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!  

Our 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.

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

We reserve the right to edit the number of attendees or age requirements for classes at any time.

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

At A Glance

 

Session I

10:00-10:50

​Learner’s Lab A

Facilitator: Janeen Guynn      

Target age: 5-8                                   

# of participants: 32

Cost: $ 3

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, logical, artistic, social, and spatial learners

 

This free flowing class is station based. Very much like in SDE, kids will be able to move around as they wish to get hands on play and experience in any of 8 different stations, including dramatic play, games, math exploration, listening and language, science, kitchen, sewing, and making. Stations will have a weekly suggested activity, as well as opportunities for open ended play. Some stations will be manned by a classroom aide. Most stations will be changed, at least slightly, each week. I am intentionally avoiding arts and crafts and toy-based building since those can be done in SDE.

Junk Box Wars

Facilitator: DeeDee Putzel

Target age: 5-8                                   

# of participants: 12

Cost: $ 3

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, logical, artistic, social, and spatial learners

 

Each week the students will be given a box of junk and a challenge card. They will work in teams to complete as much of the challenge as they can without help from grown ups! They will use their imaginations and critical thinking skills to work together and see what they can do.

Exciting Experiments

Facilitator: Meagan Duncan

Target age: 4-7, age NOT flexible

# of participants: 8

Cost: $ 14

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, logical, artistic, social, and spatial learners

 

We will be engaging with exciting experiments each week. You will get to pick fun, hands on experiments for the whole term. Skills that support growth and development across each domain (speech, language, cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and self help) will naturally be embedded into each of our experiments. Your child will be  intrinsically motivated to engage, question, predict, and test in this fun environment.

* We will be getting messy.

Wildlife Identification

Facilitator: Jo Lynn Siebenhor        

Target age: 7-12                                 

# of participants: 10

Cost: $ 2

This class will likely appeal to: visual, and verbal learners

 

Learners are introduced to a new animal each week that are likely to be seen in our area. We will learn what they look like, what they eat, when they are most active, and study their tracks.

Mosaic Making & MathArt Class

Facilitator: Stephanie Shreffler & Bridgette Hunt

Target age: 7-10, flexible according to maturity                               

# of participants: 15

Cost: $ 12

This class will likely appeal to: visual, logical, artistic, and spatial learners

 

This class is a fusion between mosaics and the math behind art. In the first four weeks, you will bring out the artist in this fun, creative exploration of art through mosaics. Our first project will use pieces colorful paper to create images and patters, but our final masterpiece will be a mosaic created from plastic or ceramic tiles, safely managed. We will finalize the piece with grout and a hanger with which to display the art. Kids should be able to responsibly handle hot glue guns, tile nippers, and permanent adhesives. In the second half of this class will explore various math concepts and apply them to in class art projects.

 

Creating Classic Art

Facilitator: Kelli Zermeño     

Target age: 8+                                  

# of participants: 15

Cost: $ 7

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, and artistic learners

Have you ever stared at a Van Gogh and wished you could create a piece of art so spectacular? This is your chance! We'll be learning about famous artists and recreating our own versions of famous works of art from masters like Van Gogh, Monet, Warhol and more!

* Learners will need basic artistic abilities/ experience upon entering class. Will be working with paint, scissors, glue and oil pastels. Learners will need to be able to execute directions to create their masterpieces.

Big Life Journal Tweens/Teens

Facilitator: Molly Frieri         

Target age: 11+, age NOT flexible                            

# of participants: 12

Cost: $ 20

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, artistic, social, and spatial learners

 

In this class we will use our individual growth mindset journal to empower tweens & teens to dream about their future! The engaging class will be packed with thought-provoking questions, inspiring quotes, stories, and fun!

Self-Directed Exploration A (SDE)

Facilitator: None, self-directed          

Target age: 5 through Teens              

# of participants: 12

Cost: $ 5

Our Imagination Room is fully stocked with an inventory list that reads like an arts & craft store to create whatever your imagination can dream up! Plus, it holds a variety of books and magazines for all ages and reading abilities, textiles and looming, rotation of construction maipulatives like Jix and K'NEX. The amazing outdoor playground is also available for those in SDE. 

If your child is artistic or creative, loves to play outside or is looking for an opportunity to meet other homeschoolers, this may be the perfect fit for you.

Co-op Aide A

Facilitator: N/A

Target age: 11+

# of participants: 4

Cost: $ 0

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, organizational, responsible, and social learners

Responsible learners age 11+ will assist with Co-op needs. Aides will co-ordinate with Libby Landry and might act as classroom assistants, run errands, help clean, or other appropriate and needed jobs. Aides must be responsible and trustworthy.

