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Winter term classes will run for 8 weeks, except for Megan's, which will run for 6 weeks. If your student is enrolled in a 6 week class, they may attend Supervised Stay for the 2 weeks that they do not have class.

For the winter term, CHEC will follow CDC Covid recommendations. Under the current community level response system, this would mean requiring indoor masking if the community (City of Charlottesville) has a high level of Covid transmission, but not requiring indoor masking if our level is low or medium.


Winter 2023 : (January 09, 2023 - February 27, 2023)
Make-Up Days - March 6, March 13
Register before 2022-12-31 to avoid the late registration fee of $5.00 per class.
Scholarship applications are due by 2022-12-31.
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
Monday - 09:30-10:10
Creative Dance
Creativity, imagination, and joyful expression are nurtured while young dancers explore movement concepts, develop dance skills, strengthen the body & brain, and connect with others. No experience needed!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Creativity, imagination, and dance!
$120.00 5-9 Gabrielle Buckle 0/15 Lower Hall 2 Unitarian Universalist Closed
Monday - 09:30-10:50
CHEC Breakfast Club
Too busy on an early Monday morning to have breakfast? No problem! Come join the CHEC Breakfast Club as we prepare simple, yet tasty, breakfast meals to enjoy together. We will follow recipes and add our own touches to each meal (ex: waffles with your choice of add-ins, a your-choice-of-yogurt parfait with homemade granola). At the end of each class you will leave with a copy of the recipe(s) so that you can recreate meals at home.
Notes: Although every effort will be made to ensure that dietary needs are met, I cannot guarantee that exposure to allergens will not occur or that every dietary restriction can be met. We can experiment with gluten-free options, dairy free, and remove known allergens such as peanut butter, but please know that there is still the risk of exposure to allergens.
Prerequisites: No cooking experience required!
Make and enjoy your own breakfast!
$200.00 5-8 Casandra Wendell 11/6 Lower Hall Kitchen Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
World Cultures through Stories and Art
Together we'll read stories from Africa, Asia, The Middle East, Europe and the Americas. We will learn about other cultures and lifestyles, explore geography and the globe, and see where we are in relation to the rest of the world. Along the way we will learn some words and greetings in other languages and practice our new skills. In the second half of class we will explore art with mandalas, mosaics and more!
Notes:
Prerequisites: Love of stories
Around the world with storytelling & art
$168.00 5-9 Monica Farrell 11/10 Social Hall Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Supervised Stay
Supervised Stay is intended for students who wish to stay at CHEC when they are not taking a class. It is intended for those who want to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between two classes that they want to take, those who have siblings take classes but don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Heidi Betts 0/8 Church Parlour Unitarian Universalist Open
Play With Your Food - Brunch Edition
Join me in the pursuit of beautiful brunch. We'll sculpt with fruit, paint with sauces, and craft with charcuterie. We'll look at creating balanced brunch menus, tips for what can be made ahead, and creative presentation. For our last class, we'll put together everything we've learned and host brunch for parents.
Notes: Most days students will make food in class that can be part of a late breakfast or an early lunch.
Prerequisites:
Edible Art
$210.00 9-11 Teela James 2/6 Upstairs kitchen Unitarian Universalist Open
Human Cyborg - 6 Weeks
You, me, and everyone—we’re all just mammals. Is a mammal more than just a biological machine? Come explore with us! We'll examine the many systems of the human body, including the digestive and skeletal systems. We will make a working model of an arm and create new skin in this exploration of the human animal. Do you know which pieces of us can be replaced by machines? We'll have fun as we explore biology, anatomy, biomechanics, prosthetics, and the physics of the human body!
Notes: This class will meet for six weeks only, starting Jan. 9th and ending Feb. 13th. Feb. 20th will be our makeup day, if needed.
Prerequisites:
Human body and robotics study
$140.00 9-12 Megan Bailey 5/10 Lower Hall 2 Unitarian Universalist Open
Beginner and Intermediate Guitar and Songwriting
This course is for both beginner and intermediate learners. Students will learn or continue to build upon their knowledge of the basic guitar chords that are used to compose most songs. They will also learn the essential parts of a guitar and their functions, as well as basic music theory as related to rhythm and tempo. At the end of the course, students will be able to compose their own songs using basic guitar chords. They will also develop the confidence to perform or showcase their new skills. Parents are welcome to take the course with their children.
