Odds & Ends

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ADVENTURES IN AFRICA

Grades 2-4   Class maximum: 8
Jambo! If you thought you learned a lot about Africa from The Lion King, think again . . . here’s your chance to explore a fascinating country filled with amazing animals, fabulous dancing and music, wonderful stories and legends, and incredibly varied geography. You’ll try it all, and construct a jungle to boot!

ADVENTURES IN AFRICA

Grades 3-4   Class maximum: 8-10
Venture into East Africa with a former Peace Corps volunteer to learn about this fascinating region. Explore the geography, go on a safari, try native crafts and games, learn the basics of Kiswahili and meet people from our community who grew up in Africa. There will be a new snack to try each week, as well!

ADVENTURES IN INDIA

Grades 2-3   Class maximum: 6
Exotic India beckons! Experience the variety and vast scope of this amazing country: Try on a sari or turban! Cook some favorite Indian snacks! Play a traditional tabla! Hear wonderful stories!

AROUND THE WORLD IN JUST 5 DAYS

Grades 4-5   Class maximum: 10
Sign up for a smorgasbord of stories, a festival of fun and a twirl of travel! You’ll learn about a lot of different places: Asia, India, Africa, Europe and South America; focusing on different crafts, customs and traditions in each.

EXPERIENCE INDIA!

Grades 2-4   Class maximum: 10
India is an amazing country, with an ancient history, many different peoples and languages, and a long tradition of fascinating songs, stories, and dance. In this class you’ll learn a whole lot about India. You’ll enjoy hands-on experiences like dressing up in traditional clothing, tasting Indian snacks, playing instruments and seeing an Indian film (Did you know that India produces more movies than any other country in the world?)

FORT BUILDING!

Grades  2-4  Class maximum: 6-8

Let your imagination and creativity flow!  This class introduces students to a wide range of fort-building techniques, from the classic pillow and sheet fort to more complex structures like the tunnel-box fort and even the snow fort (weather permitting)!  Each class will include games, fort construction/decoration time, and potential in-fort snack and reading time.  Once constructed, students can look forward to some story time in the forts as well as imaginative play, turning the fort into whatever they want (e.g.: an intergalactic battleship, a submarine, a medieval castle).

GIRL POWER

Grades  3-4   Class Size Max: 8          

What does it mean to be a girl?  In this class we will discuss topics such as: what does it mean to be “pretty”?  Who are our favorite girl characters in stories? Why do girls sometimes say mean things about their friends?  We will draw, sing, write, and reflect on our lives as girls, building bonds and sharing friendship and empowerment.  Expect to be creative, expressive and have fun!

THE GREAT DEBATE: FUN WITH PHILOSOPHY

Grades 5-6   Class maximum: 10
People have been asking themselves the same questions for thousands of years: What is justice? How do we become moral people? How should we behave to one another? What should we expect from our government? And for thousands of years, philosophers have tried to answer these questions. In this course, you’ll learn some of the fundamental principles of philosophy (but not through boring lectures!) With skits, art projects and the basic methods of debating, you’ll really be a part of the discussion. The last class will consist of a real debate on a topic selected by the class.

IF THE CATS ARE GREEN . . . (LOGICALLY SPEAKING)

Grades 5-6   Class maximum: 10
If the cats are green, then will the violin write a poem? Find out in this challenging but rewarding class, which introduces students to the excruciatingly delightful pursuit of logic. Games and puzzles are mixed with formal theory, and the instructor promises “huge globs of oversized fun!” This is a pretty rigorous course, so you should be motivated to really use your brain.

THE MYTHOLOGY OF STAR WARS

Grades 4-6   Class maximum: 8
Centuries of mythic tradition can be explored in the well-known Star Wars trilogy. See how these popular movies (which may seem ancient to you!) encompass a variety of different myths, legends and traditions. Play Star Wars “Jeopardy” and create your own version of a great myth. Both instructors have worked with kids and know a lot about Star Wars and classical mythology.

OLD-FASHIONED EXPERIENCES

Grades 2-3   Class maximum: 10
Do you love reading about how people lived in “olden times?” Are you fascinated by places like Williamsburg or Sturbridge Village? Here’s your chance to go back in the past and learn some skills that are still worth knowing today, like knitting and sewing, baking, and candle-making.

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Grades 4-5   Class maximum: 10
UFOs . . . the Bermuda Triangle . . . ESP . . . the Lochness Monster. The world is full of mysteries that intrigue, frustrate and even frighten us. Explore a variety of unsolved mysteries, examine the wonder and the skepticism that surround them and make up your own mind.

PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE – AROUND THE WORLD IN A FEW DAYS

Grades 3-5   Class maximum: 8
It’s hard to travel much when you’re in school all the time, but here’s your chance to explore some places you might want to visit sometime. Possible destinations include China, Ghana, Mexico, Israel and India. You’ll create a personal passport/scrapbook full of souvenirs from your travels – pictures, stories, songs and music, calligraphy, new words and phrases. . . the world’s the limit! You’ll try some new snacks, too, but don’t put those in your scrapbooks!

THAT’S DEBATABLE!

Grades 5-6   Class maximum: 10
Pro or con – here’s your chance to take a stand and really have people listen to you. This course will teach you to think fast and speak clearly on any subject. You’ll watch college debaters in action and learn to brainstorm and prepare an argument for either side of an issue. The finale will be a full-fledged debate on a topic chosen through brainstorming sessions.

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