Great Stories Read Aloud

This course features great stories that are not necessarily well known but are classics (or deserve to be). For example, the first story was The Bat Poet, an award-winning folktale by Randall Jarrett about a young bat who is unable to sleep during the day. For April 23 we will read “Wolf Story,” by William McCleery, a book about a father making up a story with the very active help of his five-year-old son and his son’s friend Stefan.  The stories are great for K-2 kids, but older kids and precocious 4-year-olds will like them too. I have been reading aloud for decades, and my (young adult) children will join me.

with Allison Pugh

April 23

May 21

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Talking Trash

Students will learn about ecological systems through discussion of waste disposal, recycling, and composting. We’ll talk about best practices, how different countries and areas handle re-use/reduce/recycle differently, and how anyone can start composting or start a garden. An environmental awareness will come through a fun and practical workshop.

with Andreas Petrossiants & Elvia Wilk

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Museums 101: Behind the Scenes

This course will cover how galleries in museums are just the tip of the iceberg – the majority of what museums do happens behind the scenes! The focus of this course will be on natural history (we’ll explore the many steps an animal goes through to be transformed into taxidermy or a study specimen, and the important distinctions between these two; as well as to what purpose natural history collections are stored) and human history (with discussion of ethics and the changing approach many museums are taking in response to displays of human remains, as well as the repatriation of objects to Indigenous peoples). This talk is open to any ages, as it is based on gallery animation provided at the museum for all. With small children, content is kept simple and appropriate to knowledge and comfort levels, with an emphasis