Monday Classes


All children taking classes must also be registered with Different Directions. Please  make an enrollment enquiry for each class, and then register once you have been confirmed.

 

Elementary Science Lab: Chemistry, Biology, Physics

10:00am-12:00pm     Ages 8-11

This class will introduce students to chemistry through hands-on activities. We will review basic concepts such as matter; molecules; chemical reactions; acids, bases, pH; acid-base neutralization and more. The goal of this class is to familiarize students with the building blocks of chemistry through a combination of discussions and experiments. No previous experience with chemistry necessary.

Winter/Physics
Students will have the opportunity to investigate who was Nikola Tesla and how he changed the world. Why does everyone know the name Thomas Edison?  What were the great discoveries that allowed us make some of the most significant scientific progress in the past 200 hundred years. 

Spring/Biology
Our biology segment  in the spring will give students the opportunity to encounter the microscopic world of our  parks and waters.

Instructors:
John is a homeschooling dad of two girls, ages 8 and 15. He’s previously worked as a science educator at Liberty Science Center and in afterschool programs with elementary and middle school children.

 
  • Fall: $300 + $15 supplies

Dates: 

  • Winter: $275 + $15 supplies

Dates:

  • Spring: $275 + $15 supplies

Dates:  3/27; 4/3, 24; 5/1, 8, 15, 22; 6/5 (8 days)


AP History (Europe)

10:00am-12:00pm     Ages: 14-18

The Honors AP classes are taught as honors level classes, similar to those in honors level high school classes.   They require mandatory homework, and attendance is required, so serious students only need apply.  Students will not only prepare for the AP or SAT subject tests in these areas, but will also build their portfolios for college admissions with written assignments (note:  students are not required to take the tests, but they will be prepared to take them should they choose to take them).   I will work with each student to set up his/her goals and requirements for the year. 

The classes will be conducted as lecture and discussion, with some in-class writing assignments, quizzes and fact-recall game playing, too (such as the Jeopardy! and Pictionary games we've held in classes).  A few museum trips also included.
 
AP Europe focuses on 1450 to the present.  AP World focuses on 8.000 BCE to present, with a strong emphasis on non-Western history.  Both classes deal with issues of causation, primary and secondary source analysis, comparison between cultures, contextualizing historical events, and measuring continuities and change over time.

Instructors:
Wendy Raver

 
  • Fall: $360              

Dates:

  • Winter: $360

Dates: 1/9,23,30; 2/6,13,27; 3/6,13,20,27; 4/3,24;5/1 (12 days) (No Class 1/16; 2/20; 4/10,17)


Creative Writing

12:00pm-1:30pm     Ages: 11-13

Do you like to write?  Do you have a hard time with writing?  If the answer to either question is "yes," this class is for you.

We'll try out as many styles and formats as possible: journals, stories, chapter books, picture books, photo captions and anything else we can think of.

We’ll work on writing freely without self-criticism.  Sometimes, but not always, we’ll go back to review, expand and polish what we've done.  We'll practice writing fiction and nonfiction, sometimes using one to support the other.  We'll also read stories and poems, because good models help writers develop their own unique skills.  We'll touch lightly on grammar whenever it's helpful.  Some of the "writing" during class time will happen out loud, with cooperative activities and brainstorming.

Instructors:
Joe Hatem

 
  • Fall: $275

Dates:

  • Winter: $250

Dates:

  • Spring: $250

Dates: 3/27;  4/3, 24;  5/1, 8, 15, 22;  6/5 (8 days)


Steam Team

1:30pm-3:30pm  Ages: 8-11

STEAM [Science Technology Engineering Art Math] Team [work]
The Fall term will be spent learning about harnessing the capacity of structure to produce desired results. We will play with some different paper-airplane designs, have fun with some motorized objects and even design the look of an airship. We also have some classes where we examine fun chemistry and chemical structures, and some where we learn interesting ways to upcycle paper magazines and plastic bags. Our class always gives a special focus to using recyclables and discussing challenges of the 21st century.

