workshop I & II

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 01/12/2016 until 01/19/2016 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Location:
Waiting room (dates not set yet)

Description:
Presentation on the 4-H public speaking program for kids and parents. We will also have a parent’s workshop to help kids with presentation. We will consider an expanded program for spring.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie (liaison)

Leader Bio:
Parent of kids who do presentations.

Children Requirements:
8 and up.

One Session?: There will be only two workshops, so please attend.

Materials Fee: TBD

Materials Needed:
TBD

Suggested Preparation:
TBD

Support Needs:
None.

Min Students: 8  Max Students: 16

 

Ecce Romani Latin – continued

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 01/06/2016 until 03/09/2016 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Location:
A

Description:
ongoing latin class

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Suzanne Nussbaum (ej George coordinating)

Children Requirements:
experienced latin students

One Session?: weekly

Materials Fee: instructor fee divided among students – probably $30-60/

Materials Needed:
ecce romani I book, folder or binder, pen/pencil

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 10

 

Library Research Skills Workshop

Schedule:
On Thursday, 01/07/2016 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
Library (actual date and time not determined yet))

Description:
We’ll have a tour and training at the Tompkins Public Library.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie

Leader Bio:
Learning facilitator for two tweens.

Children Requirements:
9 and up.

One Session?: One time event, so please come.

Materials Fee: None.

Materials Needed:
Note pad & pencil.

Suggested Preparation:
NA

Support Needs:
NA

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 15

 

Slow Session

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 01/04/2016 until 02/22/2016 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This will be a continuation of what we have been doing the last couple years. You don’t have to have been part of the the class to join, but please read the requirements below. Inspired by our time playing music with the kids at Irish Arts Week during the summers we will lead a slow session of Irish traditional music. Modeled after music sessions we have attended but in this session we will play slower so everyone can join in.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Ellen Grady

Children Requirements:
This class is for people who know how to play an instrument already and the instrument should be something that is appropriate to play in an Irish session.

Materials Needed:
Instruments.

Suggested Preparation:
Practice your tunes.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 20

Fall 2015 Program Listings

Capoeira for 7+

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 09/21/2015 until 11/09/2015 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
gym

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 11/16/2015 until 11/23/2015 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 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!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Ramadan Muhammad, Instructor; Kristie Snyder, sponsor

Leader Bio:
Ramadan has taught capoeira in Ithaca for ten years, at Southside Community Center, City Health Club, and the Ithaca Freeskool, as well as at NLLC the past two years.

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 if there is still space in the class after the kids have enrolled.

One Session?: Please be on time, and plan to come to every class. If you must be absent, please notify Kristie 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:
none

Support Needs:
none

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 16

 

Great Big Buildings

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 09/23/2015 until 11/11/2015 from 02:15 PM to 03:15 PM

Location:
A

Schedule:
On Wednesday, 11/18/2015 from 02:15 PM to 03:15 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Each week of this eight week class we will take a close look at an architectural monument. We’ll look at it’s cultural context, how it was built, the meaning of the symbolism used, etc. It will be a combination of geography, architectural history and technological history. And lots of fun! Some of the buildings we’ll look at include, the Taj Majal, Hagia Sophia, the pyramids at Giza, he Djenne Mosque, the Eiffel tower, Angor Wat, etc. The class is geared toward the 6-10 year old set. It is primarily a show and tell format with lots of cool pictures and Google Earth tours, where I (as teacher) am doing most of the showing and telling. I’ll be asking the kids for lots of input and the class will be interactive, but there will not be any homework. My goal is to get kids thinking about how their physical built environment has cultural meaning and how to read it. Younger siblings are welcome in the room as long as they can stay quiet enough not to be distracting.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Kristen Brennan

Leader Bio:
I have a masters in Historic Preservation Planning and have been a passionate lover of historic buildings all my life. I love getting kids excited about using the built environment as a source for studying history.

Children Requirements:
This class will be geared at children under 10, but kids who have a sophisticated enough sense of their world to understand symbolism, have a basic knowledge of world religions, who can sit still for an hour. Kids don’t need to know how to read in the conventional sense because we’ll be talking about non-literary use of symbols. The buildings we will be discussing were mostly built during periods where widespread literacy was not common. I will accept kids outside the age range only on the upper level (in other words, nobody under the age of 6 please).

One Session?: Attendance each week is a good idea as we’ll be building on ideas introduced in previous weeks, but students won’t be lost if they miss a class. Please notify me if you will be missing a class as some classes will have materials I will hand out or activities that require pre-planning.

Materials Fee: no fee

Materials Needed:
paper and pencil for taking notes

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 25

 

Lord of the Rings Book Club Part II

Schedule:
Occurs every Friday starting 09/25/2015 until 11/13/2015 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:
B

Description:
This will be a literary discussion and writing class based around LOTR Part 2 — The Two Towers. We will discuss all aspects of the book as we read (or re-read) it as a group, touching on Tolkien’s wider inspiration (linguistics, Old English literature and sagas, various cultures, arms and armor, etc.). We’ll follow our discussion with weekly in-class writing assignments, which will be finished or expanded on at home. We’ll wrap up with a Two Towers-themed party and literary reading for our last class.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Kristie Snyder

Leader Bio:
My entire family loves everything about the Lord of the Rings. I’ve read and written a few words in my day.

