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“The Think Tank” Welcomes Kids For Its Winter Session: January 6 – March 20, 2014

~sign up by December 20th and receive $25 off per class

The Think Tank is Gunston’s after-school enrichment program that welcomes kids, ages 3-14, from the surrounding community to the Gunston campus. Kids are sure to have fun while learning – from dance, to art, to drama – we have a wide array of engaging classes! The winter session will include some old favorites, some new fun classes, and, back by popular demand, we will also have Philosophy and Nature Discovery for Preschoolers!

D.R.A.M.A. – DOING REALLY AWESOME MAGNIFICENT ACTING
Grades 5-8 / Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 / taught by Liz Clarke
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” William Shakespeare once wrote. How would you adjust if human beings only communicated through asking questions? What if you were in a country where you don’t speak the language, and you had to order food off the menu… without using words? In D.R.A.M.A., we will learn how everyday life compares to theatre and acting through movement, improvisation, pantomime, script work, and theatre games. Students should be prepared to get silly, to act out of their comfort zones, and, most importantly, have an open mind.

NOT JUST YOGA! (FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS)
Grades 6-8 / Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 / taught by Kristen Murray
Fun, Focus, Flexibility! The main focus of this class will be to have fun while using yoga postures to build inner and outer strength and flexibility. Also included are partner and group poses and playful yoga games. Experience emotional balance through the physical and mental benefits of yoga by practicing breathing exercises, flowing sequences, balancing poses and deep relaxation while building a healthy relationship with your body. Just wear something comfortable and bring an open mind!

MAGICAL MOVEMENT WITH MUSIC
Grades 1-3 / Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 / taught by Evelyn Paddy
To dance is to be out of your self. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful Agnes de Mille said.This class is about expressing your self and creating movement while exploring different genres of dance. Students should be prepared to use their imagination to develop their own movements; and of course have fun while doing so. Students should wear socks and clothes that allow them to move freely.

EXPLORING GREAT QUESTIONS – SERIOUS FUN WITH PHILOSOPHY
Grades 6-8 / Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 / taught by Jeff Franklin
Philosophy begins with wonder. Philosophers apply their curiosity by asking questions that help them logically explore the nature of the world. This discussion class will introduce students to important and interesting philosophical questions. Students will learn to discuss these questions with rigor, good humor, and mutual respect. Questions we may tackle this session include “How do our emotions relate to our reason?” and ” What is progress and how does it apply to individuals and societies?”

ENVIRONMENTAL ART
Grades 3-6 / Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 / taught by Susan Mayberry
Winter is a good time to reflect upon lessons in texture, pattern and form that we can learn from observing and exploring habitats, ecosystems and the landscape on Gunston campus. We will draw inspiration for interpretation from local and world cultures for use in a variety of artist’s media along with found natural materials. Origami, kirigami,needle felting, painting, sculpture, and puzzles will all be part of the fun!

NATURE DISCOVERY for PRESCHOOLERS
Ages 3, 4 & 5 / Fridays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
In Winter, animals, insects and trees all have stories to tell. There are hidden treasures to discover, and lessons to inspire us! We’ll venture outside to explore habitats on Gunston’s scenic campus, listen to stories about our discoveries, and make a craft to take home. Topics will include snow and snowflakes, burrowing and hibernating animals, winter landscapes, animal tracking, birds, seeds and berries.Children should wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Grown-ups are welcome to join us!

 

“The Think Tank” Welcomes Kids For Its Fall Session: September 23 – December 13, 2013

~sign up by September 15th and receive $25 off per class

Created by Lee Franklin and directed by Julia Babbitt Williams, The Think Tank is an after-school enrichment program that welcomes kids, ages 3-14, from all area counties to the Gunston campus. Kids are sure to have fun while learning – from fishing, to math, to drama – we’ve got it all! The fall session boasts some popular returning classes, as well as new and exciting classes! Returning are: Music Lab, Environmental Art, Outdoor Science, Nature Discovery for Preschoolers and Fun with Math; and starting new this fall are Think Like a Fish and Creative Drama. Find out more by visiting the Think Tank page of the website www.gunston.org/ThinkTank. Bus transportation is available for students from Centreville and Kennard Elementary, and Centreville Middle. Please share this information with friends and help spread the word about this exciting program! ~Register online today!

