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2018 Spring Session

Opening Meeting (10:00 - 10:15)


Period 1 (10:15 - 11:15)


Little Chefs

Target Age Range: 5-7  (4-year-old siblings may also sign-up at parental discretion)   

Class Size: 14

Description: We will begin each week celebrating our "star" ingredient. We will discuss where the food item is from, the vitamins and nutrients it contains, and the health benefits of eating it. Then we will make something delicious to eat using it! Pretty exciting!! Note: Each week will be plant based and gluten free.

Pre-Requisites: None.

Learning Objectives: Students will develop a love for cooking with good nutrition in mind.

Materials Fee (if any): $30

What Materials will be Provided: All food ingredients will be provided.

Materials Students Need to Bring: Each student will be responsible for bringing in their own cooking tools, bowls, utensils, etc. 


4-H Project

Target Age Range: 6-12                

Class Size: 18

Description: The 4-H project gives members the opportunity to direct their own learning. IIn this class students will be guided through the process of working on a 4-H project. They will choose their topic, develop a plan with goals, conduct experiments, do research, and implement their plan. At the end of the spring session participants will share their work at a project celebration event.

Pre-Requisites: To work independently participants should have basic reading and technology skills. For students who are just learning to read parental assistance will be required.

Learning Objectives:  Students will be able to:

- conduct research

-identify topics of interest

-work cooperatively

-share their learning verbally and visually

Materials Fee: $5- this will be used to give the kids a budget for their project.

What Materials will be Provided: Basic Supplies— paper, pencils, paint, etc.

Materials Students Need to Bring: A three ring binder.


Poetry Slam

Target Age Range: 6-12

Class Size: 12

Description: We will be combining poetry basics with artistic expression and an informal poetry tea-time, in order to teach children how to appreciate the written and spoken art of poetry and its many forms.  Children will keep a poetry and art journal throughout the class, and they will have the chance to learn the mechanics and the expression of poetry while enjoying a sharing and friendly experience with other students.

Pre-Requisites: Children do not need to be able to read poetry aloud, or even be willing to. For children who want to, there will be a chance, but it isn't required.  However, children will sometimes be asked to bring in a poem they've found (or written) outside of class, as well as help cooperatively in hosting our poetry tea-times (setting the table, making a centerpiece, bringing in candles, baking a special snack.)  Because this class will work to celebrate everyone's individual expression, children will need the maturity to embrace their classmates written and visual work and refrain from poking fun at something that another child may have worked hard on and/or truly value.

Learning Objectives: Children will learn basic poetry mechanics, and they will understand how the verbal can become the visual in many different ways.

Materials Fee: $12

What Materials will be Provided: all

Materials Students Need to Bring: none


Period 2 (11:15 - noon)


Pin The Tail On The State

Target Age Range: 5-6  (3 & 4-year-old siblings may also sign-up at parental discretion)   

Class Size: 15

Description: Using the Goodnight book series we will explore eight states.  We will play some fun games, like pin the tail on the state, do some math with the state flower,  identify the first letter of the states, and do some exploration like a pretend archaeology dig with famous artifacts from that state.

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:  Students will develop basic knowledge about eight states.  Students will be introduced to other subjects using facts about the states.

Materials Fee: $8

What Materials will be Provided: All 


Book Club

Target Age Range: 6-12

Group Size: No cap.

Description: This club is by the kids, for the kids. They will be reading a chapter book and discussing the section read each week during the club meeting.

Pre-Requisites: Need to be able to read a chapter book, participate in a group discussion of what was read at home.

Learning Objectives: How to self organize as a group, complete a home assignment each week, practice engaging in a group discussion. 

Materials Fee: $0

What Materials Will Be Provided: None.

Materials Students Need to Bring: The book the group decides to read.


Minecraft Club

Target Age Range: 6+

Group Size: 20

Description: This session we will be using a private server in order to facilitate a collaborative group build. We will learn about midieval castles, and the players will have to work together each week to design and construct a period appropriate castle and community. 

Pre-Requisites: Ideally all players will be able to log-in to our group world independantly, which involves signing in with their gamer tag ID and adding our server information to their device. 

Learning Objectives: Learn about medival castles and how to work together as a group on a complex project

Materials Fee: $3

What Materials Will Be Provided: A paid, private server for the exclusive use of the kids in our group.

Materials Students Need to Bring: A tablet or smartphone with Minecraft Pocket Edition installed, with an Xbox One gamer tag login. (If some or all of that made no sense, and even worse it didn't make sense to your kid that plays minecraft, e-mail the teacher for further explination.) 


Doodle Club

Target Age Range: All ages

Group Size: no cap

Description: Open period to chat with friends and doodle, color, and draw.

Pre-Requisites: none

Materials Fee: FREE

What Materials Will Be Provided: Paper, pencils, and crayons. 

Materials Students Need to Bring: Personal coloring books (totally optional)


Lunch  (noon - 12:15)


Period 3 (12:15 - 1:15)


Books & Art

Age Range: 5-7  (4-year-old siblings may also sign-up at parental discretion)   

Objective: Explore children's books and be inspired to create art.

Description: We will have a story time, using classic and contemporary books then create artwork inspired by the literature and illustrations.

Materials fee: $5 per child


Passports To The World 3

Target Age Range: 6-12

Class Size: 15

Description: Grab your passport and take a tour around the World for Part 3 of the popular Passports class begun in our 2017 Fall session.  In this three part class we will be exploring people and cultures all over the world through books, videos, music, art, and food.  Part 3 visits North and South America.