Notes: Students may rent guitars from me at $5 per session (I have 5 personal guitars to rent out, on first come first served basis), purchase personal guitars (recommended for students who wish to continue into intermediate and advanced guitar courses at CHEC), or rent from musical stores in Charlottesville. Amazon and Ebay.com also sell affordable guitars with a rating of 3 stars (out of 5) for $30 - $50.
Prerequisites: None
Finger picking, strumming, and rhythm
$175.00 10-18 Louis Torkornoo 0/15 Sanctuary Unitarian Universalist Closed
Advanced Reptile Husbandry
Can you train a snake? How do you tell if a turtle is "happy"? How can we measure lizard intelligence? Join My Three Chambered Heart to explore the fascinating world of reptiles in the context of captive zoological keeping. We will be focusing on each species unique biology as it relates to keeping them successfully in captivity. What do different reptiles require to survive? We will discuss ethical considerations such as thriving versus surviving and how to determine which species are a good (and bad) fit for captivity and the pet trade. Students will have the opportunity to perform health checks, weigh and measure live reptiles, and develop diet plans. The class will follow the growth of young reptile species and keep detailed records of their progress. We will mix our own supplement blends and flavor enhancers. Students will also work together to design and build enclosures, using information learned in class and scientific tools to measure light, UVB, heat and humidity levels. We will propagate plant species to use in enclosure builds and learn safe foraging guidelines to utilize naturally collected materials. We will discuss the concept of "enrichment" and build our own food mazes and enrichment puzzles for reptiles to explore in class. We will also work on target training and track the progress week to week. This class covers turtles, tortoises, crocodilians, snakes, and lizards. New students are welcome to join, and previous students will learn about their favorite species from a new perspective and take an active role in care and keeping.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Diets, training and enclosure building
$180.00 12-18 Jacob Pugh 7/15 Summit House Room 4 Unitarian Universalist Open
Build a Business
Do you have what it takes to start and run your own small business? In this class each student will build their own business from the idea stage to marketing and selling their own goods and/or services. We will cover naming, logo creation, pricing, sourcing materials, researching competition, and optimizing work flow. The materials fee covers a custom printed t-shirt with their business logo, business cards, business journal/ledger, and printed signage materials for display. Students will need to source materials for their specific business outside of class and develop their own budget (with parent involvement). For the format of this class, businesses selling hand made products would be the best fit but other ideas are welcome and encouraged. The class will end with a market at CHEC for students to sell their wares and a Saturday market to sell to the general public (date TBA, likely IX Farmers Market). This class will require work outside of class (sourcing materials) and parental involvement (inital investment or loan for start up costs, transportation to get materials and to market). Product ideas can be simple (watercolor paintings on paper) or more complex (knit scarves, jewelry, etc). Students will get individual help and advice to determine the right products for their business, skill set, and budget. We will also cover the paperwork basics such as local and state permits, insurance, and online selling and marketing tools (Etsy, etc).
Notes: Students will need to provide their own materials to bring to class to work on their products (craft materials, yarn for knitting, etc). Students will need to create a minimum of 30-40 pieces for sale. Students will need an email address for their business (phone number optional). A device (phone, tablet, laptop) will be helpful for research and to use Canva for graphic design. Students who have iPads with Apple Pencils and Procreate should bring them along to class as their device. Calculators (if not on devices) are also helpful.
Prerequisites: Basic math skills and familiarity for determing material cost per item (I can help, if needed). Ability to work independently on making products. Some writing or typing will be required: making lists, signage, and filling out budget and cost sheets.
Entrepreneurship & small business basics
$200.00 12-18 Elizabeth Riner 10/12 Lower Hall 1 Unitarian Universalist Open
Monday - 11:00-11:40
Paint and Play
We will make collages and paintings out of bits of nature, colored paper, pom poms, and glitter! We will use paint, crayon. and markers. Get your little one started (or continue) on their artistic journey and build hand-eye coordination and shape recognition at the same time. We will make 2D and 3D flowers, trees, birds, landscapes, and much more. Attending a previous class is not necessary!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
First art-making experiences
$85.00 3-5 Janet Beals 5/9 Lower Hall 3 Unitarian Universalist Open
Monday - 11:00-12:20
Measurement Mania - 6 Weeks
How much water can a balloon hold? If I stand on my brother's head, can I touch the ceiling? How many pennies does an apple weigh? There are many different ways to measure something, and everything can be measured! Join us in our quest to measure anything that comes our way. We'll use standard units, such as inches and feet, ounces and pounds, but we'll also make up our own as we go along!
