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

 
 

Session I

10:00-10:50

​Music and Play for Littles

 

Facilitator: Stephanie Shreffler          This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, logical, and social learners

Target age: 4-6 not flexible                                  

# of participants: 10

Cost: $0

Music is another language which young minds need to be exposed to in order to more easily use it and/or understand it as they move through life. Music and Play for Littles will involve hands-on exploration of musical concepts such as pitch and rhythm using hand bells, a foot piano, boomwhackers, rhythm instruments, song and even iPad apps that play with music. We will focus on having fun with music!

Fables, Fairy Tales, and Story Components

 

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

Target age: 4-8                                     

# of participants: 10

Cost: $​2

Each week we will read one of the following stories: The Ugly Duckling, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Little Red Hen, Jack and The Bean Stalk, Gingerbread Man, Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, & Hansel & Gretel.

Through play and hands-on activities, we will explore: Character Profiles, Character Feelings, Compare and Contrast Characters, Story Sequencing, and Create Story Stick Puppets.

Literacy with Friends

 

Facilitator: Janeen Guynn                    This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, and social learners

Target age: 5-8                                     

# of participants: 12                           

Cost: $3

 

If you have a sincere interest in learning to read, this might be the class for you! We will work on letter sound correspondence, sight words, chunking, and vowel sounds. We’ll read short stories and practice writing sight words. Then on Thursday mornings at 9 am, you can join us via tablet, phone or laptop for a 30-minute class where we will continue to build our literacy skills.

 

NOTE: Learner must have a personal desire to learn how to read.

An Awesome Artventure

 

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

Target age: 5-8                                                               

# of participants: 15

Cost: $5

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!

 

Math Adventures with Sir Cumference

 

Facilitator: DeeDee Putzel                  This class will likely appeal to: logical, artistic, spatial, and social learners

Target age: 7-10                                   

# of participants: 15

Cost: $3

We will be reading books from the Sir Cumference series of math adventures (a new one each week) and doing various activities/games to go along with the theme of the book. Students will learn and reinforce various math concepts such as basic geometry, fractions, addition and subtraction, perimeter and area, etc.

NOTE: Some reading ability necessary. Minimal help can be provided if necessary.

Famous Inventors

 

Facilitator: Jenny Smith                      This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, spatial, and social learners

Target age: 7-10                                 

# of participants: 15

Cost: $5

Ever wonder how famous inventors got started?? How many times they "failed" before their inventions worked? We will explore famous inventors, possibly try some of their inventions and make an invention on our own.

 

Lyric Lab

 

Facilitator: Molly Frieri                      This class will likely appeal to: visual, verbal, logical, artistic, and social learners

Target age: 11-14                                

# of participants: 12

Cost: $2

Each week we will create rap lyrics using 6th-8th grade vocabulary words. We will combine synonyms and rhyming words to create our own songs and then set these lyrics to hip hop beats and create our very own class raps.

Knitting (11+)

Facilitator: Erin Wallace                     This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, logical, artistic, spatial, & social learners

Target age: 11+                                  

# of participants: 8

Cost: $15

In our very first class, we will learn the knit stitch and begin knitting a hat! When we finish our hats, we will try other projects to learn additional skills (how many and which specific projects depend on how the class is progressing). Class fee covers one skein of yarn, needles, and notions, which should be enough to complete 2 projects. If your child turns out to be an enthusiastic and speedy knitter, there may be additional supply costs for more yarn. I'll be there to help every step of the way, and I promise you can learn to knit successfully!

 

Yearbook-Continued

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

Target age: 11+                                  

# of participants: 16

Cost: $0

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. 

This term we will dedicate class time to create each yearbook page. Yearbook pages will be assigned to each learner and the pages can be completed during class time and at home. A laptop is required for this class and will be used in each class.

No prior experience is needed to help with creating our yearbook.  New members are welcomed.

