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Practical Life

One of our goals as parents and teachers is to help our kids develop a strong and realistic sense of independence and self-reliance. We want them to be prepared, and feel prepared, as they make the journey into adulthood. These classes will address some of the most important skills necessary to make a seamless transition into adulthood and its many challenges.
Animal Explorations 9-12 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Get an up close, first hand look at a variety of visitors from the animal kingdom. Learn about where they live, what they eat, how they grow and their places in the world. The class will welcome visitors, play games, and share what we learn through media that can include discussion, writing, and the arts. We plan to have a lot of fun while developing our skills in observation, classification, experimentation and description.ures, with unusual habits, living in diverse environments.

Animal Studies 13+ Room #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Animal Studies will give students a chance to experience first hand encounters with a variety of subjects from the animal kingdom. While this is intended to be an interdisciplinary elective and not a full science credit, we will cover general science skills such as observation and classification and life science concepts including structure and function of animals, heredity and variation, ecosystems, and both natural and human driven selection. We’ll also do some writing, some art, possibly some math, and have a lot of fun! Our animal visitors will be primarily vertebrates, but we may have a few surprises.
Homework will be minimal.


Baking 101 10-13 Rm #22/Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
Who doesn't like playing with dough? Learn the ins and outs of the art of baking. Each week, learn to prepare a different tasty treat whether it's savory or sweet.

Conscious Connections 11-13 Rm # 22
Teacher: Sherry McHenry
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
In this class we learn effective approaches to the way we connect with others and communicate, especially in challenging situations. Learn practical skills in bringing more awareness, insight, compassion, and choice to your communications. The way we speak, to others and especially to ourselves, how we connect with and treat ourselves, all affect our connection with other people. Develop deeper listening skills and the ability to stay present in conversations. When we are not mindfully communicating we judge, label, blame and criticize ourselves and others. Develop awareness of those negative patterns and choose to communicate more effectively.

Conscious Connections 14+ Rm 24
Teacher: Sherry McHenry
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
In this class we learn effective approaches to the way we connect with others and communicate, especially in challenging situations. Learn practical skills in bringing more awareness, insight, compassion, and choice to your communications. The way we speak, to others and especially to ourselves, how we connect with and treat ourselves, all affect our connection with other people. Develop deeper listening skills and the ability to stay present in conversations. When we are not mindfully communicating we judge, label, blame and criticize ourselves and others. Develop awareness of those negative patterns and choose to communicate more effectively.

Cooking Adventures 6-9 Rm # 11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Hop aboard our imaginary food truck as we set off on Cooking Adventures. Together we will follow recipes (and create a few of our own), explore different cultures, books, and time periods. We’ll even throw in some math and science as we create our culinary creations. Let the adventure begin!

*****Due to the nature of this class, we will be using a wide variety of ingredients. If your child has any dietary restrictions or allergies, please consult the teacher to make sure this class is a good fit for your child.*****


Cooking Around the World 13+ T-TH Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
We will travel around the world learning interesting information about different cultures/countries and preparing and tasting new dishes from those cultures/countries.

Green Leaves Club 13+ Wed Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
The choices we make every day determine what kind of a world we live in. Discover ways you can reduce your environmental impact and help Leaves of Learning conserve resources. Learn about making healthier choices for yourself and the planet, investigate the life cycle of common products, and brainstorm creative and fun solutions to challenges. We’ll do crafts, make food, play games, run school wide projects and contests, and hopefully take a field trip.

Green Leaves Club 9-12 TH Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
The choices we make every day determine what kind of a world we live in. Discover ways you can reduce your environmental impact and help Leaves of Learning conserve resources. Learn about making healthier choices for yourself and the planet, investigate the life cycle of common products, and brainstorm creative and fun solutions to challenges. We’ll do crafts, make food, play games, run school wide projects and contests, and hopefully take a field trip.

Health and Nutrition 14+ Rm #13
Teacher: Dr. Michael Nichols
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class, we will cover many topics that encompass health and nutrition. Nutrition will be a large focus of this class including the topics of healthy eating including macro and micro nutrients, whole foods v refined and processed foods, nutritional supplement pros and cons, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, diseases related to poor nutrition, safe food handling, and more. Other topics covered will include how fitness keeps us healthy, options for healthy fitness regimens, dental health, environmental stress such as air and water quality, first aid and injury prevention, sleep, the risks of tobacco, drugs and alcohol for teens, stress management, and types of health practitioners including alternative health options. There will be some out of class assignments. Class time will involve lectures, group discussions, videos, and guest lecturers.Description coming soon.