Session II

11:10-12:00

 

Dinosaurs and Rocketships

Facilitator: Kristina Daigle    

Target age: 3-5                                   

# of participants: 12

Cost: $ 4

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, artistic, social and learners

 

Each week we will alternate between learning about dinosaurs and space. Let’s discover dinosaurs and space together with this fun filled course that will take in to the past and blast off into the future.

Learner’s Lab B

Facilitator: Janeen Guynn      

Target age: 5-8                                   

# of participants: 32

Cost: $ 3

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, logical, artistic, social, and spatial learners

 

This free flowing class is station based. Very much like in SDE, kids will be able to move around as they wish to get hands on play and experience in any of 8 different stations, including dramatic play, games, math exploration, listening and language, science, kitchen, sewing, and making. Stations will have a weekly suggested activity, as well as opportunities for open ended play. Some stations will be manned by a classroom aide. Most stations will be changed, at least slightly, each week. I am intentionally avoiding arts and crafts and toy-based building since those can be done in SDE.

LEGO Building Club

Facilitator: DeeDee Putzel     

Target age: 5-8                                   

# of participants: 12

Cost: $ 3

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, logical, artistic, social, and spatial learners

 

Use your imagination and critical thinking skills to create with legos! Each class will include building challenges, plus a chance to free-build and use public speaking skills to demonstrate your creations.

An Awesome Artventure

Facilitator: Kelli Zermeno     

Target age: 5-8                                   

# of participants: 15

Cost: $ 5

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, and artistic learners

Each week, learners will be painting their very own masterpiece! We will begin each class by showing them a finished example of what they will be creating. Next, they will watch a lesson on how it was made and then be given step-by-step instructions to follow. Most will include both drawing and painting and all will be age appropriate and great for both beginners and those who have had art lessons (and all skill levels in between)! Through these “lessons” we should see artistic ability and creativity grow, their ability to follow instructions improve, their confidence skyrocket, and they will have some fun artwork to take home!

 

All Things Sports

Facilitator: Mia Silich

Target age: 6-10                                 

# of participants: 20

Cost: $ 8

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, verbal, social, and spatial learners

Each week we will play a different sport to help the kids figure out what sport is their favorite! We will play outdoor soccer, flag football, volleyball, softball, kickball and much more! We will mix all of these up and have fun playing different games while improving balance and coordination.

Big Life Journal

Facilitator: Molly Frieri         

Target age: 7-10, age NOT flexible

# of participants: 12

Cost: $ 20

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, artistic, social, and spatial learners

 

In this class we will use our individual Big Life Journals to develop strong social and emotional learning and growth mindset skills. This class will be packed with inspiring stories, colorful illustrations, and engaging guided activities. The 

 

Video Game Social

Facilitator: Holly Franks

Target age: 10+, NOT FLEXIBLE                           

# of participants: 13

Cost: $ 0

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, logical, artistic, social, and spatial learners

 

Hang out and socialize playing your very favorite "VIDEO GAMES" TOGETHER! We will play VR Games, Super Smash Bro's, Minecraft, Super Mario Party and Switch games. The facilitator will not be giving instruction on how to play the games, learners will need to learn from each other, game tutorials, online, or through other sources.

 

* Moderate to advanced video game knowledge and the self-discipline to responsibly handle the gaming equipment is needed.

Chemistry Experiments and the Science Behind Them

Facilitator: Sarah Hall

Target age: 12-18, NOT FLEXIBLE

#of participants: 10

Cost: $ 20

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, verbal, logical, and social learners

Come do chemistry experiments with someone who LOVES everything science! Experiments we might do include: chromatography, melting points, conductivity of solutions, mole ratios, double replacement reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, decomposition, Charles' Law, Boyle's Law, hydrated salts, pH and pH indicators, titration, molar mass, buffer solutions, concentration and reaction rates, temperature and reaction rates, and galvanic cells.

Self-Directed Exploration B (SDE)

Facilitator: None, self-directed          

Target age: 5 through Teens              

# of participants: 12

Cost: $ 5

Our Imagination Room is fully stocked with an inventory list that reads like an arts & craft store to create whatever your imagination can dream up! Plus, it holds a variety of books and magazines for all ages and reading abilities, textiles and looming, rotation of construction maipulatives like Jix and K'NEX. The amazing outdoor playground is also available for those in SDE. 

If your child is artistic or creative, loves to play outside or is looking for an opportunity to meet other homeschoolers, this may be the perfect fit for you.

 

Co-op Aide B

Facilitator: N/A

Target age: 11+

# of participants: 4

Cost: $ 0

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, organizational, responsible, and social learners

Responsible learners age 11+ will assist with Co-op needs. Aides will co-ordinate with Libby Landry and might act as classroom assistants, run errands, help clean, or other appropriate and needed jobs. Aides must be responsible and trustworthy.