Co-op Aide

 

Facilitator: N/A                   This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, organizational, responsible, and social learners

Target age: 11+                                  

# of participants: 4

Cost: $0

 

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

Self-Directed Exploration

Facilitator: None, self-directed          

Target age: 5 through Teens              

# of participants: 12

Cost: $5

This is a period for self-directed exploration. You may work on a project in the Imagination Room, chill with friends, or make use of the amazing outdoor facilities.

Session II

11:10-12:00

Story Time!

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

Target age: 3-6 (younger accepted with parent/POD present)

# of participants: 10

Cost: $5

It's Story Time! Each week we will read one of the following stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See?, The Snowy Day, I Went Walking, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Teasing Mr. Crocodile. The story reading will be interactive. We will complete hands-on activities that go along with each story.

Intro to Coding and Robotics

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

Target age: 5-8                                   

# of participants: 12

Cost: $7

This integrated class will focus on multi-subject learning while also teaching basic coding principles through playing games and working with Ozobots. Activities could include counting, writing, sequencing, reading, and more. I’ll be learning along with the kids and we’ll be choosing activities and lessons based on ability and interest.

An Awesome Artventure

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

Target age: 5-8                                                           

# of participants: 15

Cost: $5

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!

Stitch by Stitch 2

Facilitator: Kristina Daigle                 This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic and artistic learners

Target age: 5-8 not flexible                                 

# of participants: 10

Cost: $5

This is a continuation of Stitch by Stitch. We’ll continue to explore various hand stitching techniques.

PREREQUISITE: Stitch by Stitch, Fall 2018 OR A learner who can handle a needle, has practice with pulling their needle and thread all the way through, and can problem solve minor problems without help.

What is Music?

Facilitator: Stephanie Shreffler          This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, verbal, and artistic learners

Target age: 7-10 not flexible                               

# of participants: 12                           

Cost: $0

Music is another language which young minds need to be exposed to in order to more easily use it and/or understand it as they move through life. This music class will explore what we think music is, the science of music, what can be used to produce music (an introduction to instruments), and the elements of music composition. Specifically, we will explore rhythm, pitch, and timbre, and we will end the session with a foray into composition. No musical background is needed, but it will be helpful if the learner can grasp the concept of fractions.

Knitting (8-10)

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

Target age: 8-10                                 

# of participants: 6

Cost: $15

 

In our very first class, we will learn the knit stitch and begin knitting a hat! When we finish our hats, we will try other projects to learn additional skills (how many and which specific projects depend on how the class is progressing). Class fee covers one skein of yarn, needles, and notions, which should be enough to complete 2 projects. If your child turns out to be an enthusiastic and speedy knitter, there may be additional supply costs for more yarn. I'll be there to help every step of the way, and I promise you can learn to knit successfully!

 

Monologues

 

Facilitator: Bridgette Hunt                 This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, artistic, and social learners

Target age: 10+                                  

# of participants: 12

Cost: $0

Monologues: for anyone who is interested in speech, debate, public speaking, performance, and/or audition pieces. This will be an opportunity to work on performing a monologue in front of an audience of your peers with a director to help you refine the details and perfect your presentation. Strong reading skills required; material will be provided. Memorization is encouraged but not required.

NOTE: Strong reading skills needed.

Video Game Social

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

Target age: 11+ not flexible                                 

# of participants: 10

Cost: $0

 

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.

 

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

 

Co-op Aide

 

Facilitator: N/A                 This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, organizational, responsible, and social learners

Target age: 11+                                  

# of participants: 4

Cost: $0

 

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

Self-Directed Exploration

 

Facilitator: None, self-directed          

Target age: 5 through Teens              

# of participants: 12

Cost: $5

This is a period for self-directed exploration. You may work on a project in the Imagination Room, chill with friends, or make use of the amazing outdoor facilities.