How to Be Funny 13+ Rm # 23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
-- jokes, jests, puns, wordplay, double talk, malarkey, poppycock, balderdash and twaddle
-- stunts, tricks, gags, practical jokes, high jinks, shenanigans, tomfoolery and monkeyshines
-- funny actual words like rannygazoo, flummery, oompus-boompus, phonus balonus, kerfuffle
-- funny names, like Jack Dupp, Eileen Dover, Plato Beans, Helen Highwater, Hugo Yorway
-- learning to speak apparent gibberish, i.e, ‘code languages’ similar to Pig-Latin
-- legerdemain (sleight-of-hand) for beginners
-- plus Other Things to Say & Do of Which Serious-minded People Scarcely Approve
-- Discovering classic written humor:
PG Wodehouse, Jerome K Jerome, Mark Twain, James Thurber, humorous poems, aphorisms, one-liners, parody, satire, writing your own humor
-- Discovering classic film humor:
Laurel & Hardy, The Three Stooges, The Marx Bros., Jonathan Winters, Monty Python
-- Discovering musical humor:
Gilbert & Sullivan, Spike Jones, Peter Schickele, Porky Pig’s Blue Christmas, Jonathan & Darlene Edwards, Ray Stevens
funny songs, novelty numbers, writing your own funny song
-- Discovering the practical uses to which funniness can be put: to have fun, to amuse friends, to compel people to listen to you, to appeal to potential boyfriends and girlfriends, to see the comedic potential in almost every situation, to develop a healthy alternative to the Blues and to banish dull care with a hey nonny no and a hot cha cha.
-- Philosophizing throughout on the nature of comedy, i.e, why something is funny


Personal Finance & Prac. Life Skills 16+ Rm # 30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 16 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
• Money Matters: Why It Pays to Be Financially Responsible
• Dream Big: Money and Goals
• Road Rules: Researching and Buying a Car
• The Cost of College: Financing Your Education
• A Perfect Fit: Finding the Right Career for You
• Keeping Score: Why Credit Matters
• Privacy Please: Protecting Your Identity
• Making it Work Together: Money and Roommates
• A Plan for the Future: Making a Budget
• Make It Happen: Saving for a Rainy Day
• Savvy Spending: Sharpening Money Decisions
• Bank or Bust: Selecting a Banking Partner
• Nothing But Net: Understanding Your Take Home Pay
• Using Credit Wisely
• The Danger of Debt: Avoiding Financial Pitfalls
• Home Sweet Home: Purchasing a Place
• Smooth Sailing: Exploring Insurance and Estate Planning
• A Way to Wealth: Understanding Interest and Investments
• Financial Forces: Understanding Taxes and Inflation
• The Tools to Build Your Financial Dream
• Buy, Sell or Hold?: An Overview of Investing
• Kindness Counts: Understanding Charitable Giving
• And Many Practical Life Skills: Changing a tire, sorting laundry, sewing on a button……


Personal Finance & Prac. Life Skills 16+ Rm #30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
• Money Matters: Why It Pays to Be Financially Responsible
• Dream Big: Money and Goals
• Road Rules: Researching and Buying a Car
• The Cost of College: Financing Your Education
• A Perfect Fit: Finding the Right Career for You
• Keeping Score: Why Credit Matters
• Privacy Please: Protecting Your Identity
• Making it Work Together: Money and Roommates
• A Plan for the Future: Making a Budget
• Make It Happen: Saving for a Rainy Day
• Savvy Spending: Sharpening Money Decisions
• Bank or Bust: Selecting a Banking Partner
• Nothing But Net: Understanding Your Take Home Pay
• Using Credit Wisely
• The Danger of Debt: Avoiding Financial Pitfalls
• Home Sweet Home: Purchasing a Place
• Smooth Sailing: Exploring Insurance and Estate Planning
• A Way to Wealth: Understanding Interest and Investments
• Financial Forces: Understanding Taxes and Inflation
• The Tools to Build Your Financial Dream
• Buy, Sell or Hold?: An Overview of Investing
• Kindness Counts: Understanding Charitable Giving
• And Many Practical Life Skills: Changing a tire, sorting laundry, sewing on a button……


Sewing 10+ Rm #37
Teacher: Lisa Boys
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students in this class learn everything they need to know to create whatever they desire out of fabric! Students learn hand stitching techniques and what they are used for; how to use and care for a sewing machine, how to choose a pattern, and learning to read and follow a pattern through to the end! This class is individualized to accommodate all sewing levels. It is strongly recommended that each student have their own machine.