Children Requirements:
Geared toward 10+. If your kiddo is under 10 and hasn’t participated in our Part 1, please email me. Kids must have already read (or listened to) “The Fellowship of the Ring” and must be willing to read or listen to “The Two Towers,” in its entirety. Sorry, watching the movie will not suffice, awesome as it is. We will be discussing some fairly mature stuff (war, death, good vs. evil, doing what’s right vs. what’s easy, etc.) in accordance with the themes of the book. Kids needn’t be at a reading level to read it themselves, listening is fine (this is a commitment on the parental side! Audiobook version will work, too!). Kids should be fairly facile writers — able to get their ideas out on the page easily. I’m not worried about matters like spelling and punctuation, as long as it makes sense enough for them to read it aloud. We will do some writing in class as well as at home. Ability to participate in respectful discussion is essential. A *passion* for the book is helpful, but not required. 🙂

One Session?: Plan to attend each week; please notify me if you will need to miss. The reading schedule will need to be kept up if you haven’t read the book before and miss a class. Tardiness is a major pet peeve of mine — please plan to be on time. There will be home reading and writing assignments.

Materials Fee: None; families will need to contribute food and/or props or other activities to our final party day.

Materials Needed:
Please bring a notebook and something to write with. Please bring love for reading and writing! Final party day will require costuming preparation.

Suggested Preparation:
Those who haven’t read or listened to “The Fellowship of the Ring” in its entirety should do so before this class begins. Those who haven’t read or listened to “The Two Towers” (or done so recently) will be asked to read it on a set schedule over the course of the session. (I will try not to jump ahead in what we discuss in class for those who are catching up.) I will send out a reading schedule prior to the first class for those who need to catch up. Even for those who have read it recently, re-reading will be valuable. And again — watching the movie does not equal reading the book.

Support Needs:
None, officially, though I always appreciate parents checking in and making sure kiddos are staying on track. Siblings too young to participate will need to be entertained outside of class.

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 12

 

CLUB- Ice Skating Skills

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 10/28/2015 until 12/16/2015 from 12:30 PM to 01:00 PM

Location:
Cass Park

Description:
Learn to walk on water… aka- ICE SKATE… with ease. We meet weekly during the Cass Park Homeschool Skating on Wednesdays. Cass Park Rink typically opens late October so this will run 8 weeks from Oct. thru mid-Dec. Group instruction covering basics: Balance, Stride, Stops, Turns. All abilities welcome. Beginners will gain on ice confidence & more advanced skaters can challenge themselves (crossovers, tight turns, backwards, etc.). The emphasis will be on FUN!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Barbara Horton & Lydia Doerr

Leader Bio:
We LOVE to skate!

Children Requirements:
All ages

One Session?: Regular attendance is best. Drop in okay.

Materials Fee: The fee for Cass Park is $20 for the whole winter Wednesday Homeschool Skates. No instructor fee.

Materials Needed:
Skates (rental w/fee is available), Helmet strongly encouraged! Snow pants/padding for “bumpy spots”… knees/bum/elbows

Support Needs:
Parent/caregiver on ice support… if participant requires constant contact.

Min Students:   Max Students:

 

Creepy Carnival Planning meeting

Schedule:
On Friday, 09/25/2015 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Location:
B

Description:
Spooktacular Halloween Carnival! Let your inner: Diva/Dragon/Damsel/Dangerous Dude/Dumbo/Daredevil/Deity/Downright Disturbing Disposition… out! Celebrate in style with a Fundraiser for NLLC. ALL members are encouraged to participate. We will meet in advance (determined by Doodle Poll) to plan our Community Halloween Extravaganza. Possible activities include: “Yucky” Bake Sale, Spooky Story Telling, Mystical Maze, Creepy Craft Corner, Pumpkin Painting. I understand there are some devoted Halloween Queens & Kings out there… Let’s make this happen. Carnival date:TBD

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Barbara Horton

Children Requirements:
All Ages

Support Needs:
Membership support for optimal FUN & Fundraising success

Min Students:   Max Students:

 

Investigating Water

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 09/22/2015 until 11/10/2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Location:
B

Description:
Come join us to engage in the scientific inquiry process in an investigation of water. We will pose questions, make predictions, explore and experiment, document what we learn through photos, drawing and writing and have fun! We will read stories or informational text to kick off each session. Hands-on, getting wet experiences will be a part of each class. There will be an opportunity in each session for children to come together to formulate questions, share their observations and plan next steps in a short group meeting. My teaching style is to set up interesting, inviting experiences and support children to build knowledge and skills, through questioning, doing, observing and reflecting.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Julie Coakley

Leader Bio:
I recently retired after a 44 year career in early childhood education. I spent the last 18 years doing professional development, mentoring and coaching with of teachers young children.

Children Requirements:
This class is aimed at children ages five through eight. Children should be comfortable listening to a story or informational text, participating in a short group discussion, engaging in small group, hands-on experiences and participating in off-site field trips to Bolton Point and Cascadilla Creek. Parents are welcome to attend and will be needed for the trips. Younger siblings are welcome.

One Session?: Attendance is encouraged so the children can build upon their experiences week to week. There is no requirement for work between classes. Please call Julie if your child will not be attending.