 

Session III-Lunch

12:10-12:55

The Secret Garden

 

Facilitator: Chelsie Beal & Jenny Smith        This class will likely appeal to: visual, verbal, and social learners

Target age: 7-10                                             

# of participants: 16

Cost: $0

Join us during lunch time as the facilitators read this amazing book and lead class discussions!

Book Club: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Facilitator: Holly Franks                     This class will likely appeal to:  visual, verbal, logical, artistic, and social learners

Target age: 11+                                  

# of participants: 15

Cost: $0

Wonder is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness. Wonder highlights differences and acceptance as well as going the extra mile. It’s a story of one boy’s journey of self-acceptance and an examination of how the ordinary can sometimes be extraordinary. The movie will be incorporated somehow. We will create opportunities for random acts of kindness.

 

Note: Participants need a physical or e-copy of the book.

 

Analyzing Hamilton: The Musical

 

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

Target age: 13+                                  

# of participants: 12

Cost: $0

 

This class will be a week by week analysis/discussion of the various themes, songs, history, and historical figures presented in the musical Hamilton. We will listen to songs and discuss the accuracy of the history presented, compare the events of the time in the musical to current events, and possibly (okay, most assuredly) will be singing along to the soundtrack :)

 

NOTE: Students must be mature enough to handle the subject. Songs include lyrics with strong language/profanity.

 

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

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.**

 

Afternoon Program, Session I

1:00-1:45

 

Gavel Club

 

Facilitator: Janine Deckard                             This class will likely appeal to: verbal and social learners

Target age: 10-19 not flexible                                         

# of participants: 15

Cost: $3 for new participants, $0 for returning participants

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.

 

NOTE: Must be able to read and write.

 

Move!

 

Facilitator: Molly Frieri and Bridgette Hunt          This class will likely appeal to:  kinesthetic, visual, verbal, logical, and social learners

Target age: 13-Adult*                                               

# of participants: 30

Cost: $0

Come Move! with us! Each week we will spend 30-45 minutes moving our bodies! We will stream barre3, pilates and yoga workouts!

Afternoon Program, Session II

1:45-2:30

How to Draw Anime

 

Facilitator: Avigail Landry            This class will likely appeal to: kinesthetic, visual, verbal, artistic, spatial, and learners

Target age: 8+                               

# of participants: 10

Cost: $2

4 Week Class: February 12, 19, 26, March 5

In this class we will learn how to draw anime. We will cover: boy and girl heads, bodies, fashion, and eyes. In the last week, if desired, students can show their work.

 

NOTE: This class will be the last 4 weeks of the Winter term.

 
 
 
 
 
 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

Teen Cohort

 

Target age: 13+*                                   

# of participants: 30

Cost: $0

 

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.   

 

Student Council

 

Target age: 13+                                     

# of participants: 16

Cost: $0

 

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

Field Trips

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

THURSDAY - LEARNING WITH THE EXPERTS

 
 

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

2:00-3:30

January 24

How Artists Represent Space

Facilitator: Melissa Rowland and Annelorre Robertson                 

Target Age: Two age ranges will be available                                 

# of participants: tbd

Cost: $2

Location: MSW Brown Science Center

Class description coming soon!

February 28

Bella Gia and The Story of the Earth

Facilitator: Melissa Rowland and Annelorre Robertson                 

Target Age: Two age ranges will be available                                 

# of participants: tbd

Cost: $2

Location: MSW Brown Science Center

Class description coming soon!

March 7

Rocket Design

Facilitator: Melissa Rowland and Annelorre Robertson                 

Target Age: Two age ranges will be available                                 

# of participants: tbd

Cost: $2

Location: MSW Brown Science Center

Class description coming soon!

MORE...

We are leaving several Thursday's open this term for the activities and field trips our members set up.

CONTACT US

Open Skies Learning Community

P.O. Box 53724

Midland, TX 79710

 

 

Libby Landry, Director

libby.landry@openskieslearning.com

 

 

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