Students who have already taken Sewing I or come in with sewing knowledge will pick up where they left off.


Study Skills 10-12 W 1:00 Rm #22
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you looking for ways to organize schoolwork, sports gear, your backpack, your bedroom? To study more efficiently? Set and meet goals? Manage your time (where does it go!)? In this class, students will learn the importance of and gain practice in vital executive skills—including organization; planning & prioritizing; task initiation; sustained attention. These are skills we need throughout our lives, and skills that take practice. Over the year, we'll practice these skills through games and activities as well as individualized homework/study/organization plans.

Study Skills 13+ T-TH 2:15 Rm #22
Teachers: Chris Santoro, Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you looking for ways to organize schoolwork, sports gear, your backpack, your bedroom? To study more efficiently? Set and meet goals? Manage your time (where does it go!)? In this class, students will learn the importance of and gain practice in vital executive skills—including organization; planning & prioritizing; task initiation; sustained attention. These are skills we need throughout our lives, and skills that take practice. Over the year, we'll practice these skills through games and activities as well as individualized homework/study/organization plans.

Study Skills 13+ W 2:15 Rm 22
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you looking for ways to organize schoolwork, sports gear, your backpack, your bedroom? To study more efficiently? Set and meet goals? Manage your time (where does it go!)? In this class, students will learn the importance of and gain practice in vital executive skills—including organization; planning & prioritizing; task initiation; sustained attention. These are skills we need throughout our lives, and skills that take practice. Over the year, we'll practice these skills through games and activities as well as individualized homework/study/organization plans.

The Great LOL Bake-Off Show 13+ Rm 22/Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
Do you love the BBC’s Great British Bake Off more than chocolate cake? Enter “The Great LOL Bake Off” which offers all of the same wondrous cooking triumphs and fails, colorful characters, and trials and tribulations of students absolutely obsessed with cooking! Our production company will broadcast our show, “The Great LOL Bake OFF!” on our own YouTube channel. Students will be in charge of pre-production organization, set-up, scripts, introductions, equipment, timing, food photography, videography, YouTube expertise, food reality show expertise, public speaking, and every detail that goes into creating a quality show about quality food.
“The Great LOL Bake OFF!” will be more about fun and learning than cut-throat competition. Think “charming” and “fascinating” –not competitive. Our class will practice our manners by asking guest judges to attend our filming sessions (LaDawn, other foodies that are friends of LOL). We’ll seek guidance from food photographers. We will visit TV sets and study TV hosting techniques. We will learn the tricks of timing the filming of cooking and baking. Student will interview the cooking students and do mini-biographies in the spirit of The Great British Bake Off. There’s much crativit to be had here…and wecan’t wait to get started!


The Great LOL Bake-Off Show-Production 13+ Rm#25
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Do you love the BBC’s Great British Bake Off more than chocolate cake? Enter “The Great LOL Bake Off” which offers all of the same wondrous cooking triumphs and fails, colorful characters, and trials and tribulations of students absolutely obsessed with cooking! Our production company will broadcast our show, “The Great LOL Bake OFF!” on our own YouTube channel. Students will be in charge of pre-production organization, set-up, scripts, introductions, equipment, timing, food photography, videography, YouTube expertise, food reality show expertise, public speaking, and every detail that goes into creating a quality show about quality food.
“The Great LOL Bake OFF!” will be more about fun and learning than cut-throat competition. Think “charming” and “fascinating” –not competitive. Our class will practice our manners by asking guest judges to attend our filming sessions (LaDawn, other foodies that are friends of LOL). We’ll seek guidance from food photographers. We will visit TV sets and study TV hosting techniques. We will learn the tricks of timing the filming of cooking and baking. Student will interview the cooking students and do mini-biographies in the spirit of The Great British Bake Off. There’s much crativit to be had here…and wecan’t wait to get started!


The Science of Food 9-12 Rm # 30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
What happens to water molecules when they are heated up? When Baking, what makes cookies poof up? Why does chocolate change from a liquid to a solid? Find out the answers to these questions when we explore the science behind foods. We will bake, boil, freeze, and explode foods all for the sake of science.

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