Winter-2020-Schedule-1

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First Hour – 10:00 – 10:55

Karate

This class is designed to teach self-defense, improve self-confidence, teach non-violent problem solving, and be a physical workout that engages all of the major muscle groups. This form of martial arts is unique in the sense that it uses basic principles from biomechanics, sports medicine, and kinesiology. These sciences are applied to make sure that students are learning effective techniques that are not telegraphed, and regardless of how often or long and individual is practicing, it won’t cause joint damage (which is commonly associated with traditional styles of martial arts). 

Instructor: Black Belt Academy

Grade K-5 

Tuition: $125

Story Drama

Students who like to use their imaginations will love this class.  We will use short children’s stories of different genres as the basis of some improvisation.  As the story is read, the children make up characters – either from the text or of their own creation – and get to talk and interact as their characters.  They will get the opportunity to not only act, but also to problem-solve, answer open-ended questions, draw, and create imaginary worlds. 

Instructor: Alexandra Moore

Grade: K-2

Tuition: $95.00

Creative Writing 

In this Creative Writing class, we will explore a variety of writing techniques to bring out your expressive side: various forms of poetry, short stories, songs, personal memoirs, short fiction, and plays.  We will work on understanding each form and try our hand at creating some of each type. Students in this class should already be able to write neatly and clearly in full sentences and be willing to write regularly in class each week.

Instructor: Sarah DePriest

Grade: 3-5 and 6-12

Tuition: $120

Mixed Media Art 

Mixed Media refers to creating artwork that combines tradition art media- like charcoal, inks, and acrylic- in a new creative way. Mixed Media works are as varied as the mediums and artists themselves, and this Mixed Media class is no different!  Students will follow along and experiment with Tina, as she demonstrates all sorts of techniques and different medium combinations.

Instructor: Tina Hotchkiss

Grade: 6-12

Tuition: $130

Second Hour – 11:00 – 11:55

Exploring the World of Color

This multimedia art class is appropriate for the young artist and will expand their imaginations in a fun filled way. Students will explore color by creating artworks with markers, color pencils, watercolor, tempera paint, and pastels.

Instructor: Tina Hotchkiss

Grade: K-3

Tuition: $130

WeDo Robotics

This course introduces young students to the electronics and programming of robotics. At an early age students will be encouraged to process and develop their higher level thinking skills. Using an easy-to-use set, students build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors. They will program their models just like other robotics curriculum.  Through hands-on activities students will explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based projects while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as language and literacy.

Instructor: Brain Monkeys

Grades: K-2

Tuition: $130

Biology with Dissection 

We will be studying organisms starting from the smallest atoms and DNA all the way up to the largest creatures and kingdoms and classes of living things!  This group will include a lot of weekly hands on experiments and will work up to dissection of owl pellets and frogs later in the semester.

Instructor: Sarah DePriest

Grade: 3-5

Tuition: $130

Chess Club

This course will walk you through the fundamentals of chess, by giving you a good foundation that you will be learning in a step by step approach.

It will not be limited to the basics, as it will tackle as well the different chess phases, from opening, to middle game and endgame. You will learn chess strategy and chess tactics and will practice them through additional exercises.

Join us and let’s learn, strategize and play chess!

Instructor: Katie Tilton

Grade: 3+ (younger with instructor permission)

Tuition: $60

Sewing 201 

Making a quilt with a sewing machine.  Need to have taken Sewing 101, or have experience using a sewing machine.  Will start with quick refresher on using a sewing machine, then learn how to design, cut and piece together a quilt top.  We’ll then finish it off with backing, batting and learning how to stitch through all 3 layers. If time allows, we’ll move onto making small zippered pencil cases.  Students need to bring their own sewing machine, toolbox/pencil case scissors and pins. They may also bring in their own fabrics, or select from a variety instructor will provide.  

Instructor: Becky Grover

Grade: 6-12

Tuition: $105.00

Shakespeare on Stage

Want to learn more about Shakespeare?  Love to act? We will begin the semester by reading and acting out an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s plays (to be determined based on the number of students registered).  This will be in the original language, but will be shorter than the full-length play. Copies will be given out in class and are included in the class price. Some time will be spent making sure students understand the plot as well as the motivations behind each character’s actions.  We will then work on preparing a performance-version of the play, either using the abridged version we read, or a modernized one (students will vote). Students are expected to memorize their lines. Because we are reading original Shakespearean language orally, all students should have strong reading and comprehension skills.  We will also spend a little time learning about the theater and daily life in Shakespeare’s England.

Instructor: Alexandra Moore

Grade: 6-12

Tuition: $105.00

Third Hour – 12:30 – 1:25

Magic School Bus Science Laboratory

Come join us as we explore the sciences with Ms. Frizzle and her class.We’ll read some books, watch some episodes, and do some experimenting! Lots of fun chemistry, a bit of physics, and who knows what else…. 

Instructor: Brain Monkeys – Nerida Bridgford

Grade: K-2

Tuition: $120

Junkyard Wars: Chain Reaction

What happens when dominos are lined up and then one is knocked over? It causes a chain reaction and the other domino’s fall one by one! What if we were to create a MASSIVE chain reaction? We could use dominos, marbles, string, cups and lots of other household supplies! Did you know that this type of chain reaction can also be called a Rube Goldberg Machine? In this camp we will learn all about Rube Goldberg and how to build an epic chain reaction that everyone will be talking about! 

Instructor: Brain Monkeys

Grade: 1-3

Tuition: $95

Physical Fitness 

Ann Arbor’s premier gymnastics club will provide specialized equipment, including tumbling mats, balance beams, mini bar, wedges and octagon, vaulting, and much more! Older students will participate in strengthening their body through fun physical fitness activities and cooperative games. Throughout the semester physical fitness will be monitored and periodically evaluated. Students will be taught basic fitness drills they can use at home and tumbling skills such as: forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels, and handstands. Come join in the fun while getting into shape! 

