Outdoor Study Group

VIRTUAL CLASSES: FALL - SESSION 2

Session 2:  October 19th - November 21st

Registration for Session 2 will go live on Tuesday, October 6th at 9am.

 

EXPERIMENTING FUN! - MONDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 2-5

Do you love to experiment with items that are in your home? Do you love to make a mess?  Then this is the class for you!  Each week we will experiment with common household items to explore something new: play dough, clouds, balloons, bubble bombs, and butter.  

Warning: This class is a little messy, and A LOT of fun!

This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Mondays, 10/19-11/16

Time: 3:30 pm

SUPERHERO ART CLUB - TUESDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 1 - 5

In this virtual art class, students will learn the basics of drawing superheroes, cartoon characters, and animals.  The step-by-step instruction in this class will teach the students valuable lessons in how to draw, and give them the tools to make their own characters come to life.


This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Tuesdays, 10/20 -11/17

Times: 3:30 pm or 4:30 pm 

BAKING CLUB - WEDNESDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 1-5

Baking club will give your student independence and autonomy to create some delicious and healthy sweet treats. We will learn about the elements of baking and bake a new treat each day! As we learn about the elements of baking, we will also talk about healthy alternatives and substitutes to add to our recipes. This class will require your student to utilize the oven and refrigerator.


This class is one hour and capped at 4 students.


Dates: Wednesdays, 10/21 - 11/18

Times: 3:30 pm or 4:30 pm

YOGA: END OF DAY COOL DOWN - THURSDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 1-5

Is distance learning getting to you? When times get tough, yoga can cool us down, not to mention add a myriad of benefits to our daily lives. The age-old practice of yoga can foster concentration, motivation, and an overall sense of general well-being for adults and children alike. This class is designed as an end of day “check-in” where students can tune into their emotions and develop a quiet space within the demands of virtual learning. Together we will calm the mind and develop skills as we move through this ancient practice. Namaste!


This class is 30 minutes and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Thursdays, 10/22 -11/19

Time: 4:30pm

ONCE UPON A TIME - THURSDAYS

Available to Students in Grades K-2

In this class students will study short clips of fairy tales, then they will write and illustrate their own fairytale or complete a craft related to the story. Bring your creativity and imagination, and we will live happily ever after during our hour together each week!

This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Thursdays, 10/22-11/19

Times: 3:30 pm or 4:30 pm

SPANISH 1 - MONDAYS/TUESDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 1-5

Bienvenidos a todos! This virtual Spanish class is meant for brand-new students to the Spanish language. Your child will learn the foundations of Spanish through visuals, games, activities, songs, dance, storytime, and more. Key lessons will include greetings, colors, days of the week, numbers, and some letter sounds. Students will become familiar with the language and be able to greet friends and family in Spanish. The goal is for kids to have as much fun as possible while starting the exciting journey of learning another language!

This class is 1 hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Mondays & Tuesdays, 10/19 - 11/17

Times:

3:30 pm - Kindergarten - 2nd grade

4:30 pm - 3rd - 5th grade

 SPANISH 2 - WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 1-5

Seguimos aprendiendo juntos! If your child has a basis in Spanish, this class will expand upon their core knowledge and serve as a review to brush-up their skills. Your child will continue learning the foundations of Spanish through visuals, games, activities, songs, dance, story time, and more. Key lessons will include emotions, family, parts of the body, weather, and more letter sounds. Students will explore basic conversations and key phrases in Spanish. This class is tailored to students’ abilities and is meant to spark joy to continue learning Spanish in fun and inventive ways! 

This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10/21 - 11/19


Times:

3:30 pm - Kindergarten - 2nd grade

4:30 pm - 3rd - 5th grade

PHOTOGRAPHY: VISUAL STORYTELLING - FRIDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 3-5

More than ever before, we are living in a visual world that opens up limitless creativity for students! This class will use today's amazing digital tools to teach students about the basics of visual storytelling through the guiding principles of photojournalism. Students will learn the fundamentals of photo composition with fun in-class activities, group sharing, and engaging assignments they can accomplish right at home and in their very own backyard. Your child will gain the confidence to create narrative stories, portraits, and still life images to convey their unique artistic perspective. Students will also have the option to upload their work to a private blog to share with family and friends as they learn each new lesson! Photography encourages creative expression, planning, idea development, and innovative communication skills. But more than anything, it is loads of fun and your child will leave class feeling excited and proud of their work! 

