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.

* 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

 

At a Glance

 

Concurrent Classes Session I

10:00-10:50

​Laugh N Learn

Facilitator: Janeen Guynn                  

Target age: 3-5 (age range not flexible)                                   

# of participants: 15 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $3

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

An education in silliness will include finger plays, active games or songs, cross body movements, and general tom foolery. This class, designed to enhance pre-literacy skills and build on imagination, will be full of action. Each day approximately 30 minutes will be structured, and the second half will be spent in supervised free play.

Stitch by Stitch

Facilitator: Kristina Daigle                

Target age: 5-8                                     

# of participants: 15  Waitlist Available!                         

Cost: $6

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

Learners will learn basic stitches used in hand sewing and embroidery. Each week we will learn different techniques like running, back, blanket stitches, and many more. 

 

Note: We will be using needles. For the safety of your learner and others, please do not sign your child up if they are not currently able to safely and responsibly handle needles. This class will be offered again in the future to allow them to participate when they are ready.

The Artistic Scientist

Facilitator: Heddy Herron                 

Target age: 5-8                                   

# of participants: 10 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $3

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

Most people think art and science are completely different, but this class is here to prove them wrong! Each day we’ll start with a fun, interactive science experiment then apply our newfound knowledge to create a hypothesis regarding what will happen in our artwork, and finally create our amazing masterpieces. We’ll be learning about things such as chromatography, density, polarity, gravity, viscosity, freezing point (and so much more) in a fun, hands on environment. Creative scientists unite!

 

Prerequisite: Learners need to be able to follow basic instructions, as we will be doing science experiments.

Animal Class-ification

Facilitator: Brenna Kidd                   

Target age: 5-8                                   

# of participants: 10 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $​3

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

What makes a mammal a mammal?  Do only birds lay eggs?  Learn the basics of taxonomic classification, focusing on the animal kingdom. We'll be discussing a few of the most common phyla, some well known classes of them and studying good examples along with the rebels that defy the rules.    

Dissection

Facilitator: Jenny Smith                     

Target age: 8+                                     

# of participants: 12 Limited Availability!

Cost: Choose $​25 sharing specimens with 1 other person or $35 for independent study

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

Let’s learn about animal anatomy thru dissection. In this class we will be working in groups to dissect a variety of animals. Real scalpels will be used. The class will be super hands on using our gloved hands to touch and explore the inside of animals.

 

Note: Real scalpels will be used. This class is only for kids that are serious about dissection. We will respect the animals by dissecting with the purpose of learning. No blatant mutilation or destructive "play" with the specimens will be tolerated. Age flexible with facilitator approval.

Private Eye School

Facilitator: DeeDee Putzel                 

Target age: 9-12                                 

# of participants: 12 Limited Availability!

Cost: $4

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

In Private Eye School we will be solving mysteries, with different scenarios each week. Along the way, students will learn to analyze bloodstains and lip prints, while decoding messages and solving challenging puzzles. Each of the one-hour mysteries will require students to think outside of the box, organize data, take notes, make inferences, and use deductive reasoning skills.

 

Note: Fluent reading skills required. Some help can be given.

Intro to Improv

Facilitator: Bridgette Hunt                

Target age: 10-12                                 

# of participants: 12 Limited Availability!

Cost: $0

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

An introduction to improvisation, where we will work on acting and reacting “on the spot”—without prior preparation or rehearsal. We will work on creating characters and scenarios, teamwork, active listening, and reacting, through a variety of theater games and activities. Side effects may include increased confidence, improved mood, and camaraderie.

Music and Political Activism

Facilitator: Stephanie Shreffler         

Target age: 13+ (age range not flexible)                                   

# of participants: 15

Cost: $0

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

As long as people have experienced angst about their socio-political environment, they have sung about it. This class will explore how music can be political, or what constitutes political expression in music. We will then touch on several more famous instances of political activism in music, such as the music of Joan Baez in her support of the US Civil Rights movement as well as her songs that expressed concern over events in Chile in the 1970's. Other topics will touch on Gilberto Gil of Brazil, war protest songs, Nazi ideology in music, patriotic music and many others. Lastly, we will end the class with a foray into current socio-political struggles that are being addressed by musicians, particular in R&B in response to hurricane Katrina and the Black Lives Matter movement. This class will be taught using a traditional college discussion approach. Students will be expected to complete certain readings before the class in order to be able to participate in the class discussions. Musical recordings will be provided for listening as a supplement to some of the readings. Finally, each student will be expected to provide a brief presentation on an example of musical political activism that interests them.

Note: Political activism topics in an open discourse venue may trigger discussions that touch on LGBQT struggles, racism, oppression and other sensitive topics. I will maintain a neutral position that requires respect of each other's views.