Pre-Requisites: Ability to focus and follow directions, use art supplies appropriately

Learning Objectives: To develop an understanding and appreciation of different cultures.

Materials Fee: $8

What Materials Will Be Provided: Books, Art Supplies, Food

Materials Students Need to Bring: Appx wallet sized photo of child for passport.


Young Entrepreneurs 

Target Age Range: 6+

Class Size: 15

Description: We will introduce kids to the basic business principles and the rewards of entrepreneurship.

In this course, we outline some basic tools and strategies kids can use to gain some valuable experience in starting, managing, and growing a successful business venture. Through easy-to-understand basic principles and a creative approach, we will outline some key techniques that will have a powerful and positive impact on your child’s ability to understand entrepreneurship.

Using kid-friendly design and illustration, we will break down some of the major points of entrepreneurship, so your child can have fun as he or she learns.

Pre-Requisites: none

Learning Objectives: Learn how to start a business venture

Materials Fee: $5 per child

2018 Winter Session

Period 1 (10:00 - 11:00)


Food Science

Target Age Range: 4-7            

Class Size: 16

Description: Come learn about the science behind cooking while making delicious treats you get to eat.

Pre-Requisites: Should be able to maintain focus in a classroom setting for the duration of the class.  Responsible enough to use basic kitchen utensils.  Interested in science and cooking.

Learning Objectives:  By the end of this class the students will be able to explain chemical reactions that take place while cooking food.

Materials Fee: $5

What Materials will be Provided: TBD

Materials Students Need to Bring: Each week there will be specific ingredients and cooking supplies to bring from home.


Money Matters

Target Age Range:    6-12            

Class Size: 15

Description: This class gives participants an introduction to finance. Kids will learn about making smart buying decisions (needs vs. wants), setting goals, budgeting, saving, payment options (cash, debit, credit, checks), investing, charitable giving, and careers and income.

Pre-Requisites: Basic reading, writing, and math skills

Materials Fee: $5

What Materials will be Provided: Everything


Passports to the World 2

Target Age Range: 6-12

Class Size: 15

Description: Grab your passport and take a tour around the World for Part 2 of the popular Passports class begun in our 2017 Fall session.  In this three part class we will be exploring people and cultures all over the world through books, videos, music, art, and food.  Part 2 visits Asia and Oceania.

Pre-Requisites: Ability to focus and follow directions, use art supplies appropriately

Learning Objectives: To develop an understanding and appreciation of different cultures.

Materials Fee: $15

What Materials Will Be Provided: Books, Art Supplies, Food

Materials Students Need to Bring: Appx wallet sized photo of child for passport.


Lunch/Club (11:00 - 11:30)

Since the adults need at least a 30 minute lunch break, but kids typically don't need a full 30 minutes, we have some organized activities planned that kids can do while eating together, or as soon as they finish. (Signing up for an organized activity during lunch is completely optional.)


Book Club

Target Age Range: 6-12

Group Size: No cap.

Description: This club is by the kids, for the kids. They will be reading a chapter book and discussing the section read each week during the club meeting.

Pre-Requisites: Need to be able to read a chapter book, participate in a group discussion of what was read at home.

Learning Objectives: How to self organize as a group, complete a home assignment each week, practice engaging in a group discussion. 

Materials Fee: $0

What Materials Will Be Provided: None.

Materials Students Need to Bring: The book the group decides to read.


Minecraft Club - Redstone Edition

Target Age Range: All Ages

Group SizeAlmost unlimited

Description: Redstone is the Minecraft equivalent of electricity. It can be used to create amazing inventions, such as working computers or factories, once you know the basics. Kids can use Redstone to build their own circuits and learn the basic principles of electrical engineering. Each week the kids will be provided with printed instructions to craft a specific redstone build. Historically, our players enjoy learning from and helping each other. 

Pre-Requisites: None.

Learning Objectives: Players will have learned at least 8 different redstone builds. 

Materials Fee: $3

What Materials Will Be Provided: A booklet with illustrated instructions for our redstone build each week.

Materials Students Need to Bring: A tablet or smartphone with Minecraft Pocket Edition installed, and/or a laptop computer with Minecraft installed. 


Period 2  (11:30 - 12:45)


Pin The Tail On The State

Target Age Range: 3-6

Class Size: 15

Description: Using the Goodnight book series we will explore eight states.  We will play some fun games, like pin the tail on the state, do some math with the state flower,  identify the first letter of the states, and do some exploration like a pretend archaeology dig with famous artifacts from that state.

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:  Students will develop basic knowledge about eight states.  Students will be introduced to other subjects using facts about the states.

Materials Fee: $8

What Materials will be Provided: All


4-H Projects

Target Age Range: 6+                

Class Size: 18

Description: The 4-H project gives members the opportunity to direct their own learning. In this class kids will work on a project of their choosing. Over the course of two sessions (winter and spring) students will be guided through the process of working on a 4-H project. They will choose their topic, develop a plan with goals, conduct experiments, do research, and implement their plan. At the end of the spring session participants will share their work at a project celebration event.

Pre-Requisites: To work independently participants should have basic reading and technology skills. For students who are just learning to read parental assistance will be required.