*Note: students will need an iPhone or iPad to complete this course.

This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Fridays, 10/23-11/20

Time: 3:30 pm

JOURNALISM - FRIDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 3-5

No matter the style, journalism is all about pairing curiosity with creativity! This multi-format journalism course covers the foundations of storytelling through writing, photography, video and art. With exciting group classwork and specialized at-home assignments, students will get a chance to become a different journalist each week! Your child will learn about newspaper journalism, broadcast journalism, photojournalism, and magazine journalism. Students will complete weekly projects related to each theme to share in class together with the option to also upload their work to a private blog to share with family and friends. Students will explore the world around them with curious eyes, open ears, and an inquisitive mind to get the latest story hot off the press! 

*Note: Students will need an iPhone or iPad to complete this course. Computer access is recommended for at-home project work.

This class is one hour and capped at 4 students.

Dates: Fridays, 10/23 - 11/20 

Time: 4:30pm

LATIN AMERICAN DANCE AND CULTURE - SATURDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 1-5

This animated movement-based class will be an exciting exploration of the diverse and rich cultural history of Latin America through its music and dance! Classes will introduce students to the vibrant cultures across the Latin American map, from the Caribbean islands to Southernmost Argentina, to inspire adventure and provide a joyful break in their daily school routines. Dance styles will include salsa, merengue, bachata, and beyond. (As a reference, if you’ve ever seen or taken a Zumba class, these aforementioned styles of dance are the sources of Zumba’s spirited dance routines.) This class will be full of energy as we dive into the rhythms of Latin American life that make the hemisphere a delight to explore. Students will learn about these incredible cultures while getting a lighthearted brain break to destress, socialize, and have lots of fun!


This class is one hour and capped at 4 students.


Dates: Saturdays, 10/24 - 11/21

Time: 10:00 am

MIT SCRATCH CODING 101 - MONDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 1-5

In this class, students will use coding, creativity, and design skills as they learn Scratch, a program designed by the MIT Media Lab, to code, create, and share projects. Students will use blocks of code to develop their own animation projects. Compatible Devices: Windows PC, Mac, Chromebook


This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Mondays, 10/19 -11/16

Times: 3:30 pm or 4:30 pm

YOUTUBE VIDEO PRODUCTION CAMP - TUESDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 3-6

In this class, students will create YouTube videos on a topic of their choice with their own script and Special Effects. Some examples include fashion, travel, cooking, video games, and sports. Students will learn the ins and outs of YouTube stardom! Compatible Devices: Windows PC, Mac

This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Tuesdays, 10/20 -11/17

Times: 3:30 pm or 4:30 pm (4:30 Class is Full)

ROBLOX GAME DESIGN - WEDNESDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 3-6

In this class, students will have exposure to building, engineering, and programming, as they design and create their own 3D worlds. Students will learn how to add features such as drawbridges, scoreboards, clocks, traps, power-ups, and customized terrain. Compatible Devices: Windows PC, Mac


This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Wednesdays, 10/21 -11/18

Times: 3:30 pm or 4:30 pm

MINECRAFT CHANNEL FOR YOUTUBE - THURSDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 3-6

In this class, students will learn many aspects of digital video production in Minecraft. Some learning opportunities include ideating and creating content, researching, scripting, filming, using screen capture software, adding special effects, making a plan to promote a YouTube channel, and much more! Compatible Devices: Windows PC, Mac

This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Thursdays, 10/22 - 11/19

Times: 3:30 pm or 4:30 pm

MINECRAFT CODING - WHITE BELT - FRIDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 4-7

Calling all Minecrafters! In this class, students will learn programming and enhance problem-solving skills while they build within Minecraft. Students will be coding programs that utilize in-game Computers and Turtles to create new and customized ways of interaction with the Minecraft world, environment, and items.

