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Spring 2022 : (March 07, 2022 - April 25, 2022)
Make up days are May 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
Register before 2022-02-28 to avoid the late registration fee of $5.00 per class.
Scholarship applications are due by 2022-02-28.
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
Monday - 09:30-10:50
Fractured Fairy Tale
Ever wanted to know the Big Bad Wolf’s side of the story? What about Rumpelstiltskin or baby bear's tale? In this condensed version of the popular Live Arts class and camp, we'll adapt and fracture our favorite fairy tales for the stage through theater games and exercises. Learn the basics of playwriting, script analysis, and character development through ensemble work and the use of simple props and costumes. This class will culminate in a workshop performance of a completely original play!
Notes: The material fee covers basic craft supplies to make our own props and costume pieces
Prerequisites: No prerequisites
Language Arts, Drama
$170.00 5-8 Claire Chandler 9/12 Field Fry's Spring Open
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 Shelley Marshall 0/8 Playground Fry's Spring Open
Harry Potter Themed Science
Do you love Hogwarts and wish you were a student there? Come join us for some science, games and art all inspired by the Harry Potter books! We will learn about Hedwig and other owls while having an opportunity to dissect a real owl pellet. Let the magic of plants come to life in herbology. Try out writing your own scientific hypothesis in potions class. In addition to our science themes we also will also do Harry Potter art/craft activities.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Science, games, and art/crafts
$185.00 8-11 Katie Harper 11/10 Patio Fry's Spring Waitlist
Unraveling the Mystery of Music Theory
From your first note all the way up through the jazz that sounds good, this class will explain how music theory works. We will write songs together from day one, applying increasingly detailed layers of theory in an easy to understand format. The ability to read music is not necessary and will not factor into much of the class. Students will end up learning how to create their own musical puzzles, and also how to navigate though various styles and song forms. No prior musical experience necessary. We will have instruments and digital programs to experiment and test concepts. Anyone can make music. We will unravel the mystery to make song craft accessible to everyone.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Informal intro to theory & song craft
$175.00 11-16 Jacob Pugh 4/12 Pool Yard Fry's Spring Open
Introduction to Watercolor for Teens
Students will learn how to manipulate brush with paint to water ratio for successful painting with watercolor. Beginning skills include setting up palette, water to paint ratio, mark-making, linear drawing, laying small washes, contour and wash painting, using resist, and more. Each lesson will begin with a new skill, followed by practice, and concluding with a painting using the skills taught thus far. I will make suggestions and do a demonstration of an appropriate painting, but students are free to use their own ideas.
Notes: All materials are included in the supply fee, except for a sketchbook, which is optional but recommended. Masks are required for this class.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites
Basic watercolor skills
$180.00 11-16 Louisa Cahan 5/6 Entry Adjacent Fry's Spring Open
Disc Golf 101
Come and learn to play one of the fastest growing sports in the world! Disc golf is quickly becoming a favorite sport for people of all ages and abilities. It is a great way to get out into nature, compete with friends, or beat your own best score. This class teaches the basic rules of disc golf, the difference between driving, approaching, and putting, and the proper form to execute all of these various types of throws. You will learn about the importance of keeping a good mental state while playing, as well as appropriate etiquette and respect for your fellow players. By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have gone from being a novice to having the confidence to compete in your first tournament! Disc golf is an easy sport to learn and fun to play, but takes dedication to master! (Class materials fee includes putter, midrange, driver, and marker (aka "a mini") discs -- one of each disc per student.)
Notes: Please note this class will include light calisthenics and stretching exercises with the purpose of teaching the importance of preparing the body for physical activity. The first four classes will take place at Azelea Park. The second 4 classes will be held at the Meadowcreek Disc Golf course.
