Mondays Index

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

 
 

History Whys, American Style!

10:00am-11:30am     Ages 10-13

The award-winning history duo returns for three new semesters of history stories, debate, and roleplaying featuring the award-winning United States of America! “Five stars!” says every single student from the previous, award-winning school year. This year, from prehistoric megafauna to modern megalopolis, is US history made fun and memorable! History Whys, American Style!


Introductory Elementary Math

10:00am-11:30am     Ages 7-9

Our focus will be on mastery of basic operations, understanding of place value, telling time and currency. The work will be cumulative, topics will build upon each other through the course of the fall, winter and spring semesters. Material will be compatible with state standards for NY and NJ. This class is intended as a support/supplement for your child's existing mathematics experience.


Mondays Lunch

11:30am-12:30pm     Ages 7-9/10-13

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.


Upper Elementary Math

12:30pm-2:00pm     Ages 10-13

Topics covered will include use of currency to practice basic operations and decimals; creation and solving of word problems; geometric concepts; graphs and averages. The class is cumulative, so topics will build upon each other through the course of the fall, winter and spring semesters of Different Directions. The class will be compatible with state standards for NY and NJ. This class is intended as a support/supplement for your child's existing mathematics experience.


Imaginative Writing

12:00pm-1:20pm     Ages 13-16

Whether you find creative writing easy or hard, this class is for you.

We’ll alternate between shorter and longer fiction assignments.  Sometimes we’ll finish an assignment in fifteen minutes, but other times we’ll take work home to rewrite, revise, and polish it.  Some of the “writing” during class will happen out loud in collaborative sessions.  We’ll discuss grammar and writing technique only if these issues come up in students’ work – the aim of this class is to help people feel comfortable writing.


Monday Recess

2:00pm-2:30pm     Ages 7-9/10-13

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.


Lab Science

1:30pm-2:50pm     Ages 13-15

Joe Hatem will teach this activity-based class covering important topics in science.  We’ll focus on physics in the fall, chemistry in winter, then biology in spring.  There will be some homework, never overwhelming, and two activities to do at home.  We’ll do our best, while enjoying ourselves, to plan, observe, and draw conclusions carefully: that’s the scientific method.  For those who took this class last year: we’ll cover many new topics, and develop a few familiar ones.


Coding

2:30pm-4:00pm     Ages 10-13

Coding is fun! Make computer games! Make websites! Make a web app to rule the world! Pick a mini-course that's just right for your level and learning style and hit ENTER! There's always more to learn; there's always a curriculum to advance to. And there's always guidance and encouragement! Parents: a computer with a keyboard and headphones are required for this class.


History/Civics: US History and Technology

3:30pm-4:50pm     Ages 12-15

History is made by great people, powerful trends, and awesome stuff. This winter, we’ll concentrate on the objects that have affected American history: sewing machines, trains, dams, birth control pills, computers, robots, and more. The country and the world are different, thanks (or no thanks) to these things!


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.  :-)


Kids Jam

5:30pm-7:00pm Ages 11-15

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.