Materials Needed:
A change of clothes in case they get really wet

Support Needs:
Parent participation in the two field trips

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

 

Art and Play Group

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 09/21/2015 until 11/09/2015 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Location:
B

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 11/16/2015 until 12/14/2015 from 12:30 PM to 02:30 PM

Location:
B,Gym & Playground

Description:
This is an art and play group for children age three to five years. Each week we will have free play time inside in the gym or out on the playground (depending on weather), share a healthy snack (provided), and do an open-ended art project (e.g. painting, clay, collage, print-making, etc). Children are welcome to participate in the art project, or continue playing depending on their interests. Come dressed for some messy fun.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Crystal Buck and Elizabeth Bonini-Stewart

Leader Bio:
Crystal Buck – I have hosted art groups for my kids and their friends for the past four years. I love exploring art with young children, and particularly enjoy open-ended art materials. Elizabeth Bonini-Stewart – I aim to be a life-long learner and, luckily, my 4 children have been great teachers. I believe that all humans need a little more play in their lives.

Children Requirements:
Children 3 to 5 years. Younger siblings are welcome to participate. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or restrictions.

One Session?: Please let us know if you are not able to join us. Texting works great!

Materials Fee: Everyone is asked to contribute $20 for art supplies and shared snack.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 8

 

ASL (American Sign Language)

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 09/23/2015 until 11/11/2015 from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Would you like a chance to practice your sign language skills with others… and learn some new signs to expand your vocabulary? This is a class for students who have already had some experience with ASL to focus on improving their communication skills. Students will be encouraged (but not required) to choose individual projects to translate (For example: a story, poem, song, or a scene from a play).

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Monica & Erica

Leader Bio:
Monica (our wonderful volunteer from FLIC) has taught ASL at NLLC, among other places, for several years. Erica (NLLC mom) has been signing since she was a teenager. We both enjoy every opportunity to share this beautiful language with others!

Children Requirements:
All ages… Must have prior experience with ASL. This is a year-long class (enrollment rating rules for year-long programming apply)

One Session?: Weekly attendance is appreciated. PLEASE let us know if you need to miss a day. This is a year long class with year-long enrollment.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 12

 

Introduction to Permaculture Certification Program For Families

Schedule:
On Monday, 10/05/2015 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
To be announced: we have been planning and are starting to work with a Permaculture Certification teacher that will be available to start the planning process for a program that will work for NLLC. This meeting will gauge interest levels, experience, availability, etc. There will be a cost, so the more the merrier (less cost). For older youth and their parents. We will do a poll of everyone who signs up to work out a best time to meet when the teacher is available. So this proposal is to find out who is interested.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Eric and Cathleen Banford, plus guest teacher

Leader Bio:
We have 8+ acres in Danby that we have started to utilize Permaculture practices on. We have gardens, fruit and nut trees, and plans for lots more. Both of u shave taken Permaculture classes, and were excited to learn more!

Children Requirements:
Whole families welcome, but we will need some people to keep younger ones engaged. We’ll work it out together so everyone can learn.

One Session?: The meeting is just to talk about the class and figure out together how to make it happen. No commitment, and if you can’t make the meeting but are interested, let us know.

Materials Fee: Not sure of fee yet but there will be one

Suggested Preparation:
Durland Alternatives Library is a GREAT resource for books on this topic and so many more. It is at Cornell but open to everyone.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 20

 

Abbot’s Fall Jubilee Feast

Schedule:
On Sunday, 10/11/2015 from 10:30 AM to 02:30 PM

Location:
off-site

Description:
Calling all inhabitants of Redwall and Mossflower! You are hereby invited to the Abbot’s Fall Jubilee Feast, with merriment, food, dancing, and fun for all! There will be a feast featuring a grand cake baked in the Abbot’s honor, singing and tale-telling, dancing, and demonstrations of fighting prowess! To celebrate the origins of Redwall Abby, we will reenact the battle of Mossflower, so pack your weapons and prepare for action! Attendees are required to dress up as their favorite Redwall character or animal, and bring food/drink to share at the feast. It is encouraged, but not required, to help lead activities such as singing and dancing. “Cut the cake, cut the cake, Cut the cake for goodness sake, Me an’ my mate have each got a plate, An’ here we have to sit an’ wait. So cu the cake, say the grace, Let’s get cream upon me face, An’ sticky paws as a slice I take, Oh cut the cake for goodness sake!” There are lots of Redwall recipes online, including http://www.redwall.net/kitchen/main.html We had a grand time at last year’s midwinter feast, and look forward to seeing your furry faces again soon!!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Casper, Felix, and Claire

Leader Bio:
Casper is a huge Redwall fan, Felix loves leading live-action role playing adventures, and Claire wants to invoke some of the magic of past NLLC Classic Children’s Book Club events!

Children Requirements:
all ages!