Prerequisites: Students must have the ability to follow instruction and engage in light physical activity
Learn the sport of Disc Golf
$200.00 12-18 Troy Bittle 6/12 Outdoors Azalea Park/Meadowcreek Open
Monday - 10:00-10:50
French Playground
Learn and practice French while playing games! Since we haven’t yet invented transporter technology to beam CHEC to an actual French playground, I will bring the French playground to CHEC. There's no better way to learn a second language than in an immersive context. In addition to the French versions of Tag (Les Jeux d'attrape), Red Light Green Light (1, 2, 3 Soleil), Simon Says (Jacques a dit), and Duck, Duck, Goose (Le Facteur n'est pas passé), we'll also play card games, Bingo (Loto), jump rope, and listen to French music. Equal parts French and physical activity, this class will get you moving, speaking, and understanding basic French. An optional second class--French Chat-- will meet online on Thursdays for those who want extra conversational practice. Students are welcome to register for the in-person class only, the online class only, or both. I highly recommend signing up for both classes. Second language acquisition is much more effective when students practice multiple days a week.
Notes: This class will meet outdoors on Mondays for 50 minutes. Please note: this class will not meet the week of April 4. We will make up the missed class during the make-up days.
Prerequisites:
Elementary French, Physical Activity
$106.00 8-12 Carolyn Fay 11/10 Tennis Court Fry's Spring Waitlist
Monday - 11:00-12:20
Birds of a Feather
How do birds sit on wires and not burn their feet? How do they stay warm in a storm? What does a bird eat for breakfast? Come explore the magic world of birds. In this class will be designing wings, building nests, learning bird calls and diving into what it might be like to be a bird. We will spend some time outdoors spying for birds.
Notes: We will be taking short walks around the church neighborhood, so please make sure your child can walk short distances and stay with a group.
Prerequisites:
Science, art and crafts
$175.00 5-7 Kim Lohan 9/6 Volleyball Court Fry's Spring Waitlist
Once Upon a Dance
Come have fun, make friends, and get moving! In this class we will warm up with yoga and easy to follow movements. We will draw on ballet, contemporary, and improvisation to inform our dancing. Each week we will read a book that will inspire our dancing as we act out elements of the story and learn choreography. We may also make up our own stories, draw illustrations of our movement adventures, learn a song, and play games.
Notes: We will be outside so dress for the weather! Please wear clothing that is easy to move in and shoes that are good for dancing. Sneakers, ballet slippers, or other flexible footwear is best. Please bring a yoga mat and a water bottle to each class.
Prerequisites:
Dance & Yoga
$180.00 5-8 Leah Lodge 10/8 Tennis Court Fry's Spring 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 Shelley Marshall 0/8 Playground Fry's Spring Open
The Science of Flying
Ever wanted to build and keep your very own RC airplane from its parts and watch it take flight? Perhaps you're also a pro at building paper airplanes or even a beginner? Or maybe you've wondered how such a heavy airplane can float in the air. Come join me and your friends as we assemble individual parts, complete the electrical and mechanical engineering components required to make your RC airplane soar through the air. We will discover how the size of the wings affects the lift, how jet propulsion works, and the science behind propellers and the overall flight. This is your chance to discover the answers. We will also create paper airplanes and watch them fly as we test the impact of the lengths and wingspan on flight duration. Masks are optional for both outdoors and indoors.
Notes: Students may bring a tablet or ipad to access youtube for extra assembly directions for the RC airplane.
Prerequisites: None
RC Airplanes and Paper Airplanes
$205.00 8-12 Louis Torkornoo 11/12 Pool Yard Fry's Spring Open
Creative Problem Solving Challenge
Can you create a bridge to transport items from one end of the room to the other? What if you couldn't use any tape or glue? Put your creative problem solving skills to the test with fun games and challenges. Most games will require students to work together as a team to solve a "problem" with provided materials and within specific guidelines. There will also be individual challenges to test each students inventiveness. Games and challenges are fun, exciting, and a lot trickier than you expect! Students will learn the basics of team work, effective leadership, and critical thinking. This class is based on Odyssey of the Mind/Destination Imagination principles, and would prepare students to be members of a team should they decide to pursue the program further. The challenges are competitive, with a defined goal or points to accrue, but students are taught to win and lose with grace. Are you up for the challenge?