Learning Objectives:  Students will be able to:

- conduct research

-identify topics of interest

-work cooperatively

-share their learning verbally and visually

Materials Fee: $15- this will be used to give the kids a budget for their project.

What Materials will be Provided: Basic Supplies— paper, pencils, paint, etc.

Materials Students Need to Bring: A three ring binder.


Fiber Arts 

Target Age Range: 7+

Class Size: 12

Description: Learn how to craft with fiber! We will be working with different natural fibers. Fiber art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. It focuses on the materials and on the manual labour on the part of the artist as part of the works' significance, and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility.

Pre-Requisites: none

Learning Objectives: Learn an art

Materials Fee: $15 per child

What Materials will be Provided: all

Materials Students Need to Bring: none


Clean-up Activities (12:45 - 1:15)

(For the children of families who are staying to help clean-up and/or the parent taught a class 2nd period and needs time to pack up and load their vehicle. Because children will be active during that clean up period, so organized activity is preferred.) 

2017 Fall Session

Color, Shape, and Create: Geometry in Art

Target Age Range: 4-7
Class Size: 12
Description: Our littlest learner’s will study geometry and the creation and understanding of shapes through the use of art projects, movement and song, colorful and creative story telling, and fun play.  The course will have a heavy focus on hands-on creation and art, and therefore, it allows itself to add a fun study of colors, as well.  There will be cutting, coloring, drawing, painting, sketching, folding, and lots of messy fun.
Pre-Requisites: None
Learning Objectives: By the end of this class the students will be able to understand shapes and colors and how manipulating both of them can lead to an entirely different result.
Materials Fee: $10
What Materials Will Be Provided: Teacher will provide all materials.
Materials Students Need to Bring: ??Singing voices and ready-to-create attitudes!


Spanish 

Target Age Range: 4-7
Class Size: 10 
Description: Introduce your kids to spanish with singing, movement, books, and play. We will learn greetings and vocabulary related to animals, counting, and food.
Pre-Requisites: None.
Learning Objectives: Learn basic spanish vocabulary.
Materials Fee: $15
What Materials Will Be Provided: Everything- art supplies, toys, books, paper
Materials Students Need to Bring: ?Nothing.


The Science and History of Flight

Target Age Range: 6-12
Class Size: 12 
Description: Learn about the science and history of flight in general and airplanes and helicopters in particular.
Pre-Requisites: Ability to listen to instructions, engage in group discussion.
Learning Objectives: To understand the basic physics of flight and the basic history of man made flying machines.
Materials Fee: TBD
What Materials Will Be Provided: TBD
Materials Students Need to Bring: ?TBD


Fiber Arts 

Target Age Range: 6-12
Class Size: 10
Description: Come and needlefelt a painting, make a coiled bowl, and hand sew a pouch! Being creative and making art is good for the mind, body, and soul.
Pre-Requisites: Needle felting is a fine art that uses very sharp needles. If the child has the patience to sit down and see a craft through to the end, he or she should be ready to try needle felting. That tends to start around the age of 9 although all children are different. If they are completing all sorts of crafts at home this is a good sign. Needle felting takes time and patience. NOTE: No previous needle felting experience is required.
Learning Objectives: By the end of this class the students will be able to needlefelt and coil.
Materials Fee: $18
What Materials Will Be Provided: All needle felting supplies - needles, foam, and wool. Rope and yarn for basket making. Old jeans, thread, and needles to make pouches.
Materials Students Need to Bring: Snacks, water, scissors, a good attitude and bandaids in case they poke their fingers!


Digital Photography Basics

Target Age Range: 10+
Class Size: 12
Description: In this hands on course we will explore the science and theory behind what makes a “good picture” and a “bad picture”, including exploring the basic concepts of aperture, shutter speed, and film speed and how those automatic features in an average point and shoot camera affect the pictures we take. We will get hands on with learning to use light, shade, angles, and framing to take better pictures in our every-day lives. Some photo editing instruction will be provided and assignments will be given to practice those skills on home computers during the week. We will also take a few moments each week to study iconic pictures in history and talk about the power of photography.
Pre-Requisites: Need to have some kind of digital camera (a smartphone or tablet with a decent camera qualifies). Basic ability to take a picture with the camera they bring to class
Learning Objectives:
-Understand how aperture, shutter speed, and film speed work together to make a proper exposure-Use strategies to take well framed, focused, and properly exposed photos with their point-and-shoot digital camera
Materials Fee: $5
What Materials Will Be Provided: Class handouts
?Materials Students Need to Bring: ?Digital camera


Our Bodies

Target Age Range:  4-7yrs      
Class Size: 12
Description: A science course taught for pre-K to second grade level. We will learn about the extraordinary human body, its anatomy, how it works, and ways to keep our body safe. Every day we will read a book, learn about a different part of our body, and complete a craft to take home and enhance our learning for the day, and do a movement song or activity to keep us active.
Pre-Requisites: None
Learning Objectives: By the end of this class the students will be able to identify major organs and their uses.
Materials Fee: $5
What Materials will be Provided:All materials will be provided for this class by the teacher, including the day’s book, crafts, worksheets, posters, play dough and mats, etc. 
Materials Students Need to Bring: Backpack or other bag to take home daily worksheets and crafts.