One Session?: n/a

Materials Fee: possibly $5 to help cover cost of rental (depends on location)

Materials Needed:
costumes, play weapons, food and drink

Suggested Preparation:
Read at least one of the books in the Redwall series, preferably Mossflower

Support Needs:
none

Min Students: 10  Max Students: 50

 

Harry Potter Yule Ball

Days and Times:
TBD – second or third Friday or Saturday evening in December

Start Date:12/18/15

End Date:12/18/15

Program Time: 6pm – 11pm

Sessions: 1

Location Requirements:
Offsite, suggestions welcome. Someplace with a castle-like ambiance, with a large space for dancing

Description:
Dust off your dress robes and come join us for a festive evening full of magic for the littles and romance for the teens! The event will begin in the early evening with quidditch on the lawn, potions, spell practice, magical creatures, and making HP themed holiday take-homes. At 8pm the event will transform into a 12-and-up dance chaperoned by Hogwarts Professors, with DJ and possibly live band(s). This event could either be limited to the homeschooling community + past-homeschoolers + friends, or it could get bigger, with serious fundraising potential. There is huge interest in HP – let’s revel in our love for the HP universe, and raise money for NLLC! I will scale the event to fit the number of organizers and collaborators who step in to help, so let me know if you want to be involved. Let’s start planning now! If I can convince Risley (the castle-like performing arts dorm on North Campus) to host, this could be really amazing!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Claire Fox

Leader Bio:
Claire is a huge HP fan, and has loved leading Hogwarts Summer Correspondence Courses and Quidditch programs

Children Requirements:
all ages until 8pm, 12 and up after

One Session?: n/a

Materials Needed:
costumes, activities to share

Suggested Preparation:
I assume that you have read all of the HP books! Listen to albums by Harry and the Potters so that you can sing along 🙂

Support Needs:
co-organizers

Min Students: 15  Max Students: 100

 

Beginning Painting

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 09/22/2015 until 11/10/2015 from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Location:
Waiting Room

Description:
This class will cover the basic process of painting with acrylic paint. Weather permitting we will be outside discovering how to use depth perception and apply it to canvas. There are many beautiful areas in walking distance. No previous experience with paint needed.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Julia Uticone

Leader Bio:
I have a art degree from the University of Colorado/ Boulder. I have always loved to paint and explore different styles while teaching basic techniques.

Children Requirements:
Age:11 and up. This class is mostly hands on. Demonstrations will happen so listening skills are required. Basic drawing skills are great but NOT required!Students must be able to focus.Parental presence not necessary unless your child requires one on one.

One Session?: This is a weekly class. We will be working from week to week on the same canvas. Students are welcome to take projects home to work on them between classes but this is not required. Notification of missing class would be nice.

Materials Fee: I am working on paint donations. Until or if this happens class fee will vary depending on your child’s appetite for paint. I am putting class fee at $25 – $35. This should cover paint, brushes and canvas.

Materials Needed:
If you have your own set of brushes or easel please bring them.

Support Needs:
I may need help with my youngest who is 4. She loves to paint but may need more of my attention than I can give while teaching.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 12

 

Northern Light Youth Credit Union (2-18)

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 09/21/2015 until 11/09/2015 from 11:35 AM to 11:55 AM

Location:
B

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 09/23/2015 until 11/11/2015 from 01:35 PM to 01:55 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Help your child develop a savings habit by participating in our very own youth credit union. Research shows that it is not the amount of the deposit that matters but the consistent habit of making a weekly deposit that helps kids develop a lifelong savings habit. Before you know it, your child may be offered access to credit. Help them get off on a solid foot in financial matters. Chores, allowance, bottle deposits, and jobs are some of the ways that youth can have regular access to funds for deposits. Open enrollment.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie, Joe Cummis Alternatives liaison

Leader Bio:
Alison is a board member at Alternative’s FCU and has a passion for youth financial literacy.

Children Requirements:
Kids ages 2-18.

One Session?: Weekly participation is what builds a savings habit.

Materials Fee: $1-$3. If you need to set up a youth account at Alternatives but you are a member, it is $1. If you are not Alternatives members $3, including a $1 deposit.

Materials Needed:
Their savings envelope and passbook.

Suggested Preparation:
There are financial literacy resources for kids on the web and some nice picture books for younger ones.

Support Needs:
If we have more than 10 participants, a parent to help manage customer flow might be helpful.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 20

 

Northern Light Youth Credit Union Teller Program (8 and up)

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 09/21/2015 until 11/09/2015 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:
B

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 09/23/2015 until 11/11/2015 from 01:30 PM to 02:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Be a teller in Northern Light’s very own youth credit union! You will help younger members by filling out deposit forms, verify the deposits of memers 11 and up, count deposits, and encourage members in their savings habit. Friendliness, confidentiality, attention to details, and courtesy are all important in this role. So is having fun! We will give away money on Magic Money Day and other Alteratives’ promotional materials.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie, Blake and Liam Terry, Joe Cummins Alternatives’ liaison.

Leader Bio:
Alison Christie and Blake and Liam Terry are the founders of our five year-old homeschoolers’ credit union. Alison is also a board member at Alternatives FCU and is passionate about financial literacy for youth.

Children Requirements:
8 and up. It is great to have a mix of ages among our tellers. If you have a 7 yo with good writing and addition and money counting skills, talk to me.

One Session?: Weekly attendance is important. Please let leader know if you will be absent.

Materials Fee: $1-3 to establish a youth account at Alternatives.

Materials Needed:
None.

Suggested Preparation:
Must sign up for the Northern Light Youth Credit Union as well.

Support Needs:
None.