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Test your inventiveness with games
$175.00 9-11 Elizabeth Riner 13/12 Patio Fry's Spring Waitlist
No Shakesfear
Zounds! Perchance thou hast felt like a common recreant when asked to anatomize a Shakespeare play? Anon, thou shalt toss off that coil, and with great dispatch, avoid feeling like a fustian caitiff! Did you know that Shakespeare invented over 1500 new words and that we still use many of them today? In this course we'll cover life in Tudor England, hurl a Shakespearean insult or two, play sonnet mad libs, learn the basics of stage combat, and of course perform Shakespeare scenes. Learn how to break down a scene into beats and identify your objective while creating your own Shakespearean character. This class will culminate in a workshop performance of Shakespeare scenes and soliloquies with costumes and props.
Notes: This class complements the "Shakespeare at Agecroft" field trip in April. The materials fee will cover printed scripts, handouts, and other paper crafts.
Prerequisites: NO prerequisites. All levels welcome
Language Arts, Drama
$170.00 9-14 Claire Chandler 14/12 Field Fry's Spring Waitlist
Beginning Rocketry
Aerodynamics, physics, laughter! This class will cover basic rocket design, principles of flight, and laws of motion. We'll construct basic rockets from simple household products, test our hypotheses, collect data, and revise our designs. If time permits, we will explore the all-important egg drop challenge and ways to safely carry a payload. The class will culminate in launching an Estes rocket that will soar to dizzying heights.
Notes:
Prerequisites: None
Aerodynamics, physics, arts and crafts
$190.00 13-18 Juanita Franke 9/12 Table Tennis Space Fry's Spring Open
Monday - 11:10-12:30
Creative Filmmaking at Light House Studio
Lights, Camera, Action! Put your creativity and storytelling skills to the ultimate test as you learn how to write a Hollywood script, direct a scene, rig a camera, and edit a film from start to finish. Comedy? Sci-fi? Superhero!? With so many genres to choose from and techniques to learn, you’ll be one step closer to being the next superstar filmmaker.
Notes: This course will be held at Light House Studio
Prerequisites: None
Learn how to create your own film
$160.00 12-15 Will Goss 4/10 Light House Studio TBA Light House Studio Open
Monday - 13:00-14:20
The Enchanted Garden
Incredible things are happening right in our own gardens! Tiny seeds are growing into towering sunflowers. Ordinary caterpillars are morphing into beautiful butterflies. And just maybe, there are a few plain rocks out there waiting to transform into trolls. In this class, we’ll get our hands dirty while investigating the wonders of growing our own edible flowers and miniature vegetables while also cultivating some special spaces for the magical beings that call our gardens home. We’ll germinate seeds, explore pollination, and paint fairy houses. We’ll also create clay garden gnomes, build a hotel for beneficial bugs, and craft nature wands. Come along as we journey into the enchanted garden, but be on the lookout for fairies and gnomes and, oh yes, those trolls!
Notes: Rain boots are highly recommended. We will be getting messy. I will provide gardening gloves, but please bring an old towel to each class.
Prerequisites:
Nature, Art, Botany
$185.00 5-7 Amy Eachus 13/10 Outdoor Stage Fry's Spring Waitlist
May The Force Be With You
Will you join the light side or the dark side? Is the force strong with you? Join me and your new friends as we experience Star Wars in a new light. We'll work out our bodies, our imaginations, and our creativity as we learn new and improved ways of dueling with light sabers. Some of the light sabers include special sound and light effects. Learn exciting martial arts techniques, self discipline, and confidence. Which one will you be? A Jedi Knight or a Sith Lord? Masks are optional for outdoors or indoors.
Notes: The larger the venue, the better. Outdoors would be excellent.
Prerequisites: None
Physical Education
$175.00 5-9 Louis Torkornoo 11/20 Volleyball Court Fry's Spring Open
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 Shelley Marshall 1/8 Playground Fry's Spring Open
Abracadabra Alakazam II
Want to amaze your friends and astonish the masses? Come learn magic from professional magician Wes Iseli. In this amazing class, you will learn mind reading magic, card magic, coin magic, magic with everyday objects and much more. Wes will perform magic, teach tricks, and share some of the history of magic. Classes will include time to review and practice so at the end of the 8 weeks you can perform everything he has taught with ease. Students will receive a magic kit at the end of the course as well.
Notes: This course is a continuation of the Fall Magic course. Same format, new magic, new tricks. Students who did not take the first class may join this class.
