Thursdays Index

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

 
 

Heart of Math

10:00am-11:30am     Ages 5-7

Using games, songs, stories, and manipulatives, we will take a well-rounded approach to the year and keep the environment tender and learner-friendly. Multiple learning styles are used to reach students where and how they learn. Friendly to multiple levels and learning differences. We will have a time for healthy snacks. We will keep a nice balance between formal lessons, guided, and free (math-inspired) play. 

We will explore:

• all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) • odds & evens • number familiarity: visual recognition & written • number lines • shapes • tangrams • skip counting • math in nature & Fibonacci numbers • calendars • patterns • matrix games • read-alouds • concrete before abstract • active and engaged learning • field trips • socially using math language • using visual, auditory, kinetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and emotional styles of learning • drawing and writing numbers & concepts • exposure to the places math can take us • bringing back the romance and satisfaction of Big Math as a place of exploration intersecting with science, art, and philosophy! Woo!


Physics (practical application class)

10:00am-11:30am     Ages 12-16

Kids will be engaged in PhysicsQuest story-based activities and will be solving mysteries while applying physics concepts. This will show them the fun and relevance of science. The class aims not only to expose them to middle school physics concepts, but to give them a positive experience with science! 

Fall Semester: 

  • The Search for Einstein’s Hidden Treasure (2005): Students will be introduced to Principles of surface tension; Diffraction of the light; Pendulum motion; Magnetic Field.

  • Ben Franklin’s Secret Message (2006): Students will be introduced to Electric charges; Insulators and Conductors; Conservation of Energy; Light interaction with Lenses.

  • Marie Currie’s Floating Classes (2007): Students will be introduced to Surface Temperature measurement methods; Motion of Atoms (Science behind cold and hot); Substance changes with temperature; Heat as a form of energy.


Thursdays Lunch

11:30am-12:30pm     Ages 5-10

Break: 11:30am-12:00pm     [Ages to be determined]

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.


Playing With Shakespeare: Hamlet

12:00pm-2:00pm     Ages 12-17

Throw complacency out the window-

FEEL confusion, fear, and some teen age angst
    The joy, palpitations, the (what?) of love
    Loyalty, treachery, family mess
    Put into perspective day-to-day stress
ACT Hamlet one time, Horatio the next
    The killer, a ghost, be a sweetheart too
    betrayer of sons, or maker of puns
THINK deeply of life, history and words
    Action or stasis, what’s bad or is good?
ASK “do I see one way, or turn it round?”
    Have courage to find out - whats to be found.    
BE the slapstick, absurd comedy of -
    The lightness and darkness of friendships in -
HAMLET
         encourages us to our best
Hamlet sings all other plays to their rest
Hamlet is joy, it is never a test

Join Playing with Shakespeare’s year of Hamlet exploration.

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.


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.


Writing From the Heart of Language (Intermediate Level)

2:15pm-3:45pm     Ages 9-12

NEW!!! By Popular Demand!

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. 

This year we will be writing small, specific assignments in class. Some technical, some creative, our writing projects will be open subjects more focused on style, intention, and conveying information. We will also explore writing both separately and socially.

There will be plenty of support in meeting the demands of assignments, with introduction to clear (self) grading rubrics, peer review, and (optional) group sharing. We will also learn about note taking, older forms of English and influences, and give special attention to punctuation, sentence structure, and creativity within technical specifications for writing. We will break apart words until we can see their roots, and compare similar words for meaning. A student armed with roots and meanings has clear advantage in many testing situations, and many fields of study: sciences, jurisprudence, and other languages, to name a few. 

Faster pace than the Foundational class, with some same resources. Your child must be a comfortable reader to be in this class. New and emerging writers welcome. This is to be approached as a year-long class. Welcoming both returning students in the age range, and new students, space permitting.

Annual AMNH scavenger hunt field trip to be arranged in June doubles as make-up. Field trips may include the NYCHEA Performance fair, or others as opportunities arise. 


Playing With Classics 1

2:30pm-4:30pm     Ages 7-10

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.  


Young Entrepreneur's Club

3:45pm-5:45pm     Ages 10-14

This group meets weekly. This club is designed for students to create their own destiny.  Students plan the activities and subjects they are interested.  Last year our Kids Club kids planned and hosted a Halloween gala, movie matinees, moc trials, and designed and ran their own store.  They also enjoy plenty of free time outside to exercise and develop important social community building skills. Future projects include continuing to host movie events, plan meetups and parties for everyone in our community to attend.


Lego Robotics (held on Tuesdays for Fall Term, and on Thursdays for Holiday Term)

4:00pm-6:00pm     Ages 4-11

With Legos, motors, power sources, and sometimes computers, students are introduced to concepts and enhance their knowledge of physics, technology, and engineering through hands-on explorations of simple machines (levers, pulleys, wheels, and axles), as well as basic mechanics, simple and complex gearing, and also concepts of motorization, locomotion, and sensing and programming.  

Students get to thoroughly enjoy applying concepts by building, experimenting and playing with their models of real-world devices such as windmills, scales, cranes, airplanes, pirate ships, dump trucks, clocks, dune buggies, drawbridges, conveyor belts, turnstiles, race cars, moon rovers, etc., and of course, robots, as well as designs of their own creation.  All equipment, supplies and materials included.


SAT Math Prep

6:15pm-7:30pm

SAT is a test used by most American colleges and universities in their admissions decisions. While it can be argued that standardized tests aren’t the best way to measure a child’s abilities, especially in mathematics, it seems unavoidable that one needs to master taking this test if planning to attend college or university.

This class is for students who have already studied or had some exposure to most of the math materials required for passing the SAT Math Test and would like to review the material prior to their test, as well as learn and develop SAT specific techniques sufficient to achieve a perfect score.