Min Students: 2  Max Students: 4

 

Club: Mad City Money Simulation (13 and up) and Lunch-In

Schedule:
On Tuesday, 11/17/2015 from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This simulation game is followed by a debriefing session snd group lunch for teens for those who want to linger. Mad City Money™ gives youth a taste of the real world – complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. Mad City Money is approved as a financial education resource for students by the Jump$tart Coalition Clearinghouse, based on the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education. High school students take on the role of an adult in futuristic Mad City. They’re given jobs, income, a family, and debt. The challenge? Visit merchants to select housing, transportation, food, household necessities, clothing, day care, and other wants and needs while building a budget. The credit union has an office in town, too. Mad City Money compels participants to do the math (a proven technique to teaching financial education). They make mistakes – and suffer the consequences of their decisions – in a realistic, but safe, environment. Most participants are surprised to learn “I can’t have a big house and a new truck on my salary and still pay for day care and groceries.″ Once the shock wears off, they reevaluate choices and manage their money effectively.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Joe Cummins, Communityn Development Educator, Alternatives Federal Credit Union and Alison Christie, liaison

Leader Bio:
Joe Cummins oversees financial literacy progams at Alternatives and runs their youth credit union programs. He has delivered this program to high school aged youths in Tompkins County for several years, working with hundreds of local youth.

Children Requirements:
This experience is geared toward teens 13 and up. I hope to offer it annually to homeschooled teens.

One Session?: NA.

Materials Fee: Club fee of $5 for non-members.

Materials Needed:
Lunch.

Suggested Preparation:
None.

Support Needs:
We will need a crew of adults to role play vendors that the participants need to visit. 10 or so.

Min Students: 10  Max Students: 25

 

Caravan de los Amigos

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 10/07/2015 until 11/11/2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Schedule:
On Wednesday, 09/23/2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Location:
Waiting room

Description:
Hola amigos! This Spanish language learning drama will feature hands-on fun with arts and crafts, drama, story, dance, music and games. We will use our imaginations to role-play traveling around to the Spanish-speaking cultures of the world together, meeting fun people and having fantastic adventures, learning some basic Spanish vocabulary along the way. We might adopt llamas in Peru, make tacos in Mexico, learn the flamenco in Spain, help rescue giant tortoises in the Galapagos, and get our rhythm on in Cuba. We will get our passports stamped, shop at local street markets, and practice the conversational phrases needed to meet, greet, and get to know new friends, order food, and much more. Parents will be invited to an end-of-session celebration envisioned by the kids. This can be a 1 session or year-round class, as participants wish.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Troye Platt

Leader Bio:
Troye discovered a passion for creating fun, meaningful learning journeys during her six years as an elementary teacher. She studied Spanish for three years and has traveled to both Mexico and Ecuador. She is excited to share the adventure of exploring other cultures with kids while they learn a new language!

Children Requirements:
This is geared at the 7-9 year old range, and meant to be mentally stimulating, but I will consider younger students if ~ they are excited about being in the class, are willing to practice a bit at home (to bring about feelings of success rather than frustration) can listen well, peacefully participate, take turns when necessary, and all that good stuff that comes with being in a cooperative learning community situation. We’ll focus mostly on listening comprehension and speaking, not reading and writing.

One Session?: The Spanish learned each week will build on what came before, as well as some at home practice, so ideally students will attend each week, but as life happens please just let me know so I can send the practice vocabulary to keep them caught up

Materials Fee: We’ll start with $5 and try to keep the costs low, if more is needed, I hope we will all pitch in with supplies or $ as each of us can

Suggested Preparation:
Having practiced the vocabulary at home in between classes is great

Support Needs:
The fabulous Kristen Brennan has agreed to come along for the ride & provide excellent support for this class! We’re good.

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 16

 

Club: Oktober Sky Rocket Launch & Lunch

Schedule:
On Sunday, 10/04/2015 from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Location:
off-site

Description:
Rain date is Sat. 10/10 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Calling all rocketeers! Please join us for a launch of model rockets. October 4th is the anniversary of the launch of the first artificial satellite into Earth orbit. The launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union in 1957 began the great Space Race. The international activity devoted to rocketry eventually resulted in putting people into orbit (1961) and on the Moon (1969), as well as reusable space systems such as the Space Shuttle (1981) and spaceship Two (2013). Leading up to our own Launch Day, we will hold a repair session to fix already built models needing a safety check before launching. (Note: ALL rockets MUST pass a safety check before launch!) This is a launch event only; it is not a rocket building class. You provide your Estes-style reusable model rocket(s), engines and igniters for your rockets, and any recovery materials. Our launch site is at Dotson Park, Danby, NY (96B South, across from the Danby Town Hall). Bring lunch to enjoy in the park after the launch.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Thompson Terry

Leader Bio:
Thompson Terry is the father of Blake and Liam and a lifelong model rocket builder. Instructor is member of National Association of Rocketry.

Children Requirements:
7 and up.

One Session?: NA.

Materials Fee: $1 donation per family to Danby’s Dotson Park.

Materials Needed:
built model rocket(s), engines, lunch, and water.

Suggested Preparation:
Participants may want to visit www.estesrockets.com and nar.org for information on rocket building and safety.