STEM

Target Age Range: 4-7
Class Size: 12
Description: Introduction to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The children will learn about architecture, force, gravity, chemistry and programming in fun and hands on ways. We will read books pertaining to the subject and introduced to the basics of scientific theory while completing experiments.
Pre-Requisites: None.
Learning Objectives: Exposure to the STEM fields
?Materials Fee: $20
What Materials Will Be Provided: Building supplies and materials for experiments 
Materials Students Need to Bring: ??n/a


Passport To The World 1

Target Age Range: 6-12
Class Size: 12 NOTE: THIS CLASS IS FULL
Description: Grab your passport and take a tour around the World.  In this three part class we will be exploring people and cultures all over the world through books, videos, music, art, and food.  Part 1 visits Africa and Europe.
Pre-Requisites: Ability to focus and follow directions, use art supplies appropriately
Learning Objectives: To develop an understanding and appreciation of different cultures.
Materials Fee: $15
What Materials Will Be Provided: Books, Art Supplies, Food
Materials Students Need to Bring: ??Appx wallet sized photo of child for passport, round container (raisins, oatmeal, Pringles, cornmeal, breadcrumbs)


Artist Inspiration

Target Age Range: 6-12
Class Size: 15
Description: This art class introduces children to the work of 8 famous artists. We will learn about their lives, their style of art and the techniques they used. The children will then have a chance to create their own work of art inspired by the artist. We will cover 1 artist per week. 
Pre-Requisites: Follow directions, safely use art supplies.
Learning Objectives:
1. Identify and name famous artists from around the world.
?2. Learn about different styles of art
3. Identify key characteristics of artists and their work
4. Express themselves using different media and styles
Materials Fee: $20
What Materials Will Be Provided: Canvas, paint, brushes etc
Materials Students Need to Bring: ??Clothes for painting.


The Judicial System (cancelled - did not meet class minimum)

Target Age Range: 12+
Class Size: 10 
Description: Students will learn about the judicial system with a theatrical twist.  After learning the basics, students will actively participate in the court system, with play-acting mock trials and taking on important roles in the judicial process.
Pre-Requisites: Children must be comfortable reading aloud and discussing and respectfully debating topics that not every student will perceive the same.
Learning Objectives: By the end of this class the students will be able to explain and understand the integral pieces of the U.S. judicial system, as well as grasp their importance as a part of the checks and balances in our nation.
Materials Fee: $5
What Materials Will Be Provided: All materials.
Materials Students Need to Bring: ??Pen, scratch paper.


Game Time

For All Ages.
Description: Organized group games. This group will be geared for younger children who aren't ready for running club or yoga. 
Cost: None.
Pre-Requisites: None.


Yoga

For All Ages.
Description: Beginner yoga class.
Cost: None.
Pre-Requisites: None.


Running Club

For All Ages.
Description: Group training toward the goal of running a full mile. 
Cost: None.
Pre-Requisites: None.

NOTE: Running club also meets 1pm on Mondays @ Preston Community Park for a 1 mile run around the track. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and stay to play and visit after running.


Story Time

Target Age Range: 4-7
Class Size: No cap.
Description: Story time. 
Pre-Requisites: None.
Learning Objectives: The group will have practiced sitting quietly and being good listeners.
Materials Fee: $0
What Materials Will Be Provided: The books we read.
Materials Students Need to Bring: ??Nothing.


Creative Time

Target Age Range: 4-7
Class Size: No cap
Description: Organized, quiet crafting time.
Pre-Requisites: The ability to follow instructions, use craft supplies safely. 
Learning Objectives: The group should have 
Materials Fee: $0
What Materials Will Be Provided: ?
Materials Students Need to Bring: ???


Book Club

Target Age Range: 6-12
Class Size: No cap.
Description: This club is by the kids, for the kids. They will be reading a chapter book and discussing the section read each week during the club meeting.
Pre-Requisites: Need to be able to read a chapter book, participate in a group discussion of what was read at home.
Learning Objectives: How to self organize as a group, complete a home assignment each week, practice engaging in a group discussion. 
Materials Fee: $0
What Materials Will Be Provided: None.
Materials Students Need to Bring: ??The book the group has decided to read.


Minecraft Club

Target Age Range: All Ages
Class SizeAlmost unlimited
Description: This club has been requested by the kids with a desire to organize themselves, design their own objectives, and work together on the projects they come up with. Adult direction will be kept to a minimum. Based on past Minecraft clubs, this is a great group for beginner Minecrafters to be mentored by more advanced players. Some of our more experienced Minecrafters have expressed interest in learning to build mods and servers together in Minecraft Club. 
Pre-Requisites: None.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the Fall session the group should have successfully organized themselves as a group, crafted their objectives, and worked together to complete the projects they decided on.
Materials Fee: $0
What Materials Will Be Provided: None.
Materials Students Need to Bring: ??A tablet or smartphone with Minecraft Pocket Edition installed, and/or a laptop computer with Minecraft installed. 

2017 Spring Session

Junior Master Gardeners

Class: Junior Master Gardeners

Location: New London County Extension Center (562 New London Tpke, Norwich)

Dates: Fridays, April 21 - June 9, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Class Size: 25 students 

Ages: 4+

Cost: $ to be determined

Class Description:

Junior Master Gardeners is an eight-week course designed to introduce students to the basics of gardening. The curriculum aims to show students how proper location, light, water, and nutrients contribute to a healthy garden, all while gaining hands-on experience by growing all of the ingredients for an end-of-semester pizza party!