Notes: This class will meet for six weeks only, starting Jan. 9th and ending Feb. 13th. Feb. 20th will be our makeup day, if needed.
Prerequisites:
Math study - measurement
$135.00 5-8 Megan Bailey 9/10 Mural Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Sensory Science
Come dressed for a mess and prepared to have fun as we explore science through a variety of hands on activities each week. We will explore the science of light and conduct glow in the dark experiments, experiment with chemical reactions and have a ton of fun with baking soda (there is so much more to baking soda than a volcano!), grow bacteria and investigate how germs and viruses spread, spend some time exploring "cold science" (why do liquids freeze, do all liquids freeze, what makes ice melt, and safe--but oh so fun--dry ice demonstrations!), and mix up our own red cabbage juice in our investigation of the pH scale and acids and bases. We will learn some fancy science terminology along the way, read about some amazing scientists, and have a great time answering "why?" and "what if?"
Notes: This will be a very hands on class and while experiments will be safe, they will not be taste safe. Safety procedures will need to be followed in order to ensure the best experience for everyone. There will be a day where dry ice will be brought and experiments will be conducted with dry ice, however, adults will be the only ones handling dry ice.
Prerequisites:
Hands on science exploration.
$185.00 5-8 Casandra Wendell 14/10 Lower Hall Kitchen Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
American Ninja Warrior
This course introduces a fun, safe, and exciting way to learn self defense (non-violent, non-sparring). You will gain situational awareness/stranger danger, discuss life skills such as self discipline, self confidence, anti-violence bully prevention, goal setting, leadership, anger management techniques, etc. Besides learning the fundamental blocks of karate as a martial art used for self defense only, the fitness part of the class will also involve creative obstacle courses that will improve your agility, flexibility, lower and upper body strength. By the end of our session, your teams, with my help, will perform a choreographed set of karate moves put to music and wow your friends and families. You may also show off your fine-tuned skills of beating ninja obstacles.
Notes: Students taking the class a second time will begin with a yellow belt. All new students will begin with a white belt. All students will receive colored stripes for each session. Students are encouraged to wear a white top to class to promote uniformity, discipline, and team spirit.
Prerequisites: Students who took the course in the previous winter term may continue and will learn new self defense skills.
Obstacle course, karate.
$185.00 5-8 Louis Torkornoo 14/14 Lower Hall 2 Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Supervised Stay
Supervised Stay is intended for students who wish to stay at CHEC when they are not taking a class. It is intended for those who want to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between two classes that they want to take, those who have siblings take classes but don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Heidi Betts 0/8 Church Parlour Unitarian Universalist Open
Advanced Reptile Husbandry
Can you train a snake? How do you tell if a turtle is "happy"? How can we measure lizard intelligence? Join My Three Chambered Heart to explore the fascinating world of reptiles in the context of captive zoological keeping. We will be focusing on each species unique biology as it relates to keeping them successfully in captivity. What do different reptiles require to survive? We will discuss ethical considerations such as thriving versus surviving and how to determine which species are a good (and bad) fit for captivity and the pet trade. Students will have the opportunity to perform health checks, weigh and measure live reptiles, and develop diet plans. The class will follow the growth of young reptile species and keep detailed records of their progress. We will mix our own supplement blends and flavor enhancers. Students will also work together to design and build enclosures, using information learned in class and scientific tools to measure light, UVB, heat and humidity levels. We will propagate plant species to use in enclosure builds and learn safe foraging guidelines to utilize naturally collected materials. We will discuss the concept of "enrichment" and build our own food mazes and enrichment puzzles for reptiles to explore in class. We will also work on target training and track the progress week to week. This class covers turtles, tortoises, crocodilians, snakes, and lizards. New students are welcome to join, and previous students will learn about their favorite species from a new perspective and take an active role in care and keeping.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Diets, training and enclosure building
$180.00 9-11 Jacob Pugh 7/15 Summit House Room 4 Unitarian Universalist Open
Plush Sewing
Follow along with weekly tutorials to create plush animals, food, objects, and custom creations! Students will use professional materials to build and assemble their own pieces. By the end of the session, students will have at least five fun and unique hand made projects - including a whale and a sushi roll. Everyone will work at their own speed, with additional projects available to those who are experienced or work quickly. We will be primarily hand sewing, but students are welcome to bring along a sewing machine they are familiar with. Shared machines will be available to use in class. We will also learn the basics of pattern making, allowing students the opportunity to create their own custom patterns and sew a plush from them. We will be tracing, cutting, sewing, and embroidering. No previous experience is required, but some experience hand sewing is recommended.