Support Needs:
X

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 12

 

Club: October Sky Movie Night, Pot Luck, & Visit to Fuertes Observatory (10 and up)

Schedule:
On Friday, 10/02/2015 from 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
October 4th is the anniversary of the launch of the first artificial satellite into Earth orbit. The movie, October Sky, is a biographical tale of real rocket scientist Homer Hickham set in 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial orbiting satellite. A local science teacher, Homer, and high school friends peer up into the clear sky over their tiny West Virginia coal mining town to see the tiny spark drift across the stars. Homer dreams of being a rocket scientist and the story details his learning and experimenting with rockets. The plan is to enjoy a potluck at 5:30pm before the movie, and after we can venture to the Fuertes Observatory on the Cornell campus and see what we can spot in the night sky.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Thompson Terry

Leader Bio:
Thompson Terry is the father of Liam and Blake, and a lifelong rocket builder. Instructor is member of National Association of Rocketry.

Children Requirements:
10 and up is the recommended age according to Common Sense Media, but I am open to parents’ discretion about their child(ren).

One Session?: NA

Materials Fee: Club fee if not a Northern Light Member.

Materials Needed:
Wear a space-themed t-shirt if you have one.

Suggested Preparation:
There are many Sputnik videos on YouTube: Movietone news reels, a NOVA documentary, etc.

Support Needs:
X

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 20

 

Continuing Algebra: Solving Systems of Linear Equations

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 10/05/2015 until 10/26/2015 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Location:
A

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 11/16/2015 until 12/07/2015 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This is a continuation of an algebra class begun in the Spring. For anyone who wants to join the class at this point, contact me to discuss. It is VERY possible to join, but we need to make sure you are either working at our level or can be brought there by some prior meeting. We will continue with linear systems of equations with up to 4 unknowns, solving by substitution and elimination and learning some about matrix methods of solution. Students MUST be SOLID with all arithmetic operations with: a) negative numbers; b) fractions; c) decimals. We will teach by demonstrating at the white/chalk board, sometimes demonstrating on our own and sometimes calling for students to guide the steps. Students will be called on as volunteers but also often called on involuntarily. When called, the goal is that the student either demonstrate comprehension of the particular step or be guided (via our immediate one-on-one interaction in front of the class) to an understanding. A student really needs to be motivated to master the material to be comfortable with this process. Homework will be assigned each week and will be marked and returned. Homework will likely take 60-90 minutes outside of class depending on proficiency and focus. We hope to develop enough confidence in the students with solution procedures to begin introducing word problems in the final week or two of the class.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Kate Wyly and Brendan Wyly

Leader Bio:
Brendan taught an 8-term sequence at NLLC that included this class, moved through basic trigonometry, and finished with Newtonian mechanics (and a final dessert of another term of non-linear algebra that wasn’t part of the sequence). Kate will be participating substantially in teaching this material, and participants need to be ok with Kate leading the class at times with my support. It’s not particularly relevant, but Brendan has an undergraduate minor in math with course work up through differential equations and numerical methods. Kate has always enjoyed teaching, and her understanding of this material is very strong.

Children Requirements:
There are no age restrictions. The last time I taught the series the youngest participant was just turned 8 when we started (and was very successful). The oldest student was of high school age (and was very successful). Students MUST be SOLID with: a) negative numbers; b) fractions; c) decimals; d) multiplication, (long) division, addition, and subtraction with all of the above. This is a highly structured class in which students will need to be quietly attentive throughout the class period in order to be prepared to contribute and interact when called upon. If someone is joining the class sequence at this point, contact the leaders to discuss some early meetings to get up to speed.

One Session?: Attendance each week is crucial. We will try to arrange individual meetings when sickness or travel prevent individual attendance so please notify us as soon as possible if you cannot make a meeting. Homework will be assigned each week and will be marked and returned. Homework will likely take 60-90 minutes outside of class depending on focus and proficiency.

Materials Fee: n/a

Materials Needed:
pencil, paper, and eraser

Suggested Preparation:
If someone is joining the class sequence at this point, contact the leaders to discuss some early meetings to get up to speed.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 12

 

Number Play

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 09/21/2015 until 11/09/2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location:
B

Description:
Exploring numbers and math concepts with story books and everyday objects. Lots of counting and organizing numbers. Adding,subtracting, measuring, comparing quantities and even simple fractions. We will be playing games and creating paper projects along the way.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Valerie Pavan

Leader Bio:
I really do enjoy math, the simpler the better.

Children Requirements:
4-7

One Session?: Information builds on each class so consistent attendance would be best.

Materials Needed:
Paper, pencil, glue stick, scissors and ruler would be helpful.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 6

 

Club: Young Naturalist Series 9 and up

Schedule:
On Monday, 10/19/2015 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Location:
A

Schedule:
On Monday, 11/09/2015 from 06:30 PM to 06:30 PM

Location:
A

Schedule:
On Monday, 09/28/2015 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Location:
A

Schedule:
On Monday, 11/30/2015 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Location:
A

Description:
Join us for a series of interesting talks from Cornell undergraduates and graduates. Our topics will be decided by schedule and availability but may include a water quality presentation, animal architects, an arthropod topic, a skull analysis topic, or others. The presentation list was not finalized at proposal time. We will have a snack, lecture, and brief Q&A.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Alison Christie is the organizer. The speakers will be Cornell undergraduate and graduate students.

