The Planet We Live On (World Cultures and Geography)

12:30pm-2:30pm Wednesdays     Ages 11-14

This year in The Planet We Live On we will explore humanities' effect on our oceans, forests, landforms and climate. We will explore the importance of our natural resources throughout human history and how climate, topography, water sources, floral and fauna affect civilization and culture. This class will focus heavily on ecology and conservation. We will have guest speakers join us in person and via video conferencing to talk to us about climate change, ethical water sourcing, and our role in protecting our environment. We will also strive to take an active role in our community to be the change in our own backyard. One of our possible projects is to work with a homeschooling mom who organizes waterfront clean up days in Inwood.

Teachers: 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 Term 2019: $375 + $15 materials 14 days

Sept. 11th, 18th, 25th Oct. 2nd, 9th (Field Trip), 16th, 23rd, 30th Nov 6th, 13th, 20th Dec: 4th, 11th, 18th

No Classes Nov. 27th Thanksgiving Break


Winter Term 2020: $300 + $15 materials 10 days

Jan 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Feb 5th, 12th, 26th March 4th, 11th, 18th 

No class Feb 19th - Winter Break


Spring term 2020: $300 + $15 materials 10 days

March 25th, April 1st, 22nd, 29th May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June 3rd, 10th

No class April 8th, 15th Spring Break