Notes: Students will need to have their own pair of fabric scissors to leave in their sewing kit every week. Please select a style and size that is most comfortable for them, typically young sewists do best with smaller and lighter scissors. For their custom pattern, students may need to purchase their own fabric depending on the size and colors of their creation.
Prerequisites:
Create plush animals, food, and more
$200.00 9-11 Elizabeth Riner 11/12 Lower Hall 1 Unitarian Universalist Open
Elemental Fun
Come learn about the elements from the history to the science. We will be diving into the periodic table to uncover how elements are classified, what all the numbers mean and how does this affect large and small things. This class will have fun with science experiments while learning how the elements play out in everyday life.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Science
$175.00 9-12 Kim Lohan 7/7 Social Hall Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Play With Your Food - Brunch Edition
Join me in the pursuit of beautiful brunch. We'll sculpt with fruit, paint with sauces, and craft with charcuterie. We'll look at creating balanced brunch menus, tips for what can be made ahead, and creative presentation. For our last class, we'll put together everything we've learned and host brunch for parents.
Notes: Most days students will make food in class that can be part of a late breakfast or an early lunch.
Prerequisites:
Edible Art
$210.00 11-13 Teela James 2/6 Upstairs kitchen Unitarian Universalist Open
Basketball
Boys and girls will learn the basics of team basketball each Monday. They will learn the fitness, mental, technical, and tactical fundamentals to be successful in a game situation. The class will consist of training at Washington Park and classroom activities as well. There will be a few games scheduled with area schools. More details to come regarding the games.
Notes: If your child is interested but not in the age group, please contact me. Coach West 434-430/0378
Prerequisites: Please have sneakers and be prepared for sessions outside.
Basketball basics
$160.00 11-17 T Williams 6/12 Basketball Court - Washington Park UU-Outdoors Open
Survey of Native American Culture and History
This course will survey the history and culture of tribes across the United States. There will be hands-on activities, storytelling, and for those interested a chance to present a tribe's culture and history to the class! There is no better time than the present to start learning about the indigenous people of the U.S as there are many pertinent modern movements taking place. The instructor Ms. Avakian, is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and holds a bachelor's degree in Native American Studies from the University of Montana. Currently, she is an Ed.D candidate focusing on diversity within education and is eager to work with students of all backgrounds.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Hands on History class
$210.00 12-17 Emily Avakian 7/15 Blue Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Card Gamer
Learn and play unique and uncommon card games each week. Each class will start with some brief information about the game history and development for the card game(s) of the day. Game rules and practice hands will be completed before spending the bulk of class time playing! Students will have input into which games we cover throughout the session, with games covering the quick and simple to the more complex. Contenders include, but are not limited to: Saboteur, Boss Monster, Skull King, Here to Slay, Scopa, Machi Koro, Dominion, GUBs and Antiquity Quest. Students will have the opportunity to share card game reviews and discuss new releases and favorites throughout the season.
Notes:
Prerequisites: Ability to play a focused game through to conclusion. Cards in some of the covered games are text-heavy and require strong reading skills.
Learn, play and review card games
$170.00 12-18 Susan Maccarelli 8/6 Sanctuary Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Monday - 13:00-14:20
Nature Detectives: The Winter Woods
Do wolves really howl at the moon? How are bears able to sleep all winter long without getting up to eat? Is every single snowflake really unique? Come along as we investigate these mysteries of the natural world. We’ll learn about hibernation, migration, and adaptation. We’ll explore the secret lives of bears, the science of snow, and the wonder of moon cycles. We’ll also discover why some animals change colors with the seasons, how trees survive the winter, and what stratification means.
Notes: This class will take place outdoors except in cases of extreme weather (below 40* or lightning). We also may get messy. Please have your child dress accordingly and/or bring a change of clothes.