D.R.A.M.A.- DOING REALLY AWESOME MAGNIFICENT ACTING
Grades 4 – 8 / Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 / taught by Liz Clarke
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”,William Shakespeare once wrote. How would you adjust if human beings only communicated through asking questions? What if you were in a country where you don’t speak the language, and you had to order food off the menu… without using words? In D.R.A.M.A., we will learn how everyday life compares to theatre and acting through movement, improvisation, pantomime, script work, and theatre games. Students should be prepared to get silly, to act out of their comfort zones, and most importantly, have an open mind.

OUTDOOR SCIENCE – UNCOVERING NATURE’S SECRETS
Grades 4 – 8 / Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Courtney Leigh
The outdoors will be our laboratory as we use the scientific method to discover the wonders of nature! In this inquiry-based class, students will test their hypotheses to many questions on topics in water chemistry, plant biology, soils, and ecology. We will paddle in canoes to explore shoreline habitats, hike through the woods in search of changes in biodiversity, and use microscopes to investigate life processes on a cellular level. Students should bring a small composition notebook to class everyday for recording their scientific journey of discovery. Please wear weather-appropriate shoes and clothing and be prepared to go outside every class.

MUSIC LAB
Grades 2 – 5 / Wednesdays / 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Mary Neuberger
“Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.”- Confucius
In order to learn a language, we must not only memorize phrases, but be able to create our own and exchange them with others. The universal language of music is no different. In this hands-on course with songwriter MJ Neuberger, you will learn about rhythm, time signature, pitch and melody and combine these elements to create collaborative work that we can share with your families. Working with piano keyboards, vocals and percussion, you will develop a foundation for learning more complex musical principles, advance teamwork and communication skills and have lots of fun!!

MATH MADE FUN—ENRICHMENT THAT MAKES YOU THINK
Grades 3 and 4 / Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Lee Franklin
Using games, conceptual math activities and open-ended questioning, students will be engaged in mind-stretching math problems. They will be challenged to problem-solve using critical thinking, logic and applied math skills. They will also be challenged to persevere, collaborate and solve problems creatively. The goal is to increase enthusiasm for mathematics, deepen understanding of mathematical concepts and strengthen the ability to apply these concepts.

ENVIRONMENTAL ART
Grades 3 – 6 / Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Susan Mayberry
Fall is a fantastic time to explore our natural environment! We will study ecosystems on Gunston’s campus, and make observations about texture, pattern and form to create works of art using artist’s media and found natural materials. We will discuss the history behind many of the techniques we are using. Printmaking, sculpture, weaving, and painting will all be part of the fun!

THINK LIKE A FISH
Grades 5 – 8 / Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Capt. Chris Dollar
This exciting camp will teach young anglers the skills and knowledge needed for a lifetime of fun catching fish. This hands-on program is safe, fun & teaches lifelong outdoor skills. With nearly 20 years experience as an outdoor professional, Capt. Dollar is eager to share his knowledge of Chesapeake Bay fishing with the next generation of anglers. Campers will learn casting skills and how to tie flies and lures as well as engage in “hands on,” nature-based activities that inspire campers to become stewards of our natural resources and outdoor traditions. Other activities include:

Learning to use several different rods and reels;
Identify gamefish, or
Learning to cast or improve your fishing skills.
Learn to tie fishing knots, handle gear & tools.
Catch bait fish, crabs, and shrimp with seine and cast nets.