Forensic Science

Facilitator: Dee Dee Caputo              

Target age: 13+ (age range not flexible)                                   

# of participants: 16 More than 50% full!

Cost: $4

This class will likely appeal to: visual and social learners

Does your learner like to solve crimes? Forensic science is the scientific analysis of physical evidence. The crime laboratory plays a critical role in the analysis of evidence in order to solve crimes. This class will offer labs, engaging explorations and hands on activities. Students will learn about cutting-edge forensic science practices and procedures. Our final project will be processing and analyzing the evidence found at a mock crime scene, where students will be asked to solve the crime.

Communication through Art

Facilitator: Lisa Tankersley               

Target age: 5 through Teens (age range not flexible)       

# of participants: 10 Waitlist Availabile!

Cost: $5

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

A class that will use creativity, imagination and art to take our kids on weekly adventures. We will learn about and explore the different ways art has been used to communicate through the centuries from cave men to our present age.

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 which includes various art supplies and books, chill in the Lounge with friends, or make use of the amazing outdoor facilities.

 

Concurrent Classes Session II

11:10-12:00

 

Tiny Time-The Alphabet

Facilitator: Brenna Kidd                   

Target age: 3-5    (age range not flexible)                              

# of participants: 8 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $5

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

Pre-writing class focusing on letter names and the sounds they make along with name recognition (and spelling and writing for the learners that are ready for it), fine motor skills and fun! 

Spanish Fun!

Facilitator: DeeDee Putzel                 

Target age: 5-8                                     

# of participants: 12 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $5

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

Introduction to beginning Spanish words. Students will gain a basic understanding of the Spanish language through hands on games, songs, and activities. Subjects to include: colors, numbers, animals, body parts, days of the week, and other basic vocabulary words.

Note: Fluent reading skills not required but letter and sound recognition will be beneficial.

Animal Anatomy

Facilitator: Jenny Smith                     

Target age: 5-8                                     

# of participants: 15

Cost: $11

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

We will learn about animal anatomy using specimens our learners dissected in the first hour class. First, we will have some hands-on time exploring different parts of the inside of animals. We will talk about animal anatomy, learn more about the animals, and how to care for them.

Note: Kids will be using gloved hands to touch dissected animals.

Our Weird World (STEM)

Facilitator: Janeen Guynn                  

Target age: 5-8                                     

# of participants: 16 Waitlist Availabile!

Cost: $5

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

Join us in this class as we explore our weird world. From the tallest building on earth to bizarre animals that live in the depths of the ocean, we'll explore the strangest things on earth. Each class will have a STEM tie-in to help us better understand this crazy planet we call home.

Business Builders

Facilitator: Kristina Diagle                

Target age: 8+                                     

# of participants: 20 Limited Availability!

Cost: $0

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

 

Build a business from the ground up. Over the course of the semester learners will develop a company on their own or in a partnership, conduct market research, and produce a final product or service to be offered at the Midland Farmers Market in the last sessions of the semester. Their project may be a service or product. If their business offers a product then they may utilize materials they already posses or purchase their own supplies.

Artistic Scientist

Facilitator: Heddy Herron                 

Target age: 9-12                                   

# of participants: 10 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $3

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

Most people think art and science are completely different, but this class is here to prove them wrong! Each day we’ll start with a fun, interactive science experiment then apply our newfound knowledge to create a hypothesis regarding what will happen in our artwork, and finally create our amazing masterpieces. We’ll be learning about things such as chromatography, density, polarity, gravity, viscosity, freezing point (and so much more) in a fun, hands on environment. Creative scientists unite!

Sing!

Facilitator: Molly Frieri                     

Target age: 8-12 (age range not flexible)                               

# of participants: 6 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $10

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

Do you love to sing?!? In Sing! we will develop vocal techniques through proper breath and body alignment exercises along with an ear-training, solfege and sight-singing. We will focus on healthy use of voice registers, legato, diction, performance skills, and to sing with good pitch and tone.

 

What about FOOD? Secrets behind the food we eat

Facilitator: Holly Franks                    

Target age: 10+                                   

# of participants: 20

Cost: $0 

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

 

We will use the young reader version of Michael Pollens "The Omnivores Dilemma" to have discussion about our food supply. We will go undercover at the supermarket and discover what terms like "organic", "grass-fed", and "pasture raised" means. We will take everyday foods we eat and determine what the ingredients are  and how they play a role in our bodies health . How did nonnutritive substances get to be so accepted in our food? What role does the USDA play in imported food? What role does marketing play on our ideas about what we perceive to be healthy food? This class will respect all eating styles such as vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, and of course, the omnivore.

 

Notes: A young readers version of "the Omnivores Dilemma" for use in class. Learner is encouraged to get the book to further investigate topics we will discuss in class from it, but it’s not mandatory at all. Print outs will be available.