Prerequisites:
Nature Study, Science, Art
$185.00 5-7 Amy Eachus 9/10 Lower Hall 3 Unitarian Universalist Open
Solar System Explorers Junior
What is Neptune made of? Why does Jupiter have a red spot? What would a life form need to survive on mars? What is a dwarf planet? We'll explore these questions and more as we learn about our solar system. We will use songs, books, and hands-on art and science projects. At the end of the course, children will be familiar with the names of the planets and dwarf planets in our solar system. We will also talk about the moon and space exploration.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Planets! Moons! Stars! Spaceships!
$175.00 5-8 Heidi Betts 12/10 Blue Room Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Hands on History
Interested in learning more about things that happened in the past, but don't know where to start? Then Hands on History is the class for you! Together we will explore various time periods and learn some amazing facts all through hands on projects! Want to learn more about dinosaurs? Lets make some fossils and our very own excavation kit! Think Colonial America might be something you want to explore? Wonderful! Lets play colonial games, bake a treat from corn, and make a salt dough map! Want to build famous buildings from Ancient Greece out of candy? Then Hands on History is the place to be! Each of us will keep a journal to document our travels and I will provide a list of books and activities that will allow you to dive deeper into the time periods at home!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Hands on history exploration!
$190.00 5-8 Casandra Wendell 9/8 Lower Hall Kitchen Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Supervised Stay
Supervised Stay is intended for students who wish to stay at CHEC when they are not taking a class. It is intended for those who want to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between two classes that they want to take, those who have siblings take classes but don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Amber Jones 3/8 Church Parlour Unitarian Universalist Open
Birds and Flowers of Virginia
The Eastern Bluebird, the Cardinal, Bluejay, and the Pileated Woodpecker are all birds common to Virginia. Learn to draw, paint, and sculpt them, as well as learning about their nests, their size, migration patterns, and where they like to live in Virginia. We'll do the same with Virginia flowers such as Dogwood, Redbud, Azalea, Mountain Laurel, and Brown-Eyed Susan. Our sculpting method is the easy to learn tinfoil and masking tape method.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Nature Study and Art
$167.00 7-10 Janet Beals 0/12 TBA TBA Closed
Surreal, Unreal and Weird Art
Use your imagination to create unreal and weird works of art using a variety of media. Each week, students will work with a different medium or style of art to create sculptures, painting and other creations straight out of their dreams. Classes will include discussions of different artists and styles (including Surrealism and Dadaism) intended to inspire the students’ original creations. We will make steampunk creatures; sculptures from wire and cans; mixed media paintings of made-up worlds; polymer clay monsters; and a lot more! Co-teacher is Teela James. We will also be organizing a field trip to the VMFA in February with a focus on weird and surreal art. More details to come on the field trips page.
Notes: Wear clothing that can get messy
Prerequisites:
Creating and learning about art
$195.00 8-11 Cindy Young 13/12 Social Hall Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Personalize Me!
Meet new CHEC friends and let us get to know you better in this class where the focus is on the students! This class is heavy on structured social activities that appeal to introverts and extroverts alike, and make it easy to make new friends. Topics covered will include names, dream boards, just-for-fun personality quizzes, fingerprints, binary coding-inspired initial keychains, selfie artwork, patronus animals, birth month symbols and personal favorite recommendations, just to name a few. Each week will include a brief lesson that may explore the science, history, literature and/or math behind each topic, while personalizing subjects with a wide variety of crafts, games, art, reviews, and other other unique activities.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
All about me activities
$180.00 8-12 Susan Maccarelli 8/8 Sanctuary Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Hidden Clues & Puzzles
Can you solve the puzzles and follow the clues to complete the mission? Test your skills and knowledge with increasingly tricky challenges. Students will work as a team to solve complex puzzles and follow clues in this class that combines elements of escape rooms, scavenger hunts, problem solving challenges, and logic puzzles. Each week will present a problem and students will piece together puzzles, build devices to learn the next clue, and find keys to unlock the next part of the test. Can you solve the number puzzle to calculate the combination to a padlock? Can you find the answer to the next clue hidden in the passages of a book? Will a special light reveal the clue, or the lack of light? Make sure to solve the riddles correctly, or a team member might be "injured" and unable to help the team as effectively!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Escape room style scavenger hunts
$175.00 9-11 Jacob Pugh 11/12 Summit House Room 4 Unitarian Universalist Open
Plush Sewing
Follow along with weekly tutorials to create plush animals, food, objects, and custom creations! Students will use professional materials to build and assemble their own pieces. By the end of the session, students will have at least five fun and unique hand made projects - including a whale and a sushi roll. Everyone will work at their own speed, with additional projects available to those who are experienced or work quickly. We will be primarily hand sewing, but students are welcome to bring along a sewing machine they are familiar with. Shared machines will be available to use in class. We will also learn the basics of pattern making, allowing students the opportunity to create their own custom patterns and sew a plush from them. We will be tracing, cutting, sewing, and embroidering. No previous experience is required, but some experience hand sewing is recommended. Students will have the opportunity to work on a high end sewing machine and serger.
