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CLASS Descriptions

Our approach to learning is holistic, treatment and our classes are interdisciplinary, Mycoplasmosis
meaning many different subject areas are included in the work students do. We
encourage student choice, and creativity and exploration in a supportive atmosphere. We guide children through the processes required to try new things and
allow for struggles and triumphs. We strive to create and environment that supports boundless imaginations and where students are not afraid to make
mistakes.

Monday

Math Workshop: Time Fractions and Money

9:00 – 10:30 $160.

8 – 12

This quarter’s math program will focus on parts, specifically fractions, decimals, time and money.

Money and time require the application of indirect scales, meaning they can’t obviously be measured concretely, making time and money abstract concepts to
understand.

This one-hour, individually leveled multi-age math class will include introduction of concepts and supervised practice, and well as vocabulary, word
problems, games, adaptive online programs, discovery and real-world applications.

Research, Design and Create a Board Game

9:00 – 10:30 $175.

8+ 3rd Grade Reading Level Suggested

In this class each student will choose a topic of interest or passion for them and create a board game around that concept. Students will be required to
perform research on various aspects of the topic, keep accurate notes on information found, as well design and develop the game board and mechanism of the
game. Supplies will be provided, including blank game boards, cards, markers, etc Students will work with the teacher to identify an approved topic. Some
work between classes will be required. The class will conclude with a “Game Party”, with parents and friends invited to come play them all.

SKILLS: Small motor skills, research, note-taking, reading, designing, imagination, project planning,

3-dimensional analytic thinking, creative writing and art.

Winter Ecology and Stewart Preserve

10:30 – 11:30 $112.

8+ 3rd Grade Reading Level Suggested

This class will be a combination of classroom study and record keeping and field study and hiking. Simple ecological systems will be introduced, including
the water cycle, carbon cycle, and food webs. Native residents of Stewart Preserve and the Hudson Valley will be identified and studied. Ecological
research such as population surveys and species inventories will be performed. Students should be prepared to hike outdoors in most weather conditions, and
wear comfortable waterproof boots and warm gear.




Tuesday

Math Workshop: Time Fractions and Money

9:00 – 10:30 $160.

Two levels will be offered, based on current math and reading ability.

ages 4/5 – 7/8 and 7/8 – 15/16

See Monday’s description

History & Geography

10:30 – 11:30 $112.

8+ 3rd Grade Reading Level Suggested

The class will choose, read and learn the history of several regions of the world. Each student will produce written work at their level in response to the
ideas and stories they encounter. Each member of the class will contribute to the whole class’ learning.

SKILLS: Writing, geography, drawing, memorization, mapping, topological intelligence, cultural appreciation and history of regions of the world.

Nature Crafts, Weaving & Basketry

10:30 – 11:30 $128.

4 – 14

In this class students will be introduced to several types of weaving and simple basketry. Students will then choose one or two projects to focus on and
complete with assistance and supervision. We will explore loom weaving, finger weaving, Japanese card weaving, reed basketry, newspaper weaving, natural
materials, and more. Cost includes most supplies.

Basic Engineering

12:30 – 1:30 $112.

5 – 10

In this first exploratory hands-on class young students are introduced to design concepts and encouraged to think like engineers. Students will be asked to
apply their knowledge to simple design challenges. Creativity, problem-solving, applying ideas, testing, observing, refining and retesting are emphasized.
Some classes will require students to work in teams, and others will feature independent projects. Projects may include boats, cars, rockets, kites,
bridges, toys, moving things and more.

SKILLS: critical & creative thinking, problem solving, decision making, cooperative skills, planning, testing a model, drawing conclusions from test
data

Tuesday Independent study and small group work

1:30 – 3:00 $160.

All ages

Birch School staff guide students in independent student-chosen projects and small group work. Topics and activities will be determined according to each
student’s plan, developed at the start of the quarter in partnership with parents, students and teachers.

Lego Mindstorms and Bridges

1:30 – 3:00 $160.

8+ 3rd Grade Reading Level Suggested

This class is a continuation of our series of Mindstorms program, and will introduce students to our Bridge Engineering resources Working in small groups
students will focus on project of their choice. Resources include Lego Mindstorms NXT bricks and programming, bridge models of paper, bricks, Lego,
toothpicks.

Wednesday

Literacy Workshop

9:00 – 10:30 $160.

5 – 7

This one hour period for pre-readers, emergent readers, as well as beginning readers to expand and build on their knowledge, and reinforce learning. After
a group lesson, students will rotate through a variety of learning centers and stations. This environment is designed to allow for individualized learning
as well as group learning with supervision and guidance.

Math Workshop: Time Fractions and Money

9:00 – 10:30 $160.

8 – 12

See Monday description.

Crystals, Gems and Rare Stones, A Natural History of Rocks

10:30 – 11:30 $112.

8+ 3rd Grade Reading Level Suggested

The class will begin the lifelong process of understanding the structure of their planet, by examining mineral samples, researching, reading and viewing
print and web resources about geology, and by taking hikes and short field trips. Winter is a great time to view geological features, unobscured by summer
vegetation.

Character Education/Cooperative Games

10:30 – 11:30 $112.

5 – 10

This class will encourage the development of social problem-solving, anger management, peer-to-peer communication, kindness and compassion. We will focus
on identifying the concepts of good citizenship, respect, responsibility, conflict resolution, and more. Through lessons, group activities, roles plays,
problem solving challenges, and active cooperative games we will introduce and practice these concepts.