Leader Bio:
Alison is a homeschooling parent who enjoys naturalist talks and likes to encourage her kids’ interest in the study of the natural world.

Children Requirements:
If there is space and they are interested and listen well, children younger than 9 may attend.

One Session?: It would be nice to come to all the sessions since the speakers are donating their time.

Materials Fee: Club fee for non-Northern Light participants, $2.

Materials Needed:
TBD

Suggested Preparation:
TBD

Support Needs:
NA

Min Students: 10  Max Students: 20

 

Drawing

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 09/16/2015 until 10/21/2015 from 11:30 AM to 01:30 PM

Location:
B

Description:
The first goal of this class is to create a comfortable fun and supportive space for kids to explore their ideas in drawing. The second goal would be to think about how we see and how we can represent our perceptions in drawing-while also telling a story, creating a mood etc. I will organize our drawing projects based on feedback from participants and according to their interests and questions. We will draw outside, inside, still life, landscape, tell a story possibly in multiple drawings, draw from memory, imagination and abstractly…. I have always included some discussions in art classes. This session I’d like to have more discussions and have kids choose drawings to share with the group, developing their visual language and to introduce the Elements (Line, shape/form, color, value, texture, space/perspective) and Principles (pattern, rhythm/movement, proportion/scale, balance, unity, emphasis). We will also look at the work of other artists, historical and contemporary. Since this class will (hopefully) be scheduled in the Wednesday block at the time that ice skating will happen later in the session, I will plan to begin early and also possibly do some drawing with whoever is interested during ice skating (at Cass park) even if it is just for part of the time. We can draw outside if the weather is nice or even draw the ice skaters? NOTE The main focus of this class will be on making drawings. The discussion will be secondary. I am hoping this class will lead into a class I am possibly planning for winter that will focus on writing and painting/drawing. Also we will explore different drawing materials pencil, color pencil, charcoal, ink…

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Jessica Warner

Leader Bio:
Most of you know I am a working artist, spending a lot of my time making drawings and paintings. I show my work in galleries (and now I can add museums!) locally and regionally. I also do have a BFA in painting and drawing. I love working with kids and supporting their growing understanding of the world through art.

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Children Requirements:
10 and up. I feel like there is generally a shift in the way kids want to approach drawing at this age. I’d like for kids to be able to focus for extended times and to feel playfully serious about their work. Speak to me if you have a 9 and under that is interested. parent presence not required. If parents want/need to be present, I will request that there be a respectful quiet and no loud chatting as that will be distracting to your focused kids. If we are working outsidet I’d like to have a few parents present.

One Session?: If you can’t make it in the first few weeks that will begin before the session starts officially, that is fine, come when you can those weeks.

Materials Fee: ~$5

Materials Needed:
possibly I might ask kids to have a sketchbook

Min Students: 5  Max Students: 12

 

Animal Bio and Bio Concepts

Schedule:
Occurs every Monday starting 10/05/2015 until 11/09/2015 from 12:45 PM to 01:45 PM

Location:
A

Description:
This class is divided into 2 parts. The first part is the presentation class on Animal Biology, a continuation from the previous sessions. We are going to study Phylum Echinodermata through research and presentations by the students on assigned topics. Each student will do a one-time slide presentation and a class discussion for 20 min. The presenting student will also prepare a short quiz for the class to test how well he/she was able to impart the topic presented. I would like to introduce more biological concepts and terms esp. on Plant Biology, Ecology etc. hence the second part of the class is a ~15min media presentation ( I would like to start with films by David Attenborough), followed by a discussion of the covered Biology concepts. Note-taking is imperative for both parts of the class (bring notebooks and writing implements) as well as participation in the discussion. Students must prepare a slide presentation, a laptop for the presentation is needed.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Angel Caoile

Children Requirements:
12 and up or by permission

One Session?: Attendance is a must.

Materials Fee: None

Materials Needed:
Notebook, writing implement, laptop for presentation.

Suggested Preparation:
Topics will be assigned.

Support Needs:
Set-up of projector and boards appreciated.

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 12

 

Ecce Romani Latin – continued

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 09/29/2015 for 10 times from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
year long class with closed enrollment

Leader and Co-Leaders:
ej George (organizer), Suzanne Nussbaum or other (depending on scheduling)

Children Requirements:
minimum 1 year latin experience

One Session?: weekly is best, there will be homework

Materials Fee: instructor fee divided among students – probably $30-60/

Materials Needed:
writing utensil, binder for worksheets, textbook

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 12

 

Earth Science

Schedule:
On Wednesday, 12/02/2015 from 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Location:
B

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 09/23/2015 until 11/18/2015 from 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Location:
B

Description:
This is a YEAR-LONG, inquiry-based science program based on the Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding curriculum by Bernard Nebel. Earth Science can be seen as consisting of four main topic areas: geology, meterology, oceanography, and astronomy. Lessons consist of dialogue between students and instructor and hands-on exploration. The aim is to pique curiosity and provide experience in scientific thinking. Instead of being taught with a top-down method, students will be empowered to observe closely and exercise rational thinking skills to arrive at logical conclusions (and further questions). The goal is to build a systematic framework of knowledge and understanding of earth science, with forays into related material in physics, chemistry, and biology. Students will maintain a science notebook with observations, diagrams, etc.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Gina Varrichio

Leader Bio:
Unqualified, enthusiastic, lecture-leaning with a strong desire to make magical things seem even more magical through understanding them.