Notes: Students will need to have their own pair of fabric scissors to leave in their sewing kit every week. Please select a style and size that is most comfortable for them, typically young sewists do best with smaller and lighter scissors. For their custom pattern, students may need to purchase their own fabric depending on the size and colors of their creation.
Prerequisites:
Create plush animals, food, and more
$200.00 12-18 Elizabeth Riner 12/12 Lower Hall 1 Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Bot Wars - 6 Weeks
Bug bots, bristle bots, wiggle bots, and more! We’ll design an arena for our various bots to compete and battle it out. Sound simple enough? Well, you’re wrong! We’ll also create mechanical (and robotic) obstacles for our bots to navigate through. It's not all about the battles, though. Join us to explore the world of robotics!
Notes: This class will meet for six weeks only, starting Jan. 9th and ending Feb. 13th. Feb. 20th will be our makeup day, if needed.
Prerequisites:
Intro to robotics
$150.00 12-18 Megan Bailey 13/10 Lower Hall 2 Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Monday - 14:30-15:50
Storytelling through Play
Do you like envisioning what a fairy world would like? Or want to travel to the desert while in a classroom? This creative class is for kids who look at a small object and see it's potential. This class we will explore hands on building of various scenes; arctic winter, desert biome, magic forest, etc. Come listen to a story and then create your own mini world in a sandtray. This class is for kids who love to imagine and like the tactile world of telling stories through small objects. Each student will create a book of their own stories by dictating to the teacher as well as document each tray through drawing and photos.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Story telling, sensory exploration
$170.00 5-7 Kim Lohan 5/4 Lower Hall Kitchen Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
The Science of Sound - 6 Weeks
Sound only occurs in your ears, right? And it only works if you can hear it... Right? WRONG! In this class, we will certainly explore various sounds that we can hear. Some sounds will be up close, some far away, some a riddle, and some a mystery. We will also feel sounds and even see them! How can sound be seen and felt? Join us to find out!
Notes: This class will meet for six weeks only, starting Jan. 9th and ending Feb. 13th. Feb. 20th will be our makeup day, if needed.
Prerequisites:
Sound science
$135.00 5-8 Megan Bailey 11/12 Mural Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Learning Math Facts Through Games, Music, and Rhymes
Do math facts sometimes bore you? Is it often hard to remember your math facts? As a certified math teacher, I can completely understand. Studies have shown that learning facts through games, rhymes, drumming, and music is more effective and more fun. Join your friends as we learn our math facts with fun activities.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Math and Music
$180.00 5-8 Louis Torkornoo 0/14 Mural Room Unitarian Universalist Closed
My Favorite Animals
Is your favorite animal a cat, a dog, or a zebra? In this eight-week course, you'll be able to make 8 favorite animals of your choice (including birds, bugs, or snakes!) We'll start with a schematic drawing to get proportions right, then move to easy sculpture with tinfoil, making tape, and paint. We will also use fabric collage and natural materials to make our art, and will make a mask of our favorite creature! If there is time, you can make a habitat for your favorite animal as well.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Drawing, Sculpture, & Animals
$167.00 5-8 Janet Beals 0/12 TBA TBA Closed
Supervised Stay
Supervised Stay is intended for students who wish to stay at CHEC when they are not taking a class. It is intended for those who want to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between two classes that they want to take, those who have siblings take classes but don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Amber Jones 1/8 Church Parlour Unitarian Universalist Open
Contemporary/Lyrical Dance
Contemporary/Lyrical dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Students will create stories through movement and emotion each class and work on a final performance for the final day. No dance experience necessary.