Additional topics include friends and foes in the garden and safe pest management practices. The course will also include a neighborhood cleanup event, where students will have the opportunity to work together under the guidance of Certified Master Gardeners to beautify the 4-H extension center.

More details:

Items needed: planting pots, wine or other bottles to use as waterers, extra seeds.

There will be a Baby/Toddler group for younger siblings (free).
All families will be required to volunteer in some capacity.
Student drop-off may be an option for older students ages 8 and above.


Lego StoryStarters

Class: Lego StoryStarters

Location: New London County Extension Center (562 New London Tpke, Norwich)

Dates: Fridays, April 21 - June 9, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Class Size: 20 students

Ages: 7+

Cost: $0

Teachers:

New London County 4-H Program Staff

Class Description:

From the Lego Education Webpage:

"At the heart of every good story is an understanding of what makes it work. LEGO® Education motivates your elementary students to develop strong language and literacy skills by using a hands-on minds-on approach that motivates and engages them in writing, reading and storytelling.
?

By using LEGO bricks, students can create scenes that become the foundation for writing, sharing and listening. Language arts lessons are transformed into playful learning experiences that build students writing and storytelling skills."

?More details:

There will be a Baby/Toddler group for younger siblings (free).
All families will be required to volunteer in some capacity.
Student drop-off may be an option for older students ages 8 and above.



Legos for Littles

Class: Legos for Littles

Location: New London County Extension Center (562 New London Tpke, Norwich)

Dates: Fridays, April 21 - June 9, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Class Size: 10 students

Ages: 4-6

Cost: $0

Class Description:

We will be exploring math, art, science, and storytelling--all with Legos. Our little learners will tell stories, solve problems, create, practice fine motor skills, experiment, and learn using hands-on, play-based activities with Legos, Duplos and imagination.

More details:

There will be a Baby/Toddler group for younger siblings (free).
All families will be required to volunteer in some capacity.



Running Club

When: Mondays from April 3 - May 22 at 11:30 AM

Where: Preston Community Park (#13 Route 117, Preston, CT)

Class Fee: Free

Materials: Sneakers and comfortable clothing, water bottle

Target Audience: Anybody at any fitness level

Number of Participants: No limit

Class Description: Join us for running club at the park. Kids will complete a mile run around the track followed by a picnic lunch (BYO) and play time.

Class Expectations: This is not a drop off class. Parents must remain on the premises for the duration of the club. We invite parents to attend the class and welcome you to assist with or participate in all activities.

2017 Winter Session

Theater Workshop A (ages 6+)

Dates: Fridays, January 20 - March 24, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM -1:00 PM

Location: New London County Extension Center (562 New London Tpke, Norwich)

Cost: $15/per student

Recommended Ages: 6+

Class Size: 15 students

Class Schedule:
10:30 - 11:15 1st half of class
11:15 - 11:30 Break 
11:30 - 12:30 2nd half of class
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch & social time

Class Description:
This 10 week class is an introduction to theater. During the first five weeks, students will be exposed to the basic elements of theater while putting together a production of the Bremen Town Musicians. 

In the second half of the session, students will have the opportunity to create their own theater piece. They will create a plan, choose their partners, create a budget, make a storyboard and then practice and implement their plans. At the end we will have a showcase of their theater pieces. 

Additional Opportunities:

Theater Rehearsal 
Date: To be determined
Time: 6:30 PM
Event: Watch a rehearsal of the play Tarzan 
Location: Bradley Playhouse in Putnam, CT

Theater Tour
Time and Date: TBD
Event: Take a behind the scenes tour of the Bradley Playhouse in Putnam

Theater Performance
Date: March 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Event: Performance of Freedom Train at the Garde Arts Center in New London
Cost: $8/pp
Link: https://tickets.gardearts.org/show.asp

More details:

There will be a Baby/Toddler group for younger siblings (free).
All families will be required to volunteer in some capacity.
Student drop-off may be an option for older students ages 8 and above.


Theater Workshop B (ages 4-6)

Dates: Fridays, January 20 - March 24, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM -1:00 PM

Location: New London County Extension Center (562 New London Tpke, Norwich)

Cost: $15/per student

Recommended Ages: 4-6

Class Size: 15 students

Class Schedule:
10:30 - 11:15 1st half of class
11:15 - 11:30 Break 
11:30 - 12:30 2nd half of class
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch & social time

Class Description:
This 10 week class will cover 12 lessons created to teach drama to little ones. The lessons will build upon each other and include games, activities, and songs focused on developing theater skills. The class will also incorporate story time, crafts and dress-up play.  

More details:

There will be a Baby/Toddler group for younger siblings (free).
All families will be required to volunteer in some capacity.

2016 Fall Session

Art Exploration

Dates: Fridays, Sept 30 - Nov 4
Time: 10:00-11:15
Location: Lisbon Community Center
Cost: $25/pp
Recommended Ages: 6-12
Class Size: 25-30 students
                       
Class Description:
This six week course will introduce students to a variety of artists, styles of art, media, techniques, and materials. Each week we will focus on a different element of art: color, line, shape, form, and texture.  Students will have the opportunity to do landscape paintings, wire sculptures, abstract art, and mixed media creations. We want students to explore, inquire and observe. This class will be hands on and messy.  We will decorate artists smocks (large t-shirts) during the first class.  We encourage students to wear these shirts to class each week to protect their clothing.

