Learners can register for any or all of  our classes and activities, whether on campus or with our community partners. Attendance for registered classes is never compulsory and if life gets busy and a member family can only make it for lunch, they have the freedom to do so.

While on campus learners have the option of using the Imagination Room and Lounge, when available, at any time.* For example, these are places they can go if they feel overstimulated and want a break from activity, if they feel like sitting out class that day, or if they simply feel inspired to create!  

This program will appeal to those looking for: 

  • More time with peers.
  • More opportunities for self directed learning.

  • More enrichment opportunities.

  • More choices.

  • Parents who trust the process of non-compulsory learning, or those who wish to discover more about it.

 

Remember class ages are flexible based on your child's interest and maturity level, except when noted otherwise.

* Learners are not allowed on campus without their parent or an assigned Parent on Duty (POD). 

CHOICES ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

 

PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

Click on any of the words in the table below to learn more about it, or scroll down to browse our offerings.

TUESDAY - CHOICES ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

 

Concurrent Classes Session I

10:00-11:00

Tiny Time

Facilitator: Brenna Kidd

Target age: 3-5

# of participants: Limited availability!

Cost: $3

Room: C2

Preschool-type "class" for younger siblings.  Songs, games, and activities for the younger set.  We'll tackle topics such as the alphabet song, numbers, months of the year and lots and lots of monkey business.  

 

SEUSS

Facilitator: Janeen Guynn

Target age: 5-8

# of participants: Sold out!

Cost: $4

Room: Auditorium

Each session will start with one of Dr. Seuss’ zany books. Participants will interact with the story in various ways, including small group discussion, a hands-on activity, and a kinesthetic activity or game. For example, students will dye eggs in honor of Horton, create a critter for the Zoo, and play Hat Tag where we will have far fewer than the 500 hats Bartholomew did.

Performance Music

Facilitator: Stephanie Shreffler

Target age: 7-10

# of participants: Sold out!

Cost: $0

Room: C5&C6

This semester’s music class will primarily be a performance class, using both recorders and boomwhackers.  Also, we will learn the basic of solfeggio (singing), learning hand signs for singing pitches as used in the Kodaly method of music instruction. We will use the Recorder Karate kit to introduce traditional Western music notation, but we will also learn by imitation.  However, I want to borrow from the Suzuki method of teaching and allow children to learn by listening before they learn to read. If you already have a recorder please let us know when you register, otherwise one will be purchased for you by the facilitator at no additional charge.

Book Club

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Facilitator: DeeDee Caputo

Target age: 11+

# of participants: Limited availability!

Cost: $2, plus participants will need to provide their own book

Room: C7

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Come and join the book club where we will read and discuss To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Chapters will be assigned to read before each class, including a reading assignment for the first day of class.  To Kill a Mockingbird is a story set in the 1930’s in Alabama and is told by a woman, named Scout, who tells of events that took place over 3 years around the time she was 8 years old. Her father, Atticus, is an attorney who is trying to prove that a black man was falsely accused of rape of a white women. The book deals with many controversial issues like racism and discrimination. It helps one understand not only racism in the past but also racism that exists today. Atticus states in the book that, “You can never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” We will discuss individual characters by trying to understand each character’s point of view.  We will evaluate a character’s motivation, internal conflict and how he/she affects the story’s events.  Students will be able share their opinions, likes and dislikes of the events in the book.  Many literary devices, such as symbolism, foreshadowing and imagery are used throughout this book and we will discuss each of these in detail. Our discussion will come to life through activities, games, and a final project. Class time will be allowed for the final project. My goal is to have each student engaged in the conversations and increase their comprehension of the book.

Self-Directed Exploration

Facilitator: None, self-directed

Target age: 5 through Teens

# of participants: Sold out!

Cost: $2

Room: C3&C4

This is a period for self-directed exploration. You may access the Imagination Room and create with art and craft supplies of all kinds or use the Lounge to pursue a special interest.

Concurrent Classes Session II

11:10-12:10

Math Mania

Facilitator: Molly Frieri

Target ages: 5-8

# of participants: Sold out!

Cost: $6

Room: C5&C6

     

Real recess and math come together in this exciting class. Join your friends and play math games galore! Participants will have access to games and activities such as Laundry Basket Skeet Ball, War, Match it puzzles, dominoes, and more! 