 

Foundations in Social Justice

Facilitator: Dee Dee Caputo              

Target age: 13+     (age range not flexible)                               

# of participants: 16

Cost: $0

This class will likely appeal to: verbal and social learners

We are all different, yet we all belong. This course will explore ways to bring social justice principles and action into our lives. We will have group discussions to help us begin to understand how our actions impact others which in turn will help us interact with others around us. We will also learn ways to relate to others that have different life experiences.

Communication through Art

Facilitator: Lisa Tankersley            

Target age: 5 through Teens  (age range not flexible)        

# of participants: 10 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $5

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

A class that will use creativity, imagination and art to take our kids on weekly adventures. We will learn about and explore the different ways art has been used to communicate through the centuries from cave men to our present age.

 

Self-Directed Exploration

Facilitator: None, self-directed           

Target age: 5 through Teens              

# of participants: 12 Limited Availability!

Cost: $5

This is a period for self-directed exploration. You may work on a project in the Imagination Room which includes various art supplies and books, chill in the Lounge with friends, or make use of the amazing outdoor facilities.

 

Afternoon Program 1:00-2:30

 

Real Recess/CEP Workshops

Facilitator: None, Self-directed

Target age: Multi - 5 through Teens

# of participants: 45 Limited Availability!

Cost: $5

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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 choose their own activities and will have access to:

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

  • Outdoor playground - Fenced with covered play structure; basketball court, tag, paddle ball, parachute and more.

  • 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.

Workshops may 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 1:00-1:45

Move!

Facilitator: Molly Frieri and Bridgette Hunt           

Target age: 12-Adult                                                 

# of participants: 20

Cost: $0

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

 

Parents....Do you want to get a workout in while your kids are in class or do a workout WITH your kids. Join me for an hour of movement. We will use Barre3 online videos (a mixture of yoga, Pilates and barre moves) to get moving!

 

Note: Mat, barre3 core ball and light handheld weights are optional if you would like to bring your own. This workout is easily adaptable to street clothes. This class time is staggered with Destination Imagination so learners may join both if desired.

WTHS Co-op Gavel Club

Facilitator: Janine Deckard                            

Target age: 11-19   (age range not flexible)                                          

# of participants: 15 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $3

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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

This semester we will focus on our performance skills as well as our ability to think on our feet. We will break down the process of impromptu speaking and how to keep our thoughts from rambling and being confused. We will learn to keep our speaking within a time limit and evaluate our current skills. Towards the end of the semester, we will have a Table Topics competition and compete to win a trophy. We will use the latest education system, Pathways, as our guide.

Note: Participants need to be able to read and write. This class time is staggered with Destination Imagination so learners may join both if desired.

Afternoon Program 1:45-2:30

Destination Imagination

Facilitator: Heddy Herron & Kristin Atkinson                  

Age: Team A: 8-11 (Born 6/15/07 - 6/14/10; age not flexible) Waitlist Available!

Age: Team B: 11-14 (Born 6/15/04 - 6/14/07; age not flexible) Waitlist Available!                             

# of participants: 7 per team 

Cost: $15

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

Destination Imagination is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage, and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM, fine arts, and community service. Participants will learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, teamwork, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem-solving process. Our team will work together to solve a problem, write a skit, design a set and costumes, and ultimately compete and showcase their solutions at a tournament in Lubbock during February or March (date hasn’t been sent). To learn more, go to https://www.destinationimagination.org.

 

 

Note: We will meet in both fall and winter sessions. Because this is a team who will be competing, dedication and reliability are vital. As we near competition, there will most likely be meet-ups outside of the scheduled class time. This class time is staggered with Gavel Club and Move! so learners may join both if desired.

 
 

THURSDAY- LEARNING WITH THE EXPERTS

 

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

2:00-3:30

Concurrent Classes - Sept. 27

Color Theory

Facilitator: Melissa Rowland and Annelorre Robertson                 

Target age: 5+                                  

# of participants: 25 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $2

Location: MSW Brown Science Center

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

In this class we will be investigating the science behind color, exploring warm colors and cool colors, how colors blend and contrast, and how colors evoke emotions. 

 

Supplies: Please bring a notebook.

 

Children's Museum Activity - Color

Target age: Under 5

# of participants: 12 Limited Availability!

Cost: $2 ages 3-4; 2 & under free 

 

Explore color layering with light table and the emotions of color with Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days. 