 

Lunch Program

12:10-12:50

 

Yearbook-Continued

​Facilitator: Kristina Daigle

Target age: 11+ and Adults

# of participants: 10

Cost: $ 0

​​This class will likely appeal to: visual, logical, artistic, spatial, and social learners

Editors Need  - Like to proofread and check for continuity, assisting with deadlines, requires attention to detail. This position works directly with the Facilitator.

Photographers -This is ideal those signed up as a Co-op Aide or for adults who can come and go in classrooms.  This will appeal to those who carry their phone or camera all the time and enjoy taking both photos and videos.

Graphic Designers - If you like graphic arts or have a some skills using technology you can assist the Facilitator in layout and design of yearbook pages.

Creating the yearbook is a fun and exciting yearlong project. Learners must be dedicated to designing and creating the pages for the yearbook, which will be published at the end of May 2019. ​ A laptop is required for this class and will be used in each class. ​

Afternoon Program, Session I&II

1:00-2:30

 

Real Recess/CEP Workshops 

​Facilitator: None

Target age: Multi - 5 through Teens

# of participants: 60

Cost: $ 5

Note: This class will not meet on May 21 so we can accommodate our annual talent show during this time period.

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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.

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. We invite members to suggest and lead workshops. You can sign up for your choice of workshop when you arrive on campus. ** Some CEP Workshops might have an additional cost for materials.**

 

Afternoon Program, Session I

1:00-1:45

Gavel Club

Facilitator: Janine Deckard                            

Target age: 10-19 flexible according to maturity

# of participants: 15

Cost: $ 0

Note: This class will not meet on May 21 so we can accommodate our annual talent show during this time period.

​This class will likely appeal to: verbal and social learners

​This class focuses on communication and leadership training. It is led by the learners and they will decide what to focus on. This past term we focused on impromptu speech and thinking on our feet. Speaking in public is challenging and we have many opportunities for those interested in tackling their fears.

* Must be able to read and write.

Poetry and Teatime

Facilitator: Erin Wallace        

Target age: 7-10                                 

# of participants: 12

Cost: $ 3

Note: This class will not meet on May 21 so we can accommodate our annual talent show during this time period.

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, logical, and social learners

Join us after lunch for Poetry Teatime! We will discover two poets each week, one classic children's poet and one modern poet. Each class we will read and discuss some poems from our focus poets, enjoy some teatime treats (tea/lemonade, yummy baked goods), and maybe even memorize a poem or two to share with our parents at the end of the term. Poetry is for everyone! Come enjoy it with us. 

*If your learner has food allergies or other dietary restrictions, please let me know. I may be able to accommodate those in treats that are served. If not, you're welcome to provide an alternative for your child.

Book Study: The Brave Learner

Facilitator: Melynda Heller    

Target age: Adults                             

# of participants: 12

Cost: $ 0

Note: This class will not meet on May 21 so we can accommodate our annual talent show during this time period.

This class will likely appeal to: verbal and social learners

 

This class will be a book study of The Brave Learner, by Julie Bogart. This book does not promote a particular kind of homeschooling, but focuses on how learning can be improved, creating a cozy home, and using your own learning to fuel your homeschool. Each week a paricipant will lead class discussion about the book. We will meet on the playground so you can watch your kids, unless the weather is too bad.

* Particpants will need to provide their own copy of the book.

Afternoon Program, Session II

1:45-2:30

 

Just Dance

Facilitator: Sarah Hall

Target age: 12-18, NOT FLEXIBLE

# of participants: 10

Cost: $ 0

Note: This class will not meet on May 21 so we can accommodate our annual talent show during this time period.

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, logical, artistic, social, and spatial learners

Come dance with us! We will have dance videos, online tutorials, and Xbox just dance. Some types of dance we might do are Country line dancing, Indian, Pop music moves, cha-cha, swing, and square dancing. No pressure, just fun!

 
 
 
 
 
 

WEDNESDAY - OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

These two weekly classes are concurrent and located across the street from each other. Please note they begin April 3, the second Wednesday of the term.

Hogan Park

P.E.

Facilitator: Janeen Guynn     

Target age: 5+

Time: 10:00 - 11:30                                  

# of participants: 30

Cost: $ 0

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, verbal, social, and spatial learners

 

Come join us for an action packed PE class. Each class with start with a game of tag like Mosquito Tag or Triangle Tag. Then we’ll play a game or activity, from things like jump roping to kickball.