Pre-Requisites:
To participate in this class your child should be able to:
-respectfully take part in a group discussion            
-clean up after themselves
-use scissors and art materials independently         
 -listen/sit quietly for short periods of time
-follow directions                        

Materials:
All the materials needed during class work will be provided.  We do ask that you get your child a sketchbook.  These books can be found cheaply at Walmart, Ocean State Job Lot, or Surplus Unlimited (they are less than $5).  We will use these sketchbooks for at home extension activities and for general exploration.  

Class Overview:
Week 1-Artist Smock
Students will design their own artist smocks using fabric paints and markers. 

Week 2-Color
Students will learn about colors, blend colors, observe colors in the world, and create landscape paintings using their own blends.

Week 3-Line
Students will learn about how artists use line to convey energy and emotion.  We will explore how to make different types of lines using a variety of tools, materials, and techniques.  Students will create an abstract work of art that uses lines and color to convey a favorite activity.

Week 4-Shape
Students will learn about geometric and environmental shapes and how they can be represented in art.  We will make collages inspired by Matisse’s work “Beasts of the Sea”.

Week 5-Form
Students will learn about 3-D shapes or forms.  We will make single line sketches of an object in our environment and use that to create wire sculptures.

Week 6-Texture
Students will explore how artists use texture.  Students will make a textured work of art using their choice of materials, tools, and techniques.


World Geography


Dates: Fridays, Sept 30 - Nov 4                    
Time: 11:15 AM-12:15 AM
Location: Lisbon Community Center
Class Size: 20 students         
Cost: $15.00   
Ages: Open to children 5-12 years old.
    Elementary group: Recommended ages 5-8 years of age.
    Intermediate group: Recommended ages 9-12 years of age.
Course overview:
This is a General World Geography course. 
After the initial first 5 mins of welcome to co-op, the class will split into two age groups in order to more appropriately meet the needs and skills of the vast age range.
  • Groups-
The Elementary Geography group will focus on basic Geography. 
They will be learning about different cultures, maps, navigation, historical landmarks, and lesser known Explores. Each week we will build upon what we learned the week before. At the end of class each week, the children will be able to bring home their craft project to display around the house.  They will also be given a recipe card to take home, with some little known facts for and about a dish from a different country; so that your family can try it at home at your own convenience during the week. This will be considered “Homework”. This is not required, however at the beginning of every class we will ask the children to share what recipes they tried, and what they learned from their experience in the kitchen that week.

Pre-Requisites for the Elementary group:
To participate in this class your child should be able to:
Listen, follow directions, play games with a group, be respectful, take turns, use craft supplies (Including scissors) independently, answer trivia questions, and carry on a conversation about the subjects being discussed.
The Intermediate group will focus on six different subtopics of world geography. Each week will focus on a new subtopic; using and building upon their vocabulary, and the information acquired the week prior. Listed below are the geographical subtopics which we will be discussing.

Week one- Maps.
Week two- Continents, tectonic plates, and the wonders of the world 
( both ancient and modern). 
Week three-Cultural geography, through architecture.
Week four- Historical geography 
            (More specifically we will be focused on the spice trade). 
Week five- Animal geography and Oceanography.
Week six- Paleogeography.

Pre-Requisites for the Intermediate group:
Your child should be able to:
  • Read on their own and aloud.
  • Be proficient in maths. 4th grade level + this means they understand the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
  • Participate in group activities. 
  • Complete take home assignments.
  • Provide oral presentations.
  • Know how to write a five paragraph essay.
We only have six classes together so this group (more so than the elementary group) will be a more in depth look at the World via Physical Geography and Human Geography.
Materials:
Elementary Group-
Tuition covers the cost of Arts and Crafts supplies. 
The only Items we ask that you please bring each week are your own crayons, and scissors.
Supplies of scissors and crayon are limited.
Intermediate Group- Tuition covers the cost of ALL materials.
If you so desire you many bring your own pencils and compass/ protractor sets to use, if you have them. Otherwise these will be provided seeing as how they are necessary for the completion of in class assignments.


Poetry

Dates: Fridays, Sept 30 - Nov 4
Time: 11:15 AM-12:15 AM
Location: Lisbon Community Center
Cost: $5
Recommended Ages: 6-12
Class Size: 20

Class Description: 
This 6 week course will allow kids to explore reading and writing poetry.  We will use the book “Love that Dog” by Sharon Creech to introduce different poets, poetry styles, and famous poems. We will use this book to inspire our own original poems. This is a class for people who love poetry already and for those who don't yet know they love it.  

Pre-Requisites
To participate in this class your child should be able to:

  • respectfully take part in a group discussion    
  • read independently
  • write independently
  • listen/sit quietly for short periods of time
  • follow directions    

Note: If there is a child who is really interested in the class who is still learning to read and write they will be allowed to participate as long as they have parent support.                    
Materials:
I will provide a poetry notebooks (which we will decorate and make our own), pencils, and copies of the book. “Love That Boy”.
Class Overview
Week 1: Read pages 1-11.
Inspiration Poems: Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams and The Tiger by William Blake.
Week 2: Read pages 12-24.
Inspiration Poems: dog by Valerie Worth, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.
Week 3: Read pages 25-34.  
Inspiration Poems: The Pasture by Robert Frost and Street Music by Arnold Adoff.
Week 4: Read pages 35-54.
Inspiration Poems: The Apple by S.C. Rigg and Love that Boy by Walter Dean Myers
Week 5: Read 55-76.
Activity: Sticky Poetry
Week 6: Finish Book - Pick a poem to share