Prerequisites:
Art Of Magic
$185.00 8-16 Wes Iseli 8/16 Pool Yard Fry's Spring Open
Around the World in 8 Days
Get ready to become a world class traveler as we go on a trip to visit all the continents. Each week we will visit a particular country, learn about the history and culture of the place as well as make a handicraft from that country. We plan to visit Ghana in West Africa, where we learn to make an adinkra prints. Another stop will be in Puerto Rico in North America for some Tostones, while we create a one of a kind, vejigante mask. In this class you will learn where these continents are located as well as learn about your place in the world.
Notes: Please let me know if your child has any food allergies.
Prerequisites:
Geography, handicraft
$175.00 9-11 Kim Lohan 7/6 Tennis Court Fry's Spring Waitlist
Beginning Rocketry
Aerodynamics, physics, laughter! This class will cover basic rocket design, principles of flight, and laws of motion. We'll construct basic rockets from simple household products, test our hypotheses, collect data, and revise our designs. The class will culminate in launching an Estes rocket that will soar to dizzying heights.
Notes:
Prerequisites: None
Aerodynamics, physics, arts and crafts
$190.00 10-13 Juanita Franke 5/12 Table Tennis Space Fry's Spring Open
Rock Instrument Sampler
Do you want to join or start a band, but don't know where to begin? We will cover the basic instruments and gear used in a band format (electric guitar, electric bass, drums, and keyboard) and allow students a chance to try their hand at each. We will listen to music and discuss why and how a particular song or style works. We will have two classes per instrument. Students are not required to have their own instruments, but may bring one if they have them. By the end of the course, students should have a better idea of what instrument they might be interested in learning and what it takes to form a band. No previous musical experience is required.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Intro to guitar, bass, drums & keyboard
$175.00 11-16 Jacob Pugh 4/12 Ballroom Fry's Spring Open
Teen Art Intensive
Do you love making art, but want to improve your skills and become a "better" artist? Do you wish you could draw but struggle to doodle a convincing stick figure? In this art intensive we will focus on exercises and assignments that will help improve your art in YOUR style or medium. Students will begin the class creating a piece, and will replicate the same piece at the end of the course to see a side by side comparison of how they have improved. ANYONE can learn to be a talented artist, it just takes practice and dedication. If students complete all exercises and assignments, they will see obvious improvement by the end of the course and have a few completed pieces in their own style to begin a portfolio of their work. Basic drawing methods will be covered, as well as techniques to discover each students individual medium preference and aesthetic. Each exercise is tailored to the student, so no one will have to suffer through a style or assignment they don't like (not drawing portraits unless you want to). Materials are provided, but enthusiastic artists are welcome to bring their favorite tools. Students will have sketch books, and various professional art materials they can keep to continue practice at home. The main focus will be on drawing (pencil, charcoal, ink) with opportunities to try acrylic, watercolor, artist grade markers, oil pastels, artist grade colored pencils, and more! Artists of ALL skill levels are welcome to join, no prior skill necessary!
Notes: Students with prior art interest/experience are encouraged to bring previous work to class so I can see their current skill level and their style.
Prerequisites:
Improve artistic skills & aesthetic
$195.00 11-16 Elizabeth Riner 10/12 Bar Fry's Spring Open
Dungeons and Dragons Master Class
Ready to level up your D&D game? How about becoming a DM? In this collaborative class, students will write their own D&D campaign. We'll work on concept development, examining elements like setting, monster creation, and pacing. We'll write our campaigns clearly, so that others can run them, play test them, then refine and rewrite elements as needed. Students may work individually or in a group. We'll need D&D players, writers, and artists and our end goal is a short book of mini-campaigns. Come join the party!
Notes: This is a 6 week class. There will be no class on March 28th or April 18th, although students will be encouraged to use that time to work on projects. Note that this class will be both indoors and outdoors. We will be inside when weather is an issue (wind blowing pieces around, sun glare on computer monitors), however I anticipate a fair bit of time when students can be outdoors and unmasked if that is their preference.
Prerequisites: Previous D&D class very helpful.
