Spring 2013 Homeschool Classes

CLASS Descriptions

Our approach to learning is holistic, viagra 60mg and our classes are interdisciplinary, 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.
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Our experienced team of teachers act as leaders and mentors to students. Our ratio of staff to students is generally 1 : 5 or fewer, ensuring each student receives the individual attention and care that each student deserves. We empower students to take responsibility for their own learning and to engage with others, inluding students and teachers to inspire and direct their individual learning path.

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You can download the registration form Birch Quarter 4 registration form.
These classes run for eight sessions, beginning April 9 and ending May 31. School for fulltime students ends June 6th.

Class Descriptions

Our classes run Tuesday through Thursday and students are welcome to attend a single class or a series of classes in a day. There is no charge for lunch period for students enrolled that day, and we have lunch and and outdoor recess period from approximately 11:30 – 12:30 each day.

Tuesday


Math Workshop: Centers, computer lab and direct instruction

$150
9:00 — 10:30

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

group a: addition and subtraction, fractions
group b: multiplication
group c: multiplication and division

This individually leveled multi-age math class will run in an informal workshop format. The class period is broken down into three segments, with a break at ten for large motor movement and/or snacks. We prepare the kids for academic work each morning with research-based physical activities and movements that have shown to improve focus and academic engagement. The segments include direct instruction, introduction of concepts and supervised practice, and self-directed supervised work on vocabulary, word problems, games, puzzles, hands-on activities, adaptive online programs, exploration and discovery and real-world applications. Students choose centers to work individually or work in small groups with students at similar learning level.

Literacy Workshop

9:00 — 10:30
$150
ages 5 – 7

This morning class is designed for pre-readers, emergent readers, as well as beginning readers to expand and build on their knowledge and reinforce learning. This individually leveled multi-age class will run in an informal workshop format. The class period is broken down into several shorter periods, with breaks between each for large motor movement and/or snacks. Activities focus on patterning, letter and sound recognition, phonics, sight words, beginning writing and storytelling. After a group lesson, students will rotate through a variety of hands-on, self-directed learning centers and stations. Small and large group activities and games will also be included. This environment is designed to allow for individualized learning as well as group learning with supervision and guidance.

Ancient History

10:30 — 11:30
$100
8+ 3rd Grade Reading Level Suggested

The class will continue our survey of the ancient world begun in quarter 3: the Golden Age of Greece and the Roman Empire await us. This class is offered in two sections, one for pre and beginning readers and one for more advanced students. After a lesson and discussion, students participate in related activities appropriate to their age level, such as crafts, games, puzzles and explorations. Each member of the class will contribute to the whole class’ learning. Students will continue to add information to their project folders, creating a record of their learning with each civilization focused on. Each advanced student will produce written work at their level in response to the ideas and stories they encounter.

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

Natural Science & Botany

12:30 — 1:30
$100.
ages 5 – 10

In this exploratory hands-on class young students are introduced to science concepts and encouraged to think like ecologists. Topics include plants, insects, and the interconnections of ecological systems. Hands-on experiments, discovery, lessons, videos, and group work will be included.

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

Tuesday Independent study and small group work

1:30 — 3:00
$150
All ages 5 – 17

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. Available resources include computers, art supplies, craft supplies, reference books, periodicals, measuring and building tools, electronics, legos, keyboards, kitchen resources, quiet study spaces, musical instruments, science supplies, microscopes, and other supporting supplies and resources. Projects range from taking online classes to programming robots to building bridges, making music, gardening, writing a newspaper, studying a topic, and more, waiting to be discovered by students.

Research, Design and Create a Board Game: Be a Game Designer!
Create a Board Game about your favorite topic.

$150
1:30 – 3:00

ages 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 as 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.

Wednesday


Literacy Workshop

9:00 — 10:30
$150
ages 5 – 7

This morning class is designed for pre-readers, emergent readers, as well as beginning readers to expand and build on their knowledge and reinforce learning. This individually leveled multi-age class will run in an informal workshop format. The class period is broken down into several shorter periods, with breaks between each for large motor movement and/or snacks. Activities focus on patterning, letter and sound recognition, phonics, sight words, beginning writing and storytelling. After a group lesson, students will rotate through a variety of hands-on, self-directed learning centers and stations. Small and large group activities and games will also be included. This environment is designed to allow for individualized learning as well as group learning with supervision and guidance.

Math Workshop: Centers, computer lab and direct instruction

$150
9:00 — 10:30

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

group a: addition and subtraction, fractions
group b: multiplication
group c: multiplication and division

This individually leveled multi-age math class will run in an informal workshop format. The class period is broken down into three segments, with a break at ten for large motor movement and/or snacks. The segments include direct instruction, introduction of concepts and supervised practice, and self-directed supervised work on vocabulary, word problems, games, puzzles, hands-on activities, adaptive online programs, exploration and discovery and real-world applications. Students choose centers to work individually or work in small groups with students at similar learning level.

Word games and puzzles: Literacy activities to support Reading and Writing,

For students reading and writing at a third grade level or higher.
$100
10:30 — 11:30

In this class we will explore literacy games, puzzles, and activities such as group storytelling and writing. Word ladders, scrambles, crosswords, bananagrams, scrabble, and many other word games and puzzles will be available. Students can work individually or in small groups.