Concurrent Classes - Nov. 8

Enchanted Sculpture

Facilitator: Annelorre Robertson and Melissa Rowland                

Target age: 8+                                     

# of participants: 25 Limited Availability!                           

Cost: $2

Location: MSW Blakemore Planetarium

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

Begin your aquatic journey with the dome show, Enchanted Reef (appropriate for all ages). Visit the art work of Maura Fowler, a ceramic artist from Texas who explores the precariousness of life in the biosphere with clay and color. Inorganisms is a series in which every specimen is its own object of curiosity that elicits a natural history and pushes the boundary between art and science. Like a Victorian cabinet of curiosity, Maura categorizes and defines aquatics and terrestrial life to expose the juxtaposition between moving, living organisms and the desire to freeze ephemera for educational or decorative purposes., Sketch images in gallery that will then be brought back to the Brown Science center and turned into paper and wire sculptures.

 

Supplies: Please bring a notebook and pencil.

Children's Museum Activity - Fish

Target Age: Under 8 

# of participants: 12 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $2 ages 3-7; 2 & under free

After viewing Enchanted Reef dome show, visit the Children’s Museum Fish Tanks and Fish activity.

Concurrent Classes - Nov. 15

Exploring Photography

Facilitator: Annelorre Robertson and Melissa Rowland                 

Target age: 8+                                  

# of participants: 20 Limited Availability!

Cost: $2

Location: MSW Brown Science Center

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

Explore the photography of Craig Varjabedian, an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the unique and quintessential. He shares awe-inspiring stories of the land and the people who live on it—one photograph at a time. 

Making Pinhole Cameras: Pinhole cameras were one of the earliest types of cameras. They use the principle of "camera obscura," in which light travels through a small hole in a dark box to form a picture. Explore early forms of photography and try your hand at some more modern approaches.

Supplies: Please bring one shoebox per learner for pinhole cameras.

Children's Museum Activity - Cyanotype!

Target age: Under 8 

# of participants: 12 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $2 ages 3-7; 2 & under free

Cyanotype printing! A favorite of many.

Petroleum Museum... class cost includes self-guided tour. Adult self-guided tour available at $8 and under 5 free and can be purchased at the Museum on the day of class.

2:00-3:30

Concurrent Classes - Oct. 4

Geology                

Target age: 5 to 10                                  

# of participants: 40 Waitlist Available!

Cost: $10

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

This program features a hands-on introduction to the rock cycle, layers of the earth, porosity and permeability. Learn the basics of geology and how it pertains to the Petroleum industry.

                            

Outdoor Tour

Target ages: 11+

# of participants 25

Cost: $10

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

 

This program features a guided tour of the Museum's Oil Patch which is the largest collection of antique oil equipment in the country. Learn about the functions of the equipment and how technology in the industry has evolved through time.

 

Concurrent Classes - Oct. 25

Animals
Target ages 5-10 or older

# of participants 40 Limited Availability!

Cost: $10

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

Learn about animal classifications, adaptations, ecosystems, and habitats through hands-on interactions with the Museum's live, exotic animals. Featured animals include prairie dogs, snakes, chinchilla, Sulcata tortoise, rabbits, and more.

 

Minerals

Target ages 11+

# of participants: 25 More than 50% full!

Cost: $10

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

This program includes a guided tour of the Museum's Mineral Gallery that focuses on the physical and chemical properties of minerals as well as everyday uses. Learners will get to see specimens up close while also viewing larger specimens in the galleries. Other galleries may also be included in this class.

 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

Community Service, Socials & More

 

Keep Midland Beautiful - Fall Sweep Annual Community Cleanup

Saturday October 13, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (park TBD)
Event Coordinator: Taryn Snider                  
Target age: all ages                          
# of participants: no limit
Cost: $0

This event will likely appeal to: learners who want to get involved in their local community

The Fall Sweep is a community wide cleanup for all who want to pick up and sweep up their community! Supplies will be provided by Keep Midland Beautiful and all participants will receive a t-shirt. A lunch provided by Keep Midland Beautiful will take place when the clean up event concludes.

Note: The park we are assigned will depend on how many learners and parents sign up to participate. An announcement will be made when the park is determined and we will meet there on the date of the event.

Teen Cohort
Facilitator: Dee Dee Caputo
Age: 13+, age not flexible
# of participants: Unlimited

Location: Off Campus/Various
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, Trick or Treating at Halloween, a Holiday Party, a Valentine’s Day party, 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.    


Yearbook Club
Facilitator: Dee Dee Caputo
Age: 11+
# Participants: 15 Limited Availability!

Location: On Campus/Tuesdays
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. 

 

The Fall term will consist of 2 meetings (on campus, probably during lunch hour) in which we will discuss taking pictures and the responsibilities for each learner.

 

The Winter and Spring term will consist of dedicated 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 club and will be used in the Winter and Spring class time only.

 

No prior experience is needed to help with creating our yearbook. 

 

 

Field Trips

Local and over night trips are currently being planned! 
 

CONTACT US

Open Skies Learning Community

P.O. Box 53724

Midland, TX 79710

 

 

Libby Landry, Director

libby.landry@openskieslearning.com

 

 

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