Tuesdays Index

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

 
 

Our Place in Time

10:00am-1:00pm     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).


Middle School Math

10:00am-11:30am     Ages 13-15

The topics that will be covered include: Negative numbers; Fractions; Decimals; Percentages; Rates and proportional relationships; Solving equations, systems of equations and inequalities; Introduction to statistics and probability; Geometry: angles, triangles, volumes; Geometric transformations; Introduction to data modelling. Specific material will be presented to all students together and subsequently students will work on separate problems, geared to their individual requirements. Group word problems will also be provided towards the end of the class, in order to provide students with the opportunity to use their knowledge to solve real world problems and strengthen their social skills.


High-School Math Exploration Class

12:00pm-1:30pm     Ages 15-18

What initially started as a regular math class was destined to become a math exploration class. As a homeschooling mom, I always try to be flexible in my teaching methods. So when in the fall semester I realized that all my students have different backgrounds, it became obvious that we would need to restructure the class and focus on a lot of individual work. As time went by every student moved at a different pace and showed interest in different topics. One day as I observed that one student was solving quadratic equations, another one was working on trigonometry word problems, and the third one was working on problems from the book Art of the Problem Solving, I realized that our class can now be officially called High-School Math Exploration Class.


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Exploring Philosophy

2:30pm-3:45pm     Ages 13-18

“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates

“Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits” – William James

A survey of primarily Western Philosophy beginning with the ancient greeks through modern times.

Over the span of a year we will meet the great philosophers of Western civilization (and a few from the rest of the world.)

We will begin the term with a general discussion of the nature of philosophy.  We will explore what it is trying to do, where it succeeds and fails as well as its benefits and dangers.

After grounding ourselves in the nature of philosophical thought we will focus on reading and exploring the writings of the philosophers we, as a group, choose to focus on.  


Getting Things Done

4:00pm-5:15pm     Ages 13-18

This class will be about learning some of the things we may not know we need to know.

We will decide together on the first day of class which details of adulthood we need to work on.  Then we will work our way together through things like testing, job hunting, listening and conversation skills, planning and finishing things, relationships of all sorts, sewing and cooking, dealing with boring meetings, on-line “life,” or whatever we come up with.  

We will also read some books.  Here are some we have read and enjoyed in the past, suggestions are welcome and we will decide as a group what to read this semester.

Pick Your Poison by Monona Rossol
The Bonobo and the Atheist by Frans DeWaal
The Hidden Life of Trees by German forester Peter Wohlleben
Writing down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg.
Last Self Help Book, Walker Percy.
How to Control Your Anxiety Before it Controls You, Albert Ellis.
 
If you feel like there are some things about being human that you don’t want to do or just don’t get, then join as we muddle through some of the tricker aspects of modern life together.


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.