Math Workshop and Exploration

10:30 – 11:30
$100
K – 2

This class is offered as a workshop, with a variety of activities offered in centers and stations. The class period will include direct instruction, introduction of concepts and supervised practice, and self-directed supervised work on word problems, manipulatives, games, puzzles, hands-on activities, adaptive online programs, exploration and discovery and real-world applications. Students choose centers to work individually or work in small groups with students at similar learning level.

Music Appreciation

12:30 – 1:30
$100
K – 2

This class will offer students exposure to different types of music and musical instruments. Classes will include folk songs, pop music, jazz, world music, traditional music, orchestras, classical, and modern. Each class will include listening, singing, a brief discussion, making rhythms and moving.

English

12:30 – 1:30
$100
Grades 2 +

This period will focus on individualized tutorials, grammar, group and individual spelling, reading comprehension, and writing. For each student we will have projects and assignments that will give them exposure and practice in the areas they need most.

Wednesday ART, Independent projects and small group work

1:30 — 3:00

$150.

all ages 5 – 17

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. Resources available to students include hands-on manipulatives, learning games and puzzles, computer stations, ipads, reference, non-fiction and fiction books, science kits, microscopes, dramatic play props, digital music resources, animation software, Lego Robotics, and more.

Thursday

Ecology and Stewart Preserve

9:00 — 11:30

8+ 3rd Grade Reading Level Suggested

This class will be a combination of classroom study, record keeping, field study and hiking. Ecological systems will be introduced, including the water cycle, carbon cycle, and food webs. We will study the native flora and fauna of Stewart Preserve and the Hudson Valley and try out ecological research techniques like population survey and species inventory. Students should be prepared to hike outdoors in most weather conditions, and wear comfortable waterproof boots and proper gear.

Literacy Workshop

9:00 — 10:30
$150
ages 5 – 7

This morning class is designed for pre-readers, emergent readers, and beginning readers to expand and build on their knowledge and reinforce learning. This individually leveled multi-age class will run in an informal workshop format. The class period is broken down into several shorter periods, with breaks between each for large motor movement and/or snacks. Activities focus on patterning, letter and sound recognition, phonics, sight words, beginning writing and storytelling. After a group lesson, students will rotate through a variety of hands-on, self-directed learning centers and stations. Small and large group activities and games will also be included. This environment is designed to allow for individualized learning as well as group learning with supervision and guidance.

Math Workshop and Exploration

10:30 – 11:30
$100
K – 2

This class is offered as a workshop, with a variety of activities offered in centers and stations. The class period will include direct instruction, introduction of concepts and supervised practice, and self-directed supervised work on word problems, manipulatives, games, puzzles, hands-on activities, adaptive online programs, exploration and discovery and real-world applications. Students choose centers to work individually or work in small groups with students at similar learning level.

LEGO Mindstorms, Robotics, and Programming

12:30 — 1:30
$100
ages 7+

Various electronics and programming projects will be offered to students for their choice of focus. Resources are available such as Lego Mindstorms Robotics, Snap Circuits, paper circuits, Vex Robotics, Ollo Robotics, and more. Students can work on group or individual projects. Most students in this class choose to work with the sensors and motors that make up the Mindstorms robots. Students can learn the Mindstorms programming language NXT2.0.

Book Club: Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time!

12:30 – 1:30
$100

Book discussions, book reports, story analysis. Teachers will help students choose books of interest, and will encourage several students at similar levels to read the same books and then discuss them. Supporting activities will include designing projects or additional research related to the books. Opportunities for reading alone, and reading aloud in groups will be offered.

all ages and reading levels

Code Talking
$150
1:30 – 3:00
7+

Web Design, Animation, game design, coding and applications. The Internet has created a global common language: the code used to create websites and transfer information. The technical skills required to use the code need to be accompanied by critical thinking skills and a ethical code, all of which will be subjects of conversation in this class. Using online programs, videos, and tutorials, students will learn beginning and basic coding skills. Peer to peer learning will be encouraged, as students discover common interests. Students will be given the opportunity to work at their own pace with support. Student-designed independent study 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.

teacher: E.J.Fox

Cooking and Kitchen Crafts

1:30 — 3:00
$170
ages 7+

Cooking, kitchen crafts, cheesemaking, natural dying, cremes, lipbalm, bath salts, seasoned vinegars, pickles. Students will make useful household items from scratch and explore the science of kitchen crafts such as cheesemaking. Class participants, in consultation with the instructor, will help choose the projects for the class.


Animal Afternoon

$150
12:30 – 2:45
PreK – 3

This class is designed for younger students to learn about our favorite animals of the world with a story, short video, craft and game. The class offers opportunities for socialization, group work, individual work, and learning through listening to stories, viewing images, acting out and using imagination and communicating ideas. Indoor and outdoor activities strengthen large and small motor skills, as well as observation, recognizing patterns, and paying attention to detail. Students get choice in the activities they participate in and the animals the class focuses on for study.

Includes snack and outdoor or free play time.

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