STEAM Team had a successful first year with many students choosing to continue. In STEAM Team students design solutions, engineer projects and explore scientific subject matter, as well as work on interpersonal skills of negotiation and cooperation. Students learn to help each other replace thwarted expectations with new insights. We learn to benefit from creative synergy because working with others, while challenging, can help us to produce objects of utility, beauty & fun!
This coming term we are excited to welcome science teacher John Watson who will lead several classes. We are also lucky to have two teen interns who will be with us each class to work on project development.

STEAM Team & Artist Quest run consecutively on Monday afternoons and we take 2 field trips with each other. Students signing up for both classes will receive a $25 tuition discount.

Instructors:
Veronica is a homeschooling parent and artist. She grew up spending time in the mountains of Asia and the western United States, and worked as a sailor in her 20s, crossing the Atlantic on a gaff-rigged schooner. She has taught children and worked in management and staff-training while traveling around the world. She loves Science and Math and believes that everyone learns best through joy.

John is a homeschooling dad of two girls, ages 8 and 15. He has previously worked as a science educator at Liberty Science Center and in afterschool programs throughout New York City with elementary and middle school children.

 
  • Fall: $300    

Dates:

  • Winter: $275    

Dates: 

  • Spring: $275  

Dates: 3/27;  4/3, 24;  5/1, 8, 15, 22;  6/5 (8 days)


Science Series Chemistry Lab

1:30pm-3:00pm     Ages:11-13

Joe Hatem will teach this activity-based class covering important and fascinating basics of chemistry for ages 11-13. We’ll talk about molecular bonds, reactions, phases of matter, compounds, energy transfer and other essential concepts and processes.  We’ll veer into physics and biology when they become relevant.  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.

Instructors:
Joe Hatem

 
  • Fall: $275    

Dates:

  • Winter: $250    

Dates:

  • Spring: $250

Dates:  3/27;  4/3, 24;  5/1, 8, 15, 22; 6/5 (8 days)


US History: Heroes, Villains & Everyday People

3:30pm-5:00pm     Ages: 11-13

Need description of this class with instructor

 
  • Fall: $     

Dates:

  • Winter: $     

Dates:

  • Spring: $    

Dates:  3/27;  4/3, 24;  5/1, 8, 15, 22;  6/5 (8 days)


Artist Quest

4:00pm-6:00pm     Ages: 8-11

This year in Artist Quest students will participate in a number of SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS.  Service learning helps students become more involved in social issues, diverse communities and the importance of good citizenship. Students use writing, art, media, volunteering and poetry to learn about their community and how they can be positive, productive citizens. Three positive projects they have already worked on this year are raising money for the Ronald McDonald house by auctioning off handmade scarves, making greeting cards for the DorotUSA.org Greeting Card Project which sends birthday cards to frail, isolated seniors, and making and distributing care packages to homeless people.  A favorite project for the students was exploring healthy aging. Students participated in empathy training to better understand common maladies experienced by many older adults. Students wore vision impairment goggles, put cotton in their ears, taped up their fingers and put a dried bean in their shoes, all to simulate life with vision loss, hearing impairment, arthritis and bunions, while performing various activities such as walking, reading a shopping list, sorting pills (candy), putting a stamp on a letter and writing their names. This activity was a primer for an amazing field trip to the New Jewish Home, where they worked cooperatively with seniors to create original art, depicting scenes of spring through the medium of clay.

In the spring, students will focus on creative writing and illustration to create a compilation of student works that will be donated to a homeless shelter for families and children. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss social awareness projects important to them. There will be two field trips during the term, taken together with STEAM Team students.

STEAM Team & Artist Quest run consecutively on Monday afternoons and we take 2 field trips with each other. Students signing up for both classes will receive a $25 tuition discount.


Instructors:
Loribeth is a homeschooling mom who has been oganizing and teaching in our community for many years.  She has created Cultural Studies through art and hands on projects, organized homeschooling groups to attend the Lolly Pops concerts with Little Orchestra Society atHunter, as well as many other field trips and events. Loribeth has been teaching Artist Quest at Different Directions since 2014.

 
  • Fall: $275    

Dates:

  • Winter: $275    

Dates:

  • Spring: $275

Dates:  3/27;  4/3, 24;  5/1, 8, 15, 22;  6/5 (8 days)