Children Requirements:
10+. Geared for grades 5-9. They must be interested in conceptual understanding rather than superficial knowledge – they should have a desire to delve deeper, formulate questions, and seek answers. They need to be comfortable with lengthy group discussion.

One Session?: You should plan to be there every week and arrive at the start of the class.

Materials Fee: $5 per enrollee for supplies

Materials Needed:
Pouch with basic classroom supplies (pencil, pen, scissors, glue stick, ruler, eraser, etc.), folder and notebook.

Suggested Preparation:
This will be determined week to week.

Support Needs:
I will likely need at least 1 other parent (though possibly 2) to assist with activities.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 14

 

People’s History of the United States

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 09/23/2015 until 11/11/2015 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Location:
B

Description:
This YEAR-LONG class will be a U.S. History course for middle schoolers and early high schoolers. We will draw primarily from A Young People’s History of the United States and Voices of A People’s History of the United States. From Amazon: A Young People’s History of the United States brings to U.S. history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals. There will be a multi-page reading assignment from one or both books, a critical thinking exercise to be done outside of class, and a writing assignment each week. Class time will consist of some basic review, the presentation of new or additional information, class discussion on the subject matter, possible presentation of homework and ensuing discussion, and projects and activities that allow participants to expand on their knowledge of a topic and really think it through.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Gina Varrichio and Glen Robertson

Leader Bio:
There’s too much to say about us to fit it in this little space… but little of it’s applicable.

Children Requirements:
10+. The intended age range for the written material is middle school to early high school. Some of the material discusses pretty heavy subjects without much watering down. Participants need to be prepared to do some critical thinking and communication their thoughts on various subject matter.

One Session?: This class meets every week, and we expect anyone enrolling to commit to every week. If you feel like you don’t want to be at NLLC when the whether is sunny and 70 or when you wake up feeling lazy, this is not the class for you. YOU MUST BE ON TIME FOR THIS CLASS.

Materials Fee: None (but see materials)

Materials Needed:
REQUIRED TEXTS: A Young People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn and Rebecca Stefoff (Vols 1 & 2 or a single volume of the full history) Voices of a People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove Prices for the above texts vary wildly when purchased used. The average price seems to be around $5 per volume plus S&H.

Support Needs:
Glen and Gina will co-teach the class, counting for the necessary “2 adults” in the room. Parents are expected to adhere to NLLC supervision rules, but are not needed in the classroom.

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 14

 

11/9 Healthy Relationship Workshop

Schedule:
On Monday, 11/09/2015 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
What does healthy love look like? How do you distinguish between thoughts and feelings? This 2 hour workshop will help participants explore this is an open discussion format with local psychotherapist Dianea Kohl. Dianea has published a number of books, and has been seeing clients for nearly 30 years. For more informationon her work, visit her website: http://makereallove.com

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Dianea Kohl supported by Eric Banford

Leader Bio:
Dianea is a psychotherapist in private practice in Ithaca, NY. Graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Nursing, then a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University in 1985.

Children Requirements:
no limits, whole families welcome

One Session?: one time

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 20

 

9/28 Paper making workshop

Schedule:
On Monday, 09/28/2015 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
9/28 Paper making workshop – we will bring paper pulp and explore different ways to make a work of art with handmade paper

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Eric and Cathleen Banford

Children Requirements:
no age limits but under 10 needs a parent present to supervise

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 20

 

10/19 Photography workshop

Schedule:
On Monday, 10/19/2015 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Location:
A

Description:
10/19 Photography workshop – short time in the classroom going over photography basic, and then right out in the field to take some brilliant pictures!

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Eric and Cathleen Banford

Children Requirements:
no age limits but under 10 needs a parent present to supervise

Min Students: 3  Max Students: 20

 

Simple Science Fun

Schedule:
Occurs every Tuesday starting 09/22/2015 until 11/10/2015 from 02:15 PM to 03:15 PM

Location:
B

Description:
This class will be focused on science experiments to include sink/float (buoyancy), electrical currents, chemical exploration, water hydraulics and much more !

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Stephanie Schrader

Leader Bio:
NA

Children Requirements:
4-8

One Session?: Does not matter

Materials Fee: None

Materials Needed:
None

Suggested Preparation:
None

Support Needs:
None

Min Students: 4  Max Students: 10

 

Basketball

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 09/23/2015 until 11/11/2015 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM

Location:
gym

Schedule:
Occurs every Wednesday starting 11/18/2015 until 12/09/2015 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.

Leader and Co-Leaders:
Bob Nape,instructor; Paula Barry sponsor

Children Requirements:
This class is for children ages 8 years and up. The class requires students to focus and take directions,to give the instructor their full attention, to show respect and listen when the instructor is talking. This is a casual program for children 8 years and up who would like to learn to play basketball or who already play and would like to practice and learn more. Please contact the instructor/sponsor for age exceptions. Please provide Paula Barry/sponsor with the appropriate/current/accurate phone/cell number(s) in order to create an emergency phone list .

Materials Fee: none

Min Students: 6  Max Students: 14