Reading and Writing Poetry

12:30 – 1:30 $112.

Two levels will be offered, 5 – 8, and 9+ 3rd grade and up reading level suggested

In this class we will explore poetry and read poems together from a variety of classic and modern poets. Literary vocabulary and concepts such as rhyme,
metaphor, alliteration and more will be taught and explored. Several different types of poems will be introduced, including Haiku, Cinquain, and Diamonte,
Students will be encouraged to write poems of their own in their personal poetry journal.

Two levels of this class will be offered: One for pre and early readers and another for students reading and writing at a third grade level of higher.

Wednesday ART, Independent projects and small group work

1:30 – 3:00 $160.

This afternoon will offer options for small group exploration and creative endeavors. Our art instructor Dianne will teach a new project each week, paints,
watercolors, paper art, sculpture, etc. Students can choose ART or independent work. In addition, Birch School teachers and staff will be available to
assist and supervise independent research reading, small group activities.

Thursday

Math Workshop, Fractions Time Money

9:00 – 10:30 $160

Two levels will be offered, based on current math and reading ability.

ages 4/5 – 7/8 and 7/8 – 15/16

See Monday description

Microscope Discovery, slide preparation, drawing

9:00 – 10:30 $160.

8+ 3rd Grade Reading Level Suggested

A basic introduction to the microscope and its functions, students will learn to prepare slides of various specimens. Prepared slides will be available as
well. Students will keep a lab workbook and be encouraged to draw their observations and keep a record of their discoveries. This class is open to students
able to read at a third grade level or above.

Recommended: Usborne: Complete Book of the Microscope

Digital Music

10:30 – 11:30 $112.

7+

Class will use Apple Garage Band to construct musical pieces made from samples and midi patterns. Students will learn Garage Band controls and functions,
plus some music theory, recording theory and a bit of the history of recorded music. Advanced students may be able to record parts on keyboard and via D/A
conversion, acoustic and vocal parts.

DIY: Origami, Needlework and Sewing

10:30 – 11:30 $112.

8+

Projects in Paper and Cloth: Supplies and resources will be provided for students to explore origami of many types, as well as creative sewing projects.
Instructors will offer samples and suggested projects, and students will pursue a project of their choice with support, encouragement and guidance . Some
supplies will be provided but depending on student choice special supplies may need to be brought by student for their own project.

Fable & Craft

10:30 – 11:30 $112.

4 –7

This afternoon class will focus on a themed story for students to explore, followed by an art project or craft. We will read traditional folk stories as
well as stories from many cultures. Creative expression will be encouraged through the use of many art mediums as well as puppets and games. Group
participation, communication skills, and collaboration will be encouraged. The class will meet each student where they are at academically and socially.

SKILLS: Listening, creative expression, cultural exploration, communication, language arts, cooperation.

Lego Mindstorms and Datalogging

12:30 – 1:30 $112.

8+

This class will utilize the Lego Mindstorms Datalogging Curriculum, introducing students to various environmental sensors and data collectors, their uses,
and programs that control the sensors and track the collected data. With student interest, by the end of the quarter students will learn about the Arduino
programming platform and programming basics, and the environmental sensors that are available for use with Arduino.

Science Discoveries

12:30 – 1:30 $112.

4 – 8

Simple Machines: Beginning scientific inquiry. This quarter will focus of simple machines and basic physics, Students will be given opportunities to
explore various scientific principles hands-on. Demonstrations, games, songs, brief videos, experiments, and more. Young students will be encouraged to be
inquisitive, ask questions, make guesses and frame hypotheses, test, observe, record and analyze. Basic scientific principles will be discussed.

SKILLS: Science, inquiry, creativity, basic math, sensory exploration, small motor skills, cooperation, following directions, prediction

Creative Writing, drawing and storytelling

12:30 – 1:30 $112.

8+

How stories are constructed? What makes a beginning, middle and end? Who are your characters? What does the scene look like? All these things and more are
parts of telling your story. Students will use inspiration tools, creative prompts, illustration, storyboarding and other techniques to learn the answer to
all those questions, and create their own stories.

Electronics and Programming

1:30 – 3:00 $160.

8+

Various electronics and programming projects will be offered to students for their choice of focus. Instructors will work with students to explore their
interest and identify an appropriate project of plan of learning for the quarter. Using popular online programs, students will learn beginning and basic
coding skills, Students will be given the opportunity to work at their own pace with support, Student-designed independent study projects or small group
projects will be encouraged and supported during this class. Students with all levels of programming experience are welcome, from beginner to intermediate.
Each class will end with a period of time for group cooperative gaming with instructor-approved sites.

International Cooking

1:30 – 3:00 $195.

7+

This class will teach basic cooking skills while exploring the food and culture of other places. Dishes include healthy snacks and food that young people
can prepare for themselves as well as more complex meals and treats. Local seasonal, unprocessed food from scratch will be featured, Students will help
determine the dishes that are made in the class. Supplies are included, but participants may be asked to bring their own loaf pan or utensils for some
classes.

SKILLS: small motor skills, nutrition, good health, math, cooperation, project planning, geography, cultural awareness and appreciation,

Drama Games, skits and plays

1:30 – 3:00 $160.

4+

Play acting games, take on roles of hero and villain, magician, pirate, farmer, or fairy! Each week we will introduce a story and a creative acting game or
fantasy. Students will be invited to create their own stories and skits. For the last several classes the group will work on a skit of the group’s choice
to be performed for the school community at the conclusion of the class.