Wednesdays Index

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

 
 

A Closer Look (Science)

10:00am-11:30am     Ages 7-9

Children are scientists at heart. Their world is a giant lab and every day is an experiment. This year we will cover biology in the fall, physics in the winter, and astronomy in the spring. Students will work using the scientific method, journal writing, and observations. We will have ample time for experiments, working with microscopes, and exploring through hands-on science projects. We are planning to visit an observatory, take a field trip, and participate in the NYCHEA science fair in May.


Chemistry

10:00am-12:00pm     Ages 10-13

This class will be an introduction to chemistry through discussion/presentation and hands-on activities covering topics such as atoms, elements, molecules, matter, chemical reactions and more. The class will be compatible with state standards for NY and NJ. No previous experience with chemistry necessary. 

Note taking is encouraged, and class materials will be shared online. Access to shared materials will be easier if your child has their own email address. These will help to reinforce the learning process, as well as prepare them for quizzes. The class is cumulative, so topics will build upon each other through the course of the fall, winter and spring semesters of Different Directions.


Wednesdays Lunch

11:30am-12:30pm     Ages 7-9

12:00pm-1:00pm     Ages 10-13

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.


Handcrafting

12:30pm-2:00pm     Ages 6-9

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)

1:00pm-2:30pm     Ages 10-13

In this course, students will examine the concept of culture in historical and global perspectives, and learn tools for cross-cultural comparative analysis with an emphasis on critical thinking. We will explore different cultures through stories, books, and poems. Students will read 5 to 6 carefully chosen texts representing various regions and time periods. The teacher will guide students through a critical analysis of the traditions and customs represented by the text. In addition to reading and discussing texts, students will participate in mapping and research activities. Introductory materials for each text will be prepared by a cultural anthropologist. A detailed syllabus will be ready to distribute before the start of the course. This class is appropriate for students at the 6th – 8th grade reading levels.


Wednesday Recess

2:00pm-2:30pm     Ages 7-9

2:30pm-3:00pm     Ages 10-13

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.


Acting Out/Mainstage Production Class

3:00pm-6:00pm     Ages 11-17

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 will participate in writing and mounting an original production based on iconic characters in detective and mystery novels, solving an age-old urban legend.