Wednesday Classes


All children taking classes must also be registered with Different Directions. Please  make an enrollment enquiry for each class, and then register once you have been confirmed.


The Planet We Live On: Physical Geography

10:00am-11:30am     Ages: 8-11

Build a volcano, create a hurricane. How were mountains and canyons made? What are the Seven Seas?  Students will explore Earth’s mountains valleys, climate, weather and more. We will also delve into map and chart reading, using maps to plot a course and cartography.

Tinamarie Panyard is a professional storyteller (and mom to 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 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: $300    

Dates:

  • Winter: $250    

Dates:

  • Spring: $250

Dates: 3/22,29; 4/5,19.26; 5/3,10,17,24; 6/7  (days 10) (No Class 4/12; 5/31)


Science Series: Digging Up the Bones, Evolution and Looking at the Stars

10:00am-11:30pm     Ages: 5-7

In Paleontology, students will investigate how we know what we know about long-extinct species. They will have the opportunity to create their own dig and learn about the work that goes into understanding life through bones. In the winter, Evolution will take students on a journey through 500 million years of life to the present day, discuss the facts and hypotheses of current evolutionary science, and meet the people, like Darwin, who help us understand how we got to where we are. In the spring, Astronomy students will explore the skies beyond our little blue marble and investigate the stars. 

Instructors:
Brandon is a homeschooling dad of an amazing daughter, who has a passion for science and asking questions.  He has created a series of classes that take students on a journey to discover our past and look to our future.

 
  • Fall: $300 (sibling $275)

Dates:

  • Winter: $250 (sibling $225)

Dates:

  • Spring: $250 (sibling $225)

Dates: 3/22,29; 4/5,19.26; 5/3,10,17,24; 6/7  (days 10) (No Class 4/12; 5/31)


Science Series Level III: The World, The Universe, and US

12:30pm-2:00pm      Ages:8-11

In Biology, students will explore the building blocks of life and investigate the world inside of us. Then, in Anatomy & Physiology, we will gain insight into how our cells work together to make us move. Finally, in the spring we will move beyond ourselves and delve into the incredible cutting-edge Astronomy discoveries being made right now

Instructors:
Brandon is a homeschooling dad of an amazing daughter, who has a passion for science and asking questions.  He has created a series of classes that take students on a journey to discover our past and look to our future.

 
  • Fall: $300 + $10 supplies (sibling $275)    

Dates:

  • Winter: $250 + $10 supplies (sibling $225)

Dates:

  • Spring: $250+$10 supplies (sibling $225)

Dates: 3/22,29; 4/5,19.26; 5/3,10,17,24; 6/7  (days 10) (No Class 4/12; 5/31)


Handcrafting/Art

 12:30am-2:00pm     Ages: 5-7

The goal of this class is to inspire the imagination and spark the innate passion of each student, create art from the heart, focus on learning and honing artistic skills and have fun in a creative and nurturing environment. Students will explore different materials and methods in a Waldorf-based approach. We will felt, sew, dye, print and much more to as we craft our wonderful projects.

Instructors:
Janet has home educated her five children for 18 years. She has organized many field trips, classes and co ran two Waldorf based co-ops over the years. She has also costumed several student plays and is a costume designer. Recently she has been teaching art. Sharing her love to create is her passion.

 
  • Fall: $300 + $15 supplies (sibling $275)    

Dates:

  • Winter: $250 + $15 supplies (sibling $225)

Dates:

  • Spring: $250+$15 supplies (sibling $225)

Dates:3/22,29; 4/5,19.26; 5/3,10,17,24; 6/7  (days 10) (No Class 4/12; 5/31)


Acting Out - Tales of Neverland

2:30pm-4:30pm     Ages: 8-17

Acting is a great way for people to learn, practice and hone life skills that will serve them in all aspects of their lives. Acting and improv games, studying plays, performing great works of writing, learning to respect and communicate with our partners and fellow actors are some of the benefits of participating in an acting class. In this class students will explore interpersonal and intrapersonal communication through acting techniques, games, improvisation and literature. This year the students of Acting Out participate in writing, and mounting and original production based on the Peter Pan and Wendy stories of James Barrie.

IMPORTANT:  This is a year long class.  There will be a full production in the Spring.  Performance dates 5/18, 20, 21

Instructors:
Tinamarie Panyard is a professional storyteller (and mom to 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 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: $350 + $15 supplies

Dates:

  • Winter: $275 + $15 supplies      

Dates:

  • Spring: $350+$15 supplies

Dates: 3/22,29; 4/5,19.26; 5/3,10,17,24; 6/7 Performance dates 5/18,20,21 (days 13) (No Class 4/12; 5/31)


Spanish

 4:30pm-5:30pm     Ages: 8-11

 Through games (free dance, on-their-feet-playtime & online with Duolingo) & music (Santana, Carlos Vives, Maná, Linda Ronstadt and more), we will build a sense of joy.  Reading  a menu, watching a movie, listening to lyrics, following  subway signs…seeing, speaking, and writing in both English and Spanish simultaneously will form the feedback loop to make grammar rules, like a kid’s favorite secret code,  a special way to converse…a Spanish language secret club open to all.  And if the first semester goes as planned…there will be a short bilingual performance with music/showing at the end of the term. (Los Celtíberos, Don Quixote , La Dama del Alba, etc.) There will be at least two chaperoned off campus events/field trips. 

Instructors:
Melanie Rey has taught privately to children, teenagers and adults in both the United States and Spain (ESL).  She graduated with a degree in Spanish from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and attended The University of Seville (the old tobacco factory building made famous in the opera CARMEN).  She was hired in 2007 by the New York Public Library to teach beginner Spanish to library employees at branches in the Bronx and on 34th Street.  Her travels have included terms living in Spain and Mexico.  Her family origins in Texas and her peripatetic life moving from Texas to California, Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia and New York’s many boroughs, have given her a unique experience with regionalisms, migrant worker and immigrant Spanish dialect and idioms.   Honoring Pan-American Spanish language characteristics compared to formal Castilian (castellano) is one of her favorite subjects.  Melanie is also an actor (AEA SAG-AFTRA) and a playwright (all four of her plays were bilingual and produced in NYC between 1997 and 2005) Her play OPEN: School of Languages (a play about her experiences teaching English as a second language in Spain.) premiered at HERE.

 
  • Fall: $260 + $20 supplies

Dates:

  • Winter: $200 + $20 supplies      

Dates:

  • Spring: $200+$20 supplies

Dates: 3/22,29; 4/5,19.26; 5/3,10,17,24; 6/7  (days 10) (No Class 4/12; 5/31


Cosplay Sewing                     

6:30pm to 8:00pm   Ages: 13-18

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  • Fall: $250  

Dates:

  • Winter: $250  

Dates:

  • Spring: $250

Dates: 3/22,29; 4/5,19.26; 5/3,10,17,24; 6/7  (days 10) (No Class 4/12; 5/31)