Wednesdays Index

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

 
 

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A Closer Look (Science)

10:00am-11:30am     Ages 8-10

Children are scientists at heart. The world is a giant lab and everyday is an experiment. This is a three term class. In the fall we explore the geology of our planet, investigating the minerals, energy and changes of our planet. In the winter we will explore the earth’s water ways, rivers, oceans, lakes and water cycle. In the Spring we explore the evolution of life on our little blue planet.


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Upper Elementary Math

10:00am-11:30pm     Ages 11-14

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. 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.


Wednesdays Lunch

11:30am-12:30pm     All Ages

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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Handcrafting

12:30pm-2:00pm     Ages 6-10

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.


The Planet We Live On (World Cultures and Geography)

12:30pm-2:30pm     Ages 11-14

This year in The Planet We Live On we will be 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.


Wednesday Recess

2:00pm-3:00pm     Ages 6-10

2:30pm-3:00pm     Ages 11-14

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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Beginner Lego Robotics

3:00pm-4:00pm     Ages 6-10

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.


Acting Out/Mainstage Production Class

3:00pm-6:00pm     Ages 11-18

All humans have an innate desire to tell their story and share their life experience. Using storytelling and theatre to explore our humanity, relationships and the world around us has been a part of the human experience since the first hunter gathers. In this class we focus on using acting to learn, practice and hone communication skills that will serve our students in all aspects of their lives. Acting and improv games, studying literature and cultural history, learning to respect and communicate with our fellow actors and company are some of the benefits of participating in an acting class. Students will explore interpersonal and intrapersonal communication through acting techniques, games, improvisation, and literature. This year the students of Acting Out will explore indigenous mythology and creation stories from around the world, read works from Tolkien, McAffrey and more. In the fall term each student will write a 10 minute script composing their own creation story and world. There will be a staged reading on Dec. 7th. Our work in the fall term will also focus on creating our story for the spring production, doing improv and character work. In the winter we will begin our rehearsals for the spring performance. The spring term will focus on our final preparations for our mainstage performances in June. This is a performance class. All our our rehearsal are mandatory. It is important that students are available for all our rehearsals as well as do their homework to prepare for class. Performance dates are non negotiable. Your child must be available for all our performance dates to participate in this class.