Notes:
Prerequisites: None
Style of expressive dance
$190.00 7-15 Gabrielle Buckle 10/15 Social Hall Unitarian Universalist Open
Solar System Explorers
What is Neptune made of? Why does Jupiter have a red spot? What would a life form need to survive on mars? What is a dwarf planet? We'll explore these questions and more as we learn about our solar system. We will use songs, books, and hands-on art and science projects. At the end of the course, children will be familiar with the names of the planets and dwarf planets in our solar system. We will also talk about the moon and space exploration.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Planets! Moons! Stars! Spaceships!
$175.00 8-11 Heidi Betts 7/12 Blue Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Build a Business
Do you have what it takes to start and run your own small business? In this class each student will build their own business from the idea stage to marketing and selling their own goods and/or services. We will cover naming, logo creation, pricing, sourcing materials, researching competition, and optimizing work flow. The materials fee covers a custom printed t-shirt with their business logo, business cards, business journal/ledger, and printed signage materials for display. Students will need to source materials for their specific business outside of class and develop their own budget (with parent involvement). For the format of this class, businesses selling hand made products would be the best fit but other ideas are welcome and encouraged. The class will end with a market at CHEC for students to sell their wares and a Saturday market to sell to the general public (date TBA, likely IX Farmers Market). This class will require work outside of class (sourcing materials) and parental involvement (inital investment or loan for start up costs, transportation to get materials and to market). Product ideas can be simple (watercolor paintings on paper) or more complex (knit scarves, jewelry, etc). Students will get individual help and advice to determine the right products for their business, skill set, and budget.
Notes: Students will need to provide their own materials to bring to class to work on their products (craft materials, yarn for knitting, etc). Students will need to create a minimum of 30-40 pieces for sale. Students will need an email address for their business (phone number optional). A device (phone, tablet, laptop) will be helpful for research and to use Canva for graphic design. Students who have iPads with Apple Pencils and Procreate should bring them along to class as their device. Calculators (if not on devices) are also helpful.
Prerequisites: Basic math skills and familiarity for determing material cost per item (I can help, if needed). Ability to work independently on making products. Some writing or typing will be required: making lists, signage, and filling out budget and cost sheets.
Entrepreneurship & small business basics
$200.00 9-11 Elizabeth Riner 5/12 Lower Hall 1 Unitarian Universalist Open
Commedia del Arte
Commedia del Arte was a masked, improvisational theatre form popular on the streets of Italy in the 16th century and beyond. The performers used a set of stock archetypal characters to poke fun at the upper classes, politicians, and shenanigans of the common people. In this class, we will learn some of the history behind commedia, learn about the stock characters, make our own masks, and write and perform some short skits. This is the type of theatre the term "slapstick" originated from. It should be fun :-) Please note: Some take-home reading will be required, but not weekly.
Notes: Some take-home reading will be required, but not weekly.
Prerequisites:
Masked Improv comedy from 16th c Italy
$170.00 12-16 Alena Solenne 5/8 Sanctuary Unitarian Universalist Open
Photography for Teens
Explore the art and science of digital photography! We’ll play with the laws of composition —and learn when to break them!—to change how we tell stories through images. Along the way, we’ll also delve into how to use shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to make creative choices, AND we'll learn the basic science of how a camera works. Each week will include fun prompts and scavenger hunt challenges (including photo-walks and outdoor activities) to spark creativity and allow us to see the world around us through a new lens!
Notes: Students will need a digital camera of some sort -- an entry-level DSLR would be great if you have access to one, but a cell phone camera will work as well!
Prerequisites:
Creativity and Science Through the Lens
$185.00 12-18 Rebecca George 11/10 Lower Hall 2 Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Hidden Clues & Puzzles
Can you solve the puzzles and follow the clues to complete the mission? Test your skills and knowledge with increasingly tricky challenges. Students will work as a team to solve complex puzzles and follow clues in this class that combines elements of escape rooms, scavenger hunts, problem solving challenges, and logic puzzles. Each week will present a problem and students will piece together puzzles, build devices to learn the next clue, and find keys to unlock the next part of the test. Can you solve the number puzzle to calculate the combination to a padlock? Can you find the answer to the next clue hidden in the passages of a book? Will a special light reveal the clue, or the lack of light? Make sure to solve the riddles correctly, or a team member might be "injured" and unable to help the team as effectively!
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Prerequisites:
Escape room style scavenger hunts
$175.00 12-18 Jacob Pugh 15/12 Summit House Room 4 Unitarian Universalist Waitlist