Build your own D&D campaign
$130.00 11-18 Teela James 14/16 Patio Fry's Spring Open
Monday - 14:30-15:30
Beginner and Intermediate Guitar/Song writing
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 for 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 and/or visit at the end of course for a mini recital. Students may rent guitars from me at $4 per session (I have 5 personal guitars to rent out, on first come first served basis). You may also purchase personal guitars (recommended for students who wish to continue future lessons) or rent from musical stores in Charlottesville. Affordable guitars with a rating of 3 stars (out of 5) for $40 - $60. Masks are optional for both indoors or outdoors.
Notes: Students will need their own guitar, either rented from me or bought. Most basic beginner guitars cost between $40 and $60.
Prerequisites: No
Chords/music theory/song writing
$135.00 8-12 Louis Torkornoo 0/12 TBA - Outdoors Fry's Spring Closed
Monday - 14:30-15:50
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 Shelley Marshall 2/8 Playground Fry's Spring Open
The World In a Grain of Sand
Where does sand come from? How do rocks form? What story is told by the world around us? This class introduces landforms, rocks and minerals, the rock cycle, and fossils through stories, games, and experiments. We'll investigate concepts through fun activities like building playdough fossils, investigating erosion through sand play, and inventing back stories for our pet rocks. We'll have the chance to practice counting, weighing, measuring, sorting, observing, and classifying. One class will be a field trip to the UVA Rock and Mineral Garden (outdoors--parents should be prepared to go to an alternate location).
Notes: This is a 6 week class. There will be no class on March 28th or on April 18th. This class complements the Medoc Mountain "Rockin on the Ridge" geology field trip.
Prerequisites:
Intro to geology and landforms
$135.00 6-8 Teela James 10/8 Volleyball Court Fry's Spring Waitlist
Spy School
Clever disguises, pocket items that are more than meets the eye, hidden cameras and more. Learn what magic and the world of espionage have in common as we study things like secret compartments, trapdoors, cool toys, and more. Learn the techniques that top spies are using today. As part of the class, students will receive a spy kit that contains decoders, tools for secret writing, rear view spy glasses & more.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Magic and espionage
$185.00 8-12 Wes Iseli 19/16 Patio Fry's Spring Waitlist
Pick a Team, Pick a Game
Step right up and join us for friendly team competition and game playing. Bring your A-game as you shoot baskets, score goals in soccer, spike in volleyball, touchdown in flag football, and knock it out of the park in wiffle ball. Try your hand in some classic playground games like monster ball, kickball, and dodgeball. Not athletic? No problem! You’ll learn the basic skills of the sports and playground games but most importantly, you’ll have fun and learn teamwork. We will start each class quickly touching on a different health related theme (cardiovascular, nutrition, strength, stretching, etc.) and then dive into our game time of the day.
Notes: Students should have sneakers, water, and something to write with.
Prerequisites: none
Physical Education
$165.00 9-18 Christina Coronato 7/16 Tennis Court Fry's Spring Open
Banned Books for Teens
We will read books that have been or are currently banned in various places in the United States, discuss themes and literary merit. The class will include homework (reading) and we will each write essays about one or more of the books on our list. We will start with J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye", then Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird", and then Toni Morrison's "Beloved." If there is time we may add a fourth book.
Notes:
Prerequisites: Love of reading and a curious, open mind.
Critical thinking, essay writing
$160.00 13-18 Monica Farrell 8/12 Pool Yard Fry's Spring Open
Online Events
French Chat--Online Companion to French Playground
Parlons en français! This half-hour conversation class is a companion to the in-person French Playground course. We will review and solidify the language skills and vocabulary we learn in person. Topics will include greetings, counting, telling time, colors, parts of the body, and talking about hobbies, activities, and sports. We may also do little skits and role plays. No prior experience with French is necessary. You will be chatting in French tout de suite! Students are welcome to register for the in-person class only, the online class only, or both. I highly recommend signing up for both classes. Second language acquisition is much more effective when students practice multiple days a week.
Notes: This class will meet for 30 minutes a week on Zoom. The instructor will email parents the Zoom link. There will be no session the week of April 4. We will make up the missed session on one of the make-up weeks.
Prerequisites:
Elementary French, Conversation
Thursdays, 1:00-1:30pm EST
$60.00 8-12 Carolyn Fay 6/8 Zoom Online Open