Compatible Devices: Windows PC, Mac

This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Fridays, 10/23 -11/20

Time: 3:30 pm 


Please Note: This class requires purchasing Minecraft Java Edition ($26) - Instructors will send directions for purchasing and downloading Minecraft ahead of the first session. If you’d rather your child be walked through downloading Minecraft ahead of the first class, add the Minecraft Set-Up option ($25) when purchasing the class.  The instructor will contact you at an agreed-upon time before the first class to walk your child through set-up.

MINECRAFT CODING - BLUE BELT - FRIDAYS

Available to Students in Grades 4 - 7

In this session, students will use all their new coding skills from our Minecraft Coding - White Belt class as they continue to build out their Minecraft world.  Our instructors will coach your through adding new items, environments, non-playable characters, and more!

This class is one hour and it is capped at 4 students.

Dates: Fridays, 10/23 -11/20

Time: 4:30 pm

MUSIC CLASSES WITH MR KROHN

Available to students in grades 1 - 5

Beginning piano:  Never played a piano before and want to learn how?  Join this class to learn the basics of how to read piano music and learn beginning piano technique (this class is meant for the piano player that has never taken piano lessons)


ECE/Kindergarten percussion class:   This 30-minute class will allow your young musician to explore the wonderful world of percussion through singing, movement, and rhythm sticks!  

Beginner+ piano:  If you've taken a few lessons (i.e. at least 1-2 years of piano) and want to take your piano skills to the next level this class is for you!  Most of the music will be for two-hands at the same time with beginning independence with each hand.


Intermediate piano:  This class is for musicians with at least 3 years of piano experience with the ability to read music in both the treble and bass staves.  Students will learn how to play classical, jazz, and pop pieces at the intermediate student level. 


Advanced piano:  This class is for musicians with at least 4+ years of piano experience with the ability to read music in both the treble and bass staves.    Students will learn how to play classical, jazz, and pop pieces at the advanced student level.


Beginning ukulele:  Never played an ukulele and want to learn how?  Join this class to learn the basics of how to strum an ukulele, play and switch between basic chords (i.e strumming all four strings), and how to play chords along to basic songs (i.e. switching chords while playing with a steady beat).


Intermediate ukulele:  This class is for students that already have the knowledge of how to switch between basic chords (i.e. C, Am, F, G).  This class will teach harder chords (Em, Bm) as well as the basics of how to play melodic lines (i.e. Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Merrily We Roll Along, etc...)


Advanced ukulele:  This class is for students that have the ability to switch between all of the basic chords as well as numerous harder chords with a solid steady beat, strumming technique, and the beginnings of how to play simple melodies.  This class will teach students advanced chords and advanced strumming techniques.


Beginning guitar:  Never played a guitar and want to learn how?  This class will teach the basics of how to hold a guitar, strum basic chords with popular songs, and learn how to pluck simple melodies.


Intermediate guitar:   This class is for students that already have the knowledge of how to switch between basic chords (i.e. C, Am, Em, G, D).  This class will teach harder chords (Dm, E7, F) as well as how to play melodies with two separate lines.


Advanced guitar:  This class will teach students more advanced chords (i.e. barre chords, advanced strumming) as well as melody lines with advanced rhythms.


Vocal coaching:  This class is meant for students 7 and older that want to advance their knowledge of vocal technique through singing popular songs and fun choral repertoire.  This class will teach effective warm-ups, breathing techniques, phrasing, and diction through fun music.


Beginning/Intermediate recorder:  This class is meant for students that are excited about learning the recorder.  Learn basic melodies and note reading through the Recorder Karate curriculum as well as popular songs.


Intermediate/advanced recorder:  This class is meant for students that have previous recorder experience and they want a fun challenge on a great instrument.  This class will focus on notes outside of the standard Recorder Karate curriculum and will focus on the full range of the recorder using traditional Irish melodies and popular/movie songs. 