Sibley Youth & Family Garden

In the Garden: Companion Planting

Facilitator: Robie Ritchie      

Target age: 10+ Not Flexible 

Time: 10:00 - 11:30                                 

# of participants: 10

Cost: $ 0

This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, logical, artistic, social, and spatial learners

 

Plants are a living community somewhat like people. Some plants get along with other plants better than others. Plants can compete for space, nutrients and water. Other plants can add nutrients to the soil and attract pollinators. 

We will learn using an online program to plan a community of about 60 varieties of fruits, herbs and vegetables. Students will use hand tools to manipulate soil and plant. We will have a guest speaker who is an expert is soil conservation and another who will discuss water.

THURSDAY - LEARNING WITH THE EXPERTS

 

At A Glance

 

Museum of the Southwest...always invites parents to participate along side their children! 

2:00-3:30

April 18

Portraits & Storytelling

Facilitator: Melissa Rowland                

Target Age: 5+                                 

# of participants: 25

Cost: $ 2

Location: MSW Brown Science Center

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Explore the works of art in the Museum of the Southwest’s portrait gallery and become detectives as you work together to examine artifacts and put together clues that will help you to construct a story about who those artifacts might have belonged to and which portrait represents that person.

May 2

Rocket Design Pt. 2

Facilitator: Melissa Rowland              

Target Age: 8+                                 

# of participants: Registration is open only to those who participated in the rocket design class in the previous term.

Cost: $ 2

Location: MSW Brown Science Center

This class is a follow up to our Rocket Design class from the previous term.  Please bring back your designs for us to discuss as a group and get ready for the rocket design competition held at the Museum of the Southwest during Astronomy Day.  

May 23

Tiny Homes

Facilitator: Melissa Rowland                 

Target Age: 5+                                

# of participants: 15

Cost: $ 2

Location: MSW Brown Science Center

Up to 20 participants.  What is it like to live inside a tiny space?  Discover the rewards and challenges of living in a tiny home and design your very own tiny home space!  Art, engineering, and architecture come together in this hands-on class.

Day Trips...

April 11

Science Spectrum Museum

Lubbock, Texas

Our visit includes admission to the special exhibit Butterflies Alive!, an IMAX film, and admission to the Museum.                                

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cost: $ 10 for ages 3+

Carpool or come on your own! At 11:00 am we'll meet in the Museum private dining room where you are welcome to bring your own lunch or join our group order for delivery. The special exhibit tour begins at 12:30 followed by the IMAX film, and then touring the museum the remainder of the afternoon. Visit https://www.sciencespectrum.org/special-exhibits/#butterflies to learn about the exhibit and IMAX film.

May 9

West of the Pecos Museum  &
Odessa Meteor Crater

Pecos and Odessa, Texas

                       

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cost: $ 0 Donations accepted (and encouraged) at the Museums

Begin the day in Pecos with a tour of the West of the Pecos Museum followed by a picnic and exploration at Centennial Park. On the way back we'll stop and visit the Odessa Meteor Crater.

 
 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

The Readers & Storytellers of WTHS Co-op

We're partnering with George W. Bush Childhood Home to help bring a love of reading to the children of Midland!

Who: WTHS Co-op learners of any age who wish to read a book (or in the future, tell a story!) to attendees in the pre-k age range  from the local community as well as any of our own young members or other homeschoolers.

What: Readers have the opportunity to practice reading out loud to a completely non-judgmental crowd (3-4 year olds don’t judge, just love stories!), develop self confidence, explore expression and getting into character as desired, while participating in community service and good citizenship. Attendees see how much fun reading can be and will receive a free, new book of their own. We will also be doing a very simple craft project.

 

Where: The Library building of George W. Bush Childhood Home, 1412 W. Ohio, Midland.

When: April 12, 10:00 - 10:30

May - date to be determined

This project will break over the summer and continue in the 2019/2020 year.

Teen Cohort

 

Target age: 13+                                   

 

Calling all teens!!! This is your chance to participate in some really cool and fun activities with other teens in our Co-op. Our outings in the past have included skating, Cinergy games and arcades, hanging out at a local park, meeting at Brew Street for coffee, a party during the break, and even an end of the year trip to Fossil Rim in Glenrose, Texas. We plan the social activities around things the learners want to do and each year is different. We try our very best to keep the cost low since all members will be responsible for paying for the activities they choose to participate in.   

 

Learner Council

 

Target age: 13+                                     

Returning student council members will host events for and activities to develop community. New members are welcomed to join.

2nd Annual Talent Show

May 21 - We want to celebrate your talent! ​Singing, dancing, skits, poetry recitation, art presentations and more.

Field Trips

Local and over night trips are always being planned by our members!

CONTACT US

Open Skies Learning Community

P.O. Box 53724

Midland, TX 79710

 

 

Libby Landry, Director

libby.landry@openskieslearning.com

 

 

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