Mondays Index

Please see our listing of Monday classes below. Click on a listing to see more details and to make an inquiry.

 
 

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Introductory Elementary Math

10:00am-11:30am     Ages 8 -10

We’ll use manipulatives, puzzles, games and word problems to make math come alive! Our focus will be on making math make sense and developing intuition for numbers and other abstract ideas. For this age group, the class will focus on place value, the four operations, fractions, and geometry, approaching these topics concretely and visually in order to enable children to form concrete conceptual models of them. As enrichment, we will gently explore ideas that will serve children in their later mathematical studies. Possible topics include an introduction to algebra, the binary system, negative numbers and combinatorics. 


Mondays Lunch

The Lunch & Recess program offers unstructured safe socialization and play for those children taking classes at Different Directions. Why lunch and recess?  Because children want and need to have space to play and explore.

Different Directions is continuing our organized drop-off program. The weekly schedule is  set up by age and interest so families can enjoy our social, academic and creative enrichment programs in a way that best serves their needs. This includes an organized lunch and recess time facilitated by a DD-collective member and supported by volunteer parents. The lunch and recess scheduled into each day will give children time to eat and exercise, as well as the proper rest that will allow them to best enjoy their day. In addition, the drop-off option provides parents the opportunity for time to do activities on their own. Different Directions has a parent lounge with internet, so parents/care givers can stay, should they choose.


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Life Science (BS Zoology, MS Physiology/Developmental Biology)

10:00am-12:00pm     Ages 11-14

This course will focus on the building blocks of Biology, the study of life. This year-long course will begin with ecology, continue to classification and how life is organized, cell function and structure, plant anatomy and function, and unicellular organisms. Later in the year we will introduce zoology and will look at different animals, including humans and terminate with finding the unifying themes that bring all organisms - plant and animal - together. Each class period will include a lab component (microscopy, drawing, dissection of small invertebrate and vertebrate organisms (virtual labs are possible, please inquire), DNA extraction, etc. using real laboratory equipment. The lab time will be over 50% of Class, and sometimes the entire session. Small group work is emphasized during labs and active learning time. 


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What in the World - Geography

12:30pm-2:00pm     Ages 8-10

How were mountains and canyons made? What was Pangea? What are contentail plates? What are the Seven Seas?  In the first term students will explore Earth’s mountains valleys, climate, weather in conjunction with the rise of civilization. This is a project based class we will spend a good amount of time in each class using models, maps and experiments to explore our world. We will also delve into map and chart reading, using maps to plot a course and cartography. In the winter and spring term we will start exploring current political boundaries and cultures in addition to continuing our study of physical geography.  Students will have simple research and projects for this unit.  In the spring we will also start looking at humanities effect on earth


Monday Recess

The Lunch & Recess program offers unstructured safe socialization and play for those children taking classes at Different Directions. Why lunch and recess?  Because children want and need to have space to play and explore.

Different Directions is continuing our organized drop-off program. The weekly schedule is  set up by age and interest so families can enjoy our social, academic and creative enrichment programs in a way that best serves their needs. This includes an organized lunch and recess time facilitated by a DD-collective member and supported by volunteer parents. The lunch and recess scheduled into each day will give children time to eat and exercise, as well as the proper rest that will allow them to best enjoy their day. In addition, the drop-off option provides parents the opportunity for time to do activities on their own. Different Directions has a parent lounge with internet, so parents/care givers can stay, should they choose.


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Writing Class/Critical Thinking

1:00pm-2:30pm     Ages 11-14

Put words to your opinions! Distill your thoughts, emotions,  sensations, and observations into beautiful sentences, paragraphs, and  articles. This course includes vocabulary, grammar, and lots of  writing, as well as analysis and constructive critique. 


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Coding

2:30pm-4:00pm     Ages 8-10

Programming for all levels and interests, from beginners to seasoned  JavaScript coders! Guided, independent learning through mentorship,  customized curricula, and online resources. Learn the basics of  computer science, design and build a website, program animations and  browser games, or create your own lesson plan! Students should bring a  laptop with a keyboard, as well as headphones. Internet access is  essential; let me know if you have questions about parental controls.  There will be a very wide range of skill levels among the students,  and I encourage them to help, collaborate, and inspire each other.  


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Health Class

3:00pm-4:30pm     Ages 12-15

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Girl Scouts (Cadettes)

4:15pm-6:15pm

Troop 3298 is designed for homeschooled girls in grades 6-8. We will focus on building the cadettes' confidence, self-reliance and self-esteem through traditional Girl Scout activities, including: camping; learning first aid; exploring the natural world; community service; and, of course, cookie sales.  :-)


Yoga

4:30pm-5:30pm Ages 12-15

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Family Jam

5:30pm-7:00pm

Are you looking for a place to play music with other budding musicians? Is your instrument sitting next to your bed waiting for you to pick it up? Is your mom threatening to sell your guitar if you don't start practicing? We have the answer for you. Join KIDS JAM, a jam session for young musicians, that explores musical improvisation. Meet other people starting their musical journey, learn and practice the fundamentals of musical improvisation from pianist and composer Martin Wallace. Dust off that instrument your parents paid a fortune for and come make music with your friends.

The group will start exploring improvisation through jazz standards and add more musical genres as Martin discovers the interest of the students. Kids Jam will give you a place to hone your chops, strengthen your musical theory knowledge and connect with other musically inclined people. Here you will understand why your music teacher keeps telling you to practice those scales and keeps asking you, “do you know what key you are in?” You do not have to be an expert musician to join this group, beginners are welcome. You will need to bring an instrument, however the space has an upright piano.