Running Club

When: Fridays 1:15pm - 1:45pm, Mondays 11:45am - 12:45pm, Sept 30 - Nov 4
Where: Lisbon Meadows Park on Fridays, Preston Community Park on Mondays
Cost: no cost
Recommended Ages: All ages                   
Class Size: open enrollment

Class Description:
This club will meet twice a week to go on both long (.5 mi-1 mi ) and short (50m-200m) distance runs.  Our aim is to increase our speed, endurance, and basic running skills.  All running club participants are invite to take part in the HMF Fit Kids Final Mile Run.  The Fit Kid Run will be held October 25th at Rentschler Field.  It is free and a lot of fun.  We will be running with other homeschoolers from around the state. Here is the link for more information: http://www.hartfordmarathon.com/Events/Eversource_Hartford_Marathon/Youth_Running/HMF_FitKids_In_School.htm

Time and Location:  
Monday-  11:45am at Preston Community Park
?Friday- 1:15pm at Lisbon Meadows Park ?



Minecraft Club

Dates: Mondays, October 3 - November 7
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Preston Library
Cost: no cost
Recommended Ages: All ages                   
Class Size: open enrollment

Club Description:
Participants can bring pocket edition devices or laptops with the computer edition. Players will be welcome to game play with each other (on pocket edition) or play on a server or private world while hanging out with other players.

We will do some organized challenges (build battles, scavenger hunts, etc.), but leave free time to simply play or perhaps dig into more significant group projects such as building our own server or learning to code our own mod. 

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2016 Spring Session

Little Literature Club 101

Time: Friday's from April 29th-June 3rd. We will meet from 10:30-12

Location: Lisbon Community Center

Class Fee- $15 This will pay for supplies and materials used during the class.

Class Size: 6

Target Audience: Pre- readers, approximately ages 3-6. This class is for children who are not yet reading or are just beginning to take an interest in reading.

Materials: We will provide most materials needed for the class. We do ask that each child bring basic art supplies-pencils, erasers, crayons or colored pencils, a glue stick, and scissors. If there is anything else you need to bring we will list it in the weekly update email.

Class Description: In this six week class we will learn about story structure, letters and letter sounds, the purpose of print, and share responses to what we read. The class would use games, movement, art, and song to explore the world of literature. A typical class would include a greeting song or game, reading the story, doing a craft or activity related to the story, and doing a closing game or song. 

?Class Expectations: This is not a drop off class. A parent must attend the class with their child and we welcome you to assist with the class or with childcare. There is no required homework. An update email will be sent out each week with extension activities and a preview of the upcoming week.


Little Literature Club 102

Time: Friday's from April 29th-June 3rd. We will meet from 10:30-12

Location: Lisbon Community Center

Class Fee: $15 This will pay for supplies and materials used during the class.

Class Size: 10

Target Audience: Early readers, approximately ages 5-8. This class is for children who are just learning to read. Participants should have some knowledge of letters and letter sounds. They should be able to recognize some personally significant words (like their name). At this stage they should be using a combination of picture cues, memory, context clues and beginning sounds to match words to text.

Materials: We will provide most materials needed for the class. We do ask that each child bring basic art supplies-pencils, erasers, crayons or colored pencils, a glue stick, and scissors. If there is anything else you need to bring we will list it in the weekly update email.

Class Description: This 6 week class will introduce basic literacy skills and strategies as we read, discuss and respond to a variety of books and texts. We will incorporate art, theater, movement, and supported writing as we explore the wonderful world of children’s literature. 
A typical class would begin with a game or greeting, then we would read a book, have a discussion, do an activity or craft related to that book, share our work, and play a closing game.

Class Expectations: This is not a drop off class. Parents must remain on the premises for the duration of the class. We invite parents to attend the class and welcome you to assist with the class or with childcare. There is no required homework. An update email will be sent out each week with extension activities and a preview of the upcoming week.


Note: Little Literature Clubs 101 & 102 will meet in the same room and use the same stories. We will split off for the craft and activity portion.



Minecraft Class

Time: Friday's from April 29th-June 3rd. We will meet from 10:30-12

Location: Lisbon Community Center
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Participation requirements:
- able to play Minecraft or learn how (approximately ages 6+)
- has a copy of Minecraft on a computer at home
- ideally has a pocket edition on a smartphone or tablet to use during class (some loaner tablets will be available, but not enough for everyone)

Class fee: Free to participate on Minecraft Pocket Edition at the library
$5 to join the Minecraft realm so your child can work on team builds from your home computer during the week.

Class size: 15

Goal: Work as a team to learn Minecraft skills and build a village cooperatively.

Description:
During class each week we will divide into teams to practice some focus skills on Minecraft pocket edition. Each group will have a team leader who is an intermediate/experienced player and can help newer players learn and practice the skills for that week. We will also discuss assignments for each player to work on at home during the week and use a laptop to make sure beginners get help with any Pocket Edition vs. Computer version differences that may impact their assignments.

During the week players who chose to join the realm will use their computer version to log on to our private realm and work on their assignments within the village. They may work at home whenever is convenient for them. We will begin in creative mode while building the village and learning the skills necessary for survival, and then switch the realm to survival mode for the final week or two. Players that need help can contact the teacher and/or their team leader by e-mail during the week. Any players who chose not to join the realm can still complete their weeks assignments in their own private world and share their work with the teacher/team leader at the next week's class. 