Instructor: Gym America

Grade: 4+

Tuition: $125

Hand Sewing 

Learn how to hand stitch as we make small stuffed animals, wrist bands, and cross-stitched ornaments.  If time allows, we will as a group decide on additional projects. Towards the end of the semester, the instructor will bring in a sewing machine to demo. Students will need to bring in small toolbox/pencil case, scissors and pins.  All other materials provided.

Instructor: Becky Grover

Grade: 3-5

Tuition: $105

Art Journaling 

Many people all around the world enjoy art journaling – and as students explore more into this fun and good-for-your-happiness activity, they will find there all sorts of styles out there. This class is full of activities to learn how to create an art journal.

Instructor: Tina Hotchkiss

Grade: 4-6

Tuition: $130

Can you run the Government? 

In this class, you will actively participate in creating a government. For example, in a role-play exploration of the roots of democracy, students take on the role of the government, the people, and mediators, where mediators try to work out a compromise between the demands of the people and the demands of government leaders. Among the other activities: an “Independence or Not?” debate; writing and trying to pass a bill; and dramatizing a cabinet meeting.

Instructor: Alexandra Moore

Grade: 6-12

Tuition: $95.00

Fourth Hour – 1:30 – 2:25

Gymnastics

Ann Arbor’s premier gymnastics club will provide specialized equipment, including tumbling mats, balance beams, mini bar, wedges and octagon, vaulting, and much more! Students will gain focus, fitness, strength, flexibility, confidence, and self-esteem. Join us for the fun. Grades accepted: K-3 (4 year old students are welcome if Mom stays) Attire: shorts or warm-up pants and a t-shirt. A leotard is optional. Bare feet—no socks or tights.

Instructor: Gym America

Grade: K-3

Tuition: $125

Put-on-a-Play 

Young aspiring performers will get a chance to perform for their parents and friends as we put on a show!  We will use a mixture of pre-written scripts/stories and class-generated ideas to come up with some short mini-plays to present at the end of the semester.  Class will also include warm-up drama games and activities and learning basic theater skills like projection and enunciation. To best learn lines, some memorization work at home will likely be needed.

Instructor: Alexandra Moore

Grade: K-2

Tuition: $95.00

Level 2 Spanish

Students learn language through a progression of Partner Conversations which is the foundation of a communicative approach. Students will have written and interactive activities and reinforce the vocabulary and structures used in the conversations. A very balanced approach, students participate in a variety of activities, including writing, listening comprehension activities, vocabulary exercises, and speaking practice.

Instructor: Miriam DelValle

Grade: 3-12

Tuition: $145

Welcome to Hogwarts                   

Exploring the Wizarding World, through a Muggle lens. A bit of everything: Transfiguration, Charms, Potions, History of Magic, Astronomy, Herbology, and Defence Against the Dark Arts. Plus all the Fantastic Beasts, & Quidditch(!). We’ll do some experiments, some art, some craft, some astronomy & biology, & (maybe) a bit of sport. Who doesn’t want their own wand? Everyone probably knows their Hogwarts House, but do you know where you’d end up at  Ilvermorny? Let’s find out!

Instructor: Nerida Bridgford

Grade: 6-12

Tuition: $125

Galloping the Globe 

This is a wonderful introduction to world geography using literature, arts and crafts, and a student notebook approach while studying various countries on each continent.  During the 12 week semester, we will learn about population, flags and the meaning behind them, world history, industry, and culture. Students will commit to memory the continents and major oceans of the world.  There will be some taste testing of different foods from other nations.

Instructor: Sarah DePriest

Grade: 3-5

Tuition: $120

Fifth Hour – 2:30 – 3:25

Level 1 Spanish

By means of tunes, which are recognizable and easily learned, children will naturally embrace the language with ease and enjoyment. Fundamental understanding is enhanced by the addition of movement, masks, and puppets. Children will be introduced to folktales from Latin American countries. We will also do arts and crafts related to Latin American countries. My goal is to engage my young learners in singing and speaking Spanish!

Instructor: Miriam DelValle

Grade: K-6

Tuition: $145

Schoolyard Games 

Together we will learn and play all the classic schoolyard games: tag, relay races, capture the flag, kickball, foursquare, hopscotch, Mother May I, sharks and minnows, Simon Says, red light green light, jump rope, dodgeball, and many more!! Students should bring a water bottle to class each week and plan to be outside when the weather is nice.

Instructor: Sarah DePriest

Grade: K-2

Tuition: $60

Competition Level Robotics

Want to learn how to program a robot to accomplish challenges that are competition level? Interested in competing in a robotics competition like Chibotica, Robofest or the Canadian International Robot Games?

In this course, students will learn some advanced coding and complete challenges that can be seen in robotics competitions.  We will also talk about what competitions are out there and if there is interest, learn how to form a team and compete!

Students may use the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics kits for this class but we may also explore other coding and robot options if there is interest.

This course is for series robotics students who are interested in learning more advanced programming.  All levels of experience can join this course but students who do not take this class seriously or do not use their time wisely, may be asked to leave.

Instructor: Katie Tilton

Grades: 6-12

Tuition: $130

Shakespeare for Kids

Once again, we will take on a Shakespearean play, still abridged and modernized and definitely funny!  Students will also learn about Renaissance England and Shakespeare and his works, as well as working on theatrical skills as we work to present a performance at the end of the semester.  Memorizing lines is not required, but is always encouraged.  A fair amount of out-loud reading will be done in class, so students should feel comfortable reading aloud.

Instructor: Alexandra Moore

Grade: 3-5

Tuition: $95.00