Our Place in Time

10:00am-1:00pm Tuesdays     Ages 5-8

We will explore the history of “technology” (in the broadest sense) throughout this school year. Among other things, we will learn about the fascinating developments that humans have made in the areas of transportation (fall term), agriculture (winter term), and communication/computation (spring term). The main focus of this class is to seed enthusiasm for human history and to help the kids connect past events and people to our present lives and cultures. There will be ample free-play opportunities and much focus will be placed on building, improving, and maintaining friendships and general social skills. Each class will include one or multiple history-related activities, which may include art-making & handwork, songs & poetry, and games & dancing. We will also include some handwriting, spelling, and reading practice. There is a lot of flexibility built into this class, to ensure that we can follow the students’ needs and interests as they arise. We will all have lunch together, and end each class with recess from approximately 12:15-1:00pm (weather permitting). Please send each student with a snack, a full lunch, and a water bottle (and keep in mind that their clothes may get dirty at art or recess time).

Teacher: Tinamarie Panyard

Tinamarie Panyard is a professional storyteller (and mom to her delightful daughter Lottie). She has been working with children and adults throughout the country for over 25 years.  She spent 20 years in New York public and private schools as a teaching artist working with children and families, teaching geography, cultural studies, facilitating literacy, family literacy workshops and community building through drama, puppetry, mask making and storytelling.  Tinamarie has toured through schools around the country working with children on violence prevention and literacy programs. She was the Fringe Jr. Director of the New York International Fringe Festival for three years.  She also did a stint on Wall Street as a corporate writer. She has been the Operating Director of Different Directions since 2013.


Fall 2018: $390

Sept. 18th; Oct. 9th, 16h, 23rd, 30th; Nov. 6th, 13th, […]*, 27th; Dec. 4th, 11th, 18th (12 days)

(No Classes Sept. 11th Rosh Hashana, Sept. 25th Sukkot, Oct. 2nd Simchat Torah)

*Please note that the Nov. 20th class has been cancelled.


Winter 2019: $300

Jan. 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th; Feb. 5th, 12th, 26th; March 5th, 12th, 19th (10 days)

(No Classes Feb. 19th Winter Break)


Spring 2019: $300

March 26th; April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th; May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th; June 4th (10 days)

(No Classes April 23rd Spring Break)