NATURE DISCOVERY for PRESCHOOLERS
Ages 3, 4 & 5 / Fridays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Discover the wonders of nature through many fun and engaging outdoor activities. Children will explore the scenic Gunston campus and learn fascinating nature lore along the way as we play in a variety of ecosystems. Topics will include scooping up critters in the Corsica River, looking for animal tracks in the sand, planting seeds, searching for spring flowers and birding with binoculars. Each class will include a nature walk, songs, stories and a craft to take home. Children should wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Grown-ups are welcome to join us.

“The Think Tank” Welcomes Kids For Its Spring Session: April 8–June 3

~Sign up by March 20 and receive $15 off each session!

Directed by Lee Franklin and hosted by The Gunston School, The Think Tank is an after-school enrichment program that welcomes children from all counties to the Gunston campus. Bus transportation is available for students from Centreville and Kennard Elementary, and Centreville Middle to Gunston on bus #0511. The spring session runs April 8–June 3 and includes the following classes for kids, ages 3-14:

NATURE DISCOVERY for PRESCHOOLERS

Ages 3, 4 & 5 / Fridays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. / taught by Jenny Houghton

Discover the wonders of spring with Adkins Arboretum educator Jenny Houghton. Children will explore the scenic Gunston campus and learn fascinating nature lore along the way as we play in a variety of ecosystems. Topics will include scooping up critters in the Corsica River, looking for animal tracks in the sand, planting seeds, searching for spring flowers and birding with binoculars. Each class will include a nature walk, songs, stories and a craft to take home. Children should wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Grown-ups are welcome to join us!

 

MUSIC LAB

Grades 2–5 / Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Mary Neuberger

In order to learn a language, we must not only memorize phrases, but be able to create our own and exchange them with others. The universal language of music is no different. In this hands-on course with songwriter MJ Neuberger, you will learn about rhythm, time signature, pitch and melody, perform songs and combine these elements to create collaborative work that we can record and share with your families. Using piano keyboards, vocals, drums and percussion, you will gain a foundation for learning more complex musical principles, develop teamwork skills and have lots of fun!

SPRING INTO SCIENCE!

Grades 4-8 / Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Courtney Leigh

The outdoors will be our laboratory as we use the scientific method to discover the wonders of nature! In this inquiry-based class students will test their hypotheses to many questions on topics in water chemistry, plant biology, soils, and ecology. We will paddle in canoes to explore shoreline habitats, hike through the woods in search of changes in biodiversity, and use microscopes to investigate life processes on a cellular level. Students should bring a small composition notebook to class everyday for recording their scientific journey of discovery. Please wear weather-appropriate shoes and clothing and be prepared to go outside every class.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ART

Grades 3–6 / Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Susan Mayberry

It’s spring, so we’ll get outdoors again and explore seasonal changes in our Chesapeake Bay environment. Through observation, research and discussion we’ll study new growth in plants and the migration patterns of fish, birds and emerging insects. We will depict these ideas in printmaking, watercolor, mosaic and other media. Bring your imaginations and creative energy to class each week and we’ll have some fun learning new ways to connect the environment with art.

 

EXPLORING GREAT QUESTIONS—SERIOUS FUN WITH PHILOSOPHY

Grades 6-8 / Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Jeff Franklin

Philosophy begins with wonder. Philosophers apply their curiosity by asking questions that help them logically explore the nature of the world. Join Franklin’s Toy Store owner and ex St. John’s College tutor in this discussion class that will introduce students to important and interesting philosophical questions. We will use logic, analogies and mind-stretching thought experiments. Students will learn to discuss philosophy with rigor, good humor and mutual respect. There will be plenty of new questions for students continuing from last year or the fall and winter sessions this year.

MATH MADE FUN—ENRICHMENT THAT MAKES YOU THINK

Grades 1-3 / Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Lee Franklin

Using games, conceptual math activities and open-ended questioning, students will be engaged in mind-stretching math problems. They will be challenged to problem-solve using critical thinking, logic and applied math skills. They will also be challenged to persevere, collaborate and solve problems creatively. The goal is to increase enthusiasm for mathematics, deepen understanding of mathematical concepts and strengthen the ability to apply these concepts.