Writers’ Workshop

Facilitator: Janeen Guynn

Target age: 8-11

# of participants: Limited availability!

Cost: $3

Room: C2

In this class, inspired and guided by the book, Kids Write: Fantasy & Sci Fi, Mystery, Autobiography, Adventure & More! by Rebecca Olien, participants design a project and write an original book. Participants will begin by creating an inspiring project to complement and catapult writing. Then they will go through the writing process to create an original book. 

Teen Cohort

Facilitator: DeeDee Caputo

Target age: 11+ (age not flexible - must be 11 or older)

# of participants: Limited availability!

Cost: $2

Room: C7

Calling all teens! Would you like to be a part of student council, join the yearbook staff or just hang out with your friends? If so, then this is the class for you!  We have an amazing new class we are offering this term.  This will be a flexible class where we will do many different types of activities.  We will hang out, play games, debate, plan teen meet ups, listen to music and just hang out. The ideas are endless of things we can do and learn. Also, this will be when the yearbook staff will meet. There are also plans to start a student council, and the meetings will take place during this class time. Student Council is a way to develop leadership skills by organizing and carrying out activities that all members can enjoy. Student Council can help create a positive spirit, and be the voice of the learners. Overall, the goal for this class is to just have fun!

Clarinet Ensemble

Facilitator: Stephanie Shreffler

Target age: 12+

# of participants: Limited availability!

Cost: Cost: $0 but participants will be responsible for their own materials. 

Room: Auditorium

Clarinet ensemble is available to participants who can provide their own materials. Requires commitment to attendance and practice.

 

Materials for Clarinet Ensemble 

·         A clarinet (bass, or B-flat is fine) with mouthpiece and ligature

·         A foldable music stand

·         Reeds

·         Cleaning supplies (cleaning swab, mouthpiece brush, polish cloth)

·         Bore oil if clarinet is wooden

·         Cork grease

·         Books - depends on how many and what kind of clarinets sign up. I will let people know after they get registered. I will not ask them to spend more than $20 on books.

Optional:

·         Clarinet stand

Self-Directed Exploration

Facilitator: None, self-directed

Target age: 5 through Teens

# of participants: Sold out!

Cost: $2

Room: C3&C4

This is a period for self-directed exploration. You may access the Imagination Room and create with art and craft supplies of all kinds or use the Lounge to pursue a special interest.

Afternoon Programs

1:00-2:30

Gavel Club

Facilitator: Janine Deckard

Target age: 11+

# of participants: Limited availability!

Cost: $10 and 2 three-ring binders of half inch size. 

Room: C7

 

We just got a brief taste of Toastmasters in our last semester. This time, we're going to see what it's like to be a real Toastmaster. Full Elections, group projects, parliamentary procedure, personal speech projects- you name it. We're going to have a blast! We'll have more time to focus on bigger projects and get to see how speech competition works as well. Each member will get to serve in some capacity in each meeting. There are opportunities to improve our grammar, our interpersonal communication, and leadership at each meeting. New books with a deeper focus on personal improvement. Odessa Toastmasters is sponsoring this club.

Real Recess/CEP Workshops

Facilitator: None

Target age: Multi - 5 through Teens

# of participants: Sold out!

Cost: $3

Room: Real Recess

Self directed, unstructured play and exploration in a mixed age environment. Learners play and create together with great joy and enthusiasm. During Real Recess, participants will have access to:

 

  • Show & Tell - Learners and parents are welcome to bring something to share with the group.

  • Outdoor playground - Covered and fenced with new equipment; basketball court, tag, paddle ball, parachute.

  • Imagination Room - Lots of art and craft supplies for creating.

  • Board games - Games in all age ranges available.

  • Learning toys - Lego, K'NEX, Contraptions, Jix, Gears!, Suspend.

  • Lounge - A space away from all the activity. Work on your own project from home, read one of our books, use your technology without volume or with headphones, play chess, engage in quiet conversation with a new friend. A relaxed no-shoes zone.