Woodwind/Brass class:  This class will teach techniques used for woodwind and brass instruments (i.e. clarinet, flute, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, etc...)


Beginning violin class:  Never played the violin and want to learn how?  This class will teach the basics of how to hold the violin, use the bow, and read basic violin music.

All music classes are 30 minutes and are capped at 6 students.

Times: 3:30 pm - 6 pm

HEAR WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR CLASSES!

Reviews and Recommendations

Our seven-year-old daughter started a virtual writing class last week, and I have rarely seen her as excited about anything. My husband and I were frankly astonished at how much she learned in just one class. This is a fabulous supplement to school-based distance learning. 

Thanks for a great week! Our daughter loved your Creative Writing class.  It was so encouraging to hear her participating eagerly on Zoom, but even better to see how excited she was to keep working on her story after class.  You helped her tap into her creativity, and I was really happy to see that she came away with a finished piece that actually had all the parts of a story. 


Our kiddo took a writing class this spring.  It was so so great. The instructor was fantastic. She does such an amazing job getting the kids to encourage one another's writing. Our daughter’s favorite part of the class was getting to listen to her classmates’ stories.


During book club, my son loved exchanging ideas with his peers about the book they read. My son was thrilled to share his ideas with others and to "synchronize" (his word) his opinions with the other kids. This is the first time I have seen him truly excited to about reading.


I cannot say strongly enough how much my son enjoyed book club. He said numerous times that he wants to do this all summer. 


My son has been enjoying developing his creative writing skills and has very willingly been doing his "homework" each day! He can't wait to sign up for another class this summer.


My daughter loved Art Club! She loved that each class was different. 

MEET OUR VIRTUAL CLASS TEACHERS

Learn about our talented teachers below:

Dr. Josh Krohn has been a music educator for 18 years.  He has spent the majority of his career working with elementary level students, as well as some time teaching high school and college.  He currently leads many professional developments for music educators throughout the Washington D.C. area and serves as the President of the Washington DC Music Educators Association under the umbrella of the National Association for Music Education.  Josh has been nominated for D.C. Teacher of the Year six times, has been nominated three times for a Grammy award for music educator of the year, and is a three-time nominee for the National LifeChanger Of The Year award.  

Corey Ferrier is currently a student at MIT majoring in Computer Science. He loves all things computing, from software development and network engineering, to video editing and teaching others programming! When not coding, he loves to play piano, is an avid hiker and is a member of MIT’s Taekwondo team.

Jaime Henry-Write has lived in Central America, Southern Mexico, and the Dominican Republic and has experience tutoring and teaching elementary-aged students. In the Dominican Republic, Jamie was a Peace Corps Education Volunteer and served as a tutor, co-teacher, and teacher trainer for two and half years. 

Dawn Bullock has been a teacher in the public school system for 15 years. Throughout her extensive teaching career, she has taught a wide range of grades from Pre-K to 8th grade. While she currently teaches in Alexandria City Public Schools, she has also taught in Tennessee and in Botswana, Africa. 

Kendra Lerner currently teaches 2nd grade in Jefferson Houston IB PreK-8 School in Alexandra, Virginia.  She began her career as a Teach for America Corps Member.  She has taught 1st and 2nd grade.

Shemeka Ivy has been an educator for over twelve years. She has pre-kindergarten through first grades, as well as fourth and fifth grades. The majority of her teaching career has focused on literacy.

Capri Coleman began her teaching career in 2005 and has been a teacher for the past 15 years. Throughout her teaching career, Capri has taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades and has taught in DC Public Schools, DC Charter Schools, a private school in VA, as well as a charter school in MD.

Elissa Berger has worked in education for the past 14 years and holds a Master's degree in secondary education. She has experience working with both elementary and secondary levels. In addition to her diverse educational background, Elissa has served on the board of the Educational Support Advisory Council within the Fairfax Country Public School system as well as served as a Personal Health Attendant where she assisted students develop their skills in both the behavioral and academic realm.

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