Enrichment Classes – Spring 2014

Enrichment Class Schedule – Spring, 2014


Mondays – 8 weeks
March 31 – June 2 (No class April 14 and May 26)

Instructor: Ansel Schmidt

Here in the woodshop we let the students take the lead, designing and building individual or group projects ranging from simple to complex. The results are often unique and always empowering. We teach safe techniques of basic woodworking and let our students’ imaginations soar! It’s fun, challenging, and inspiring.

The Written Word: Poetry, Stories, and Writing (2nd – 5th grade only)

Mondays – 8 Weeks
March 31 – June 2 (No class April 14 and May 26)
Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet – Aurora Parent and Poet Extraordinaire

Do you have more ideas than you know what to do with? Do you love the sound and feel of language? Do you ever read a poem or story and feel, as Emily Dickinson once said, “like the top of my head has been taken off”? This is the class for you. We’ll read and write poems and stories, play fun writing games, and learn to help each other make our work the best it can be through feedback and revision. Come with ideas, or just with a desire to try something new! Please visit Lisa’s website for more information.

Circus Moves

Tuesdays – 8 Weeks
April 1 – June 10 (No class April 15, May 6, and May 20)

Instructor: Cynthia Rauschert

Every session we offer a different curriculum introducing exciting new skills and equipment. Classes include, but are not limited to: fun warm-ups, tumbling and acrobatics, juggling and other object manipulations, equilibristics (stilts, circus globe, rola bola, unicycle), cooperative games, and theater sports (physical comedy, improvisation and clowning). We offer a balance of guided learning and self-directed play and each class offers new opportunities for children to get into their bodies and explore their world using physical expression and creativity. Visit the Circus Moves website for more information.

Toyology: Science Through Toys (ALL NEW PROJECTS!)

Wednesdays – 8 weeks
April 2 – May 28 (No class April 16)

Instructor: Sarah’s Science Camp

In these exciting hands-on science classes we will build a variety of toys and use them to demonstrate major scientific concepts such as energy, electricity, light, gravity, motion, friction, magnetism and simple machines. Each student will construct and take home a science toy in every class. Toys include: Light Up Idea Bot, Magic Moving Picture Tube, Topsy Turvy Top, Tube Rocket, Flipper Flapper Quacker, and more!


Thursdays – 8 Weeks
April 3 – June 5 (No class April 17 and May 8)
Instructor: Julee Lee – K/1 Teaching Assistant

K/1 Class: In this class, children will begin with finger knitting (where children use their fingers as needles). We will do different projects with plastic canvas and yarn such as a bookmark, box or bag. And if children are interested, we will also learn the basics of crocheting.

2 – 5 Class: Our knitting class will start with making our own knitting needles. From there, kids will choose a yarn color and learn how to cast-on and some basic stitches. Some projects we will do are wristbands, fingerless gloves, a scarf or cowl neck and maybe a bag. For kids coming in with basic skills, we will learn to do more advanced techniques such as ribbing, cables, decreasing and increasing stitches and other techniques in which children might be interested.