 

CEP Workshops will also be offered during this time. These workshops might include make and takes, on-going or short term classes, youth led classes, show and tell, or community presenters. You can sign up for your choice of workshop when you arrive on campus. ** Some CEP Workshops might have an additional cost for materials.**

 
 

THURSDAY - IN THE COMMUNITY

 

Unschooling Club

10:30-11:30

Facilitator: Janeen Guynn

Target age: Multi - 5+

# of participants: Limited availability!

Cost: $1

Location: Various

Whether you are unschooling already, casually homeschooling, or curious to see SDE in action, you can come and explore with us! During this weekly one-hour period, participants will actively use the democratic process during group meetings, have an opportunity to learn from one another in various community locations, and be responsible for themselves and equipment. Research shows that participation in self-directed play and democratic bodies improves understanding of civics, encourages self-reliance and negotiation, and improves communication, creativity, social skills, and impulse control.


 

Tutoring Meetup

11:45-12:30

Facilitator: Janeen Guynn

Target age: Multi - 5+

# of participants: Limited availability!

Cost: $0

Location: Public libraries

 

Struggling with math? Learn better in social settings? Motivated by competition? You might consider this. Meet up with other families to work on academics. You can offer tutoring in areas where you excel, and thereby further improve your retention and comprehension, or you can seek help with an area where you are struggling. Small groups can plan ahead together or bring assignments or activities to work on or you can come and see what appeals to you.

Sibley Nature Center

1:30-3:00

Conservation and Sustainability

Facilitator: Jeremy Clothier

Group One, Target age: 5 - 10

# of participants: Sold out!

Facilitator: Sarah Clothier

Group Two, Target age: 11 through Teens

# of participants: Limited availability!

Dates: Jan 11, Feb 1, and Mar 8

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Cost: $12 for 3 classes

Location: Sibley Nature Center

We will be covering topics including renewable energy, endangered species, and recycling. As always we will be working with real ideas and problems surrounding these topics, and dive into how we can conserve our environment in West Texas.

 

 

Museum of the Southwest

1:30-3:00

Dinosaurs! 

Facilitator Zach Coker

Target Age: Multi - 5 through Teens

(Special activity for siblings under 5 available)

# of participants: Sold out!

Date: Jan 18

1:30 pm -3:00 pm

Cost: $2

Location: Museum of the Southwest

 

Learn about these amazing prehistoric animals in a hands-on way! Learners will be able to touch and examine REAL fossils up close and personal! What was Texas like 65 million years ago? Join us and find out!

INCOMING!

Facilitator: Zach Coker

Target Age: Multi - 5 through Teens

(Special activity for siblings under 5 available)

# of participants: Sold out!

Date: Jan 25

1:30 pm -3:00 pm

Cost: $2

Location: Blakemore Planetarium

A follow-up class to the fall class on asteroids! We will discuss asteroid impacts, the formation of the solar system, and make original discoveries of asteroids. Join us for another out of this world experience!

Portraits of Courage

Facilitator: Melissa Rowland

Target Age: Multi - 5 through Teens

(Special activity for siblings under 5 available)

# of participants: Limited availability!

Date: Feb 15

1:30 pm -3:00 pm

Cost: $2

Location: Museum of the Southwest

 

Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honor since 9/11—and whom he has come to know personally.

 

We will explore the gallery, using sketchbooks to make observations about the portraits and how facial proportions are used in portraiture.  We will discuss how the portraits are painted and how color choice, style, and composition can influence what we interpret about the sitter for the portrait.

Pack Your Wagon!

Facilitator: Annelorre Robertson

Target Age: Multi - 5 through Teens

(Special activity for siblings under 5 available)

# of participants: Sold out!

Date: Feb 22

1:30 pm -3:00 pm

Cost: $2

Location: Museum of the Southwest

Step back in time and put your pioneer hats on! This class will explore the artwork of Merritt Mauzey and group work using observation, mathematics, social studies and survival skills.  Based on the popular Oregon Trail we challenge your Learners to think like a survivor.

 

 
 
CONTACT US

Open Skies Learning Community

P.O. Box 53724

Midland, TX 79710

 

 

Libby Landry, Director

libby.landry@openskieslearning.com

 

 

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