Thursdays Index

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

 
 

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Math Minds

10:00am-11:30am     Ages 5-7

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 base 10 and the four operations, 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 the binary system, negative numbers and com


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Playing With Shakespeare

10:00am-1:00pm     Ages 12-18

Playing with Shakespeare will be playing and exploring during the fall and winter semesters, and presenting in the spring.  Work and fun will be at a high level, but experience is not necessary - new and returning students are welcome.  Students may use improvisation, “table work,” acting games, and other creativity related to exploring Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet.  We may add film, we may imagine and create settings, costumes, sets and more. Written work will mostly be optional, and usually related to character development. Casting will be non-traditional with many actors exploring Hamlet. The spring session will either continue this work or be a play reading and acting class.


Thursdays Lunch

11:30am-12:30pm     Ages 5-7

1:00pm-2:00pm    Ages 12+

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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Heart of Language (Foundational Level)

12:30pm-2:00pm     Ages 7-10

An inspiring class to get your child thinking about language more deeply. Based on Charlotte Mason and Classical education, true one-room-schoolhouse style, multi-level and ability, with multi-year content. Many students return for all three years. Friendly to beginning, emerging and adept readers. Self-paced Italic handwriting, practical English grammar, Latin & Greek roots, memory work using famous poetry, copywork & dictation, narration as comprehension and composition tool. Class is flipped. The “homework” is in class, and stays there, and the “work” happens in the wild. There will be no assignments, only suggestions. This is to be approached as a year-long class. New students welcome, space permitting.

As one mother replied, “This class continues to be a tremendous blessing for my daughter! I now see why she's been taking the book from me so she can be the one to read aloud part of the bedtime story.” L.B.

This year we will be giving special focus to proper use of personal pronouns, and delve into how language roots and grammar are essential for study of law, medicine, botany, anatomy, philosophy, etc. We will also dip into Shakespeare so the foundation for great literature is broadened. We will continue to break apart words until we can see their roots, and compare similar words for meaning. This is helpful in all study, and for the language portions of standardized tests.


Thursday Recess

2:00pm-2:30pm     Ages 7-10

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 From the Heart of Language (Intermediate Level)

2:00pm-3:30pm     Ages 11-14

Based on Charlotte Mason & Classical education, multi-level and ability. This class is packed with individualized attention. Be inspired while thinking about language more deeply using self-paced Italic handwriting, practical English grammar, Latin & Greek roots, memory work using poetry, dictation (no copywork), and narration as comprehension and composition tool. Students will be introduced to some important styles of writing, and try some themselves. 


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Playing With Classics 1

2:30pm-4:30pm     Ages 8-11

This hands-on class will focus on the “playing” of scenes from classic plays and poems. Shakespeare will definitely make an appearance this year. It will include acting, literary and communication skills, vocabulary building, history, social skills and laughter all along the way. Games, improvisation, and lots of student input lead to our creations.  Each semester new material will be explored; so new and returning students will find a fresh class.  There may be some imaginative assignments for students to do between sessions - optional to respect the differing philosophies in your home schooling.  Our simple costumes and props will be student driven.  Parents and friends may be invited to an open class presentation during the term.  


Event Planning Club

4:00pm-6:00pm     Ages 11-14

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