There will be a significant focus on democratic decision making and team work, and an underlying focus on what materials and effort are required to survive and thrive as a civilization (in Minecraft and ?in the real world). The primary instructors in the class will be the kids themselves, sharing their personal knowledge to help each other learn new things in a multi-player environment. The teacher will be providing support and guidance, and learning a lot about Minecraft along with the students.


Running Club

Time: Friday's from April 29th-June 3rd. We will meet from 1:00-1:30

Location: Lisbon Meadows Park - or wherever the Nature Studies class is meeting that day (will be announced each week)

Class Fee: Free

Materials: Sneakers and comfortable clothing, water bottle

Target Audience: Anybody at any fitness level

Number of Participants: No limit

Class Description: This will be a fun club for practicing and developing running skills and endurance. We will practice sprinting, longer distance running, and some cross country. We will play games, do relay races, and timed runs. Kids will also have the opportunity to set goals and make training plans to achieve their goals.

Class Expectations: This is not a drop off class. Parents must remain on the premises for the duration of the club. We invite parents to attend the class and welcome you to assist with or participate in all activities.


Nature Studies 101

Time: Fridays, 1:30-3:00 April 29th-June 3rd.

Location: TBD (Since we are meeting outside for this class, we reserve the right to move classes around dependent on weather or certain conditions (such as tadpoles developing. Most weeks we will be meeting at Lisbon Meadows Park, right next to the Lisbon Community Center.)

Class Fee: $10

Class Size: 10

Target Audience: Approximately ages 3-6. Able to walk around in nature observing and collecting insect and plant specimens with a group (while accompanied by a parent.)

Materials: Students should come prepared with a magnifying glass and bug collecting kit (Dollar Tree sells them)

Class Description: Nature Studies – Ecology & Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems 
We will loosely cover the ecology and ecosystems of Southeastern CT with a lot of “hands-on” experiences. We will also attempt to collect and identify insects and plants as we study each ecosystem. The intent of the class is for the kids to get a better understanding of the world around them and how we impact the environment while having fun learning. 

Week 1: Overview: Types of Ecosystems & Biomes
Week 2: Forest Ecosystem, Food Chain, Food Web, Forest Ecology
Week 3: Meadow Ecosystem, Food Chain, Food Web
Week 4: Pond Ecosystem, Food Chain, Food Web
Week 5: Streams and Rivers, and Wetlands, Food Chain, Food Web
Week 6: Estuaries and Beaches (Field Trip & End of Session Picnic)


Nature Studies 102

Time: Fridays, 1:30-3:00 April 29th-June 3rd.

Location: TBD (Since we are meeting outside for this class, we reserve the right to move classes around dependent on weather or certain conditions (such as tadpoles developing. Most weeks we will be meeting at Lisbon Meadows Park, right next to the Lisbon Community Center.)

Class Fee: $10

Class Size: 10?

Target Audience: Approximately ages 7+. Ideally suited to students who can stay with the group, gather their own specimens, and generally participate independent of a parent's help. 

Materials: Students should come prepared with a magnifying glass and bug collecting kit (Dollar Tree sells them)

Class Description: Nature Studies – Ecology & Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems 
We will loosely cover the ecology and ecosystems of Southeastern CT with a lot of “hands-on” experiences. We will also attempt to collect and identify insects and plants as we study each ecosystem. The intent of the class is for the kids to get a better understanding of the world around them and how we impact the environment while having fun learning. 

Week 1: Overview: Types of Ecosystems & Biomes
Week 2: Forest Ecosystem, Food Chain, Food Web, Forest Ecology
Week 3: Meadow Ecosystem, Food Chain, Food Web
Week 4: Pond Ecosystem, Food Chain, Food Web
Week 5: Streams and Rivers, and Wetlands, Food Chain, Food Web
Week 6: Estuaries and Beaches (Field Trip & End of Session Picnic)


NOTE: Nature Studies 101 & 102 will start our time together for a brief overview, split off to explore nature as two separate groups, and then re-group at the end to review and share our unique discoveries. ???????

2016 Winter Session

Little Literature Club

We will be reading a book aloud every week to the children and discussing it in the group. We will also do a craft relating to the book and additional activities that cross the curriculum including science, art, and music. Every week will be different.
We will do our best to have different levels of activities for different ages and ability levels.

  • For ages preschool through 8-years-old
  • Fridays 10:30 - 12:30, Feb 5th - Mar 11th (6 weeks)
  • Otis Library (Children's Section) in Norwich
  • $5 materials fee is due at sign up
  • This is NOT a drop-off program, parent volunteers are welcome.

Science Club
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Science Club will explore a different science "mystery" each week. Enrolled children need to be able to write, and have the maturity to work in a classroom environment.

  • For ages 8-years-old through middle school
  • Fridays 10:30 - 12:30, Feb 5th - Mar 11th (6 weeks)
  • Otis Library (Children's Reading Room) in Norwich
  • $5 materials fee is due at sign up
  • This is NOT a drop-off program, parents must stay in the building, and volunteers are appreciated. ?

NOTE: Parents who need to care for young siblings during this class are respectfully asked to enjoy other parts of the library and let parents who do not have young children to care for serve as volunteers.