For more information on The Think Tank and to register, visit www.gunston.org/thinktank. Questions? Contact Lee Franklin, Director of The Think Tank, at 410.643.2753 or thinktank@gunston.org.

 

“The Think Tank” Welcomes Kids For Its Winter Session: January 7–March 11

~Sign up by December 20 and receive $15 off each session!

Directed by Lee Franklin and hosted by The Gunston School, The Think Tank is an after-school enrichment program that welcomes children from all counties to the Gunston campus. Bus transportation may be available for students from Centreville and Kennard Elementary, and Centreville Middle to Gunston. The winter session runs January 7–March 11 and includes the following classes for kids, ages 3-14:

NATURE DISCOVERY for PRESCHOOLERS

Ages 3, 4 & 5 / Mondays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. / taught by Jenny Houghton

Discover the wonders of winter with Adkins Arboretum educator Jenny Houghton. Children will explore the scenic Gunston campus and learn fascinating nature lore along the way as we play in a variety of ecosystems. Topics will include snowflakes, hibernation, cardinals and icicles! There will be other surprise topics too. Each class will include a nature walk, songs, stories and a craft to take home. Children should wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes or boots. Grown-ups are welcome to join along in the fun.

MUSIC LAB

Grades 2–5 / Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Mary Neuberger

In order to learn a language, we must not only memorize phrases, but be able to create our own and exchange them with others. The universal language of music is no different. In this hands-on music course, songwriter Mary Neuberger will help you learn rhythm, time signature, pitch and melody and show you how to combine these elements into pieces of music. Using piano keyboards, vocals, drums and percussion, you will work collaboratively to create a musical piece you want to record and share with your families. In this class, you will gain a foundation for learning more complex musical principles, develop teamwork skills and, of course, have lots of fun!

WINTER “NATURE” LAND

Grades 4-8 / Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Courtney Leigh

Come and explore the wonders of the outdoors in the brisk, fresh air that encompasses Gunston’s inviting and exciting woods, fields and shoreline! To some, the winter landscape appears barren and lifeless, but join me to discover the surprising evidence of life just waiting to be found by curious young lovers of the natural world. In this class you will learn how to identify trees without their leaves, search for hibernating animals, identify animals by following frozen tracks, and determine adaptations of animals by comparing their skulls. There will be a special visit from some local raptors to understand their role in the local ecosystem. Please be prepared to trek through the woods and fields in the winter weather for every class!

 

WORLD CRAFTS ~Creating Traditional Crafts from Different Cultures

Grades 2–6 / Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Susan Mayberry

Winter is a great time for snuggling in to work on projects! In this class, we’ll choose a few countries to “explore” and learn about their unique cultures through their art. Using paper, paint, plaster, wood and fiber we’ll design and build traditional crafts such as origami, paper window stars, plaster scrimshaws, dream catchers and tools and perfect our skills at folding, carving, weaving, building and constructing. Expect a few surprises and some good, creative fun.

 

EXPLORING GREAT QUESTIONS—SERIOUS FUN WITH PHILOSOPHY

Grades 6-8 / Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. / taught by Jeff Franklin

Philosophy begins with wonder. Philosophers apply their curiosity by asking questions that help them logically explore the nature of the world. Join Franklin’s Toy Store owner and ex St. John’s College tutor in this discussion class that will introduce students to important and interesting philosophical questions. We will use logic, analogies and mind-stretching thought experiments. Students will learn to discuss philosophy with rigor, good humor and mutual respect. There will be plenty of new questions for students continuing from last year and/or the fall semester.

For more information on The Think Tank and to register, visit www.gunston.org/thinktank. Questions? Contact Lee Franklin, Director of The Think Tank, at 410.758.0620 or thinktank@gunston.org.

In photo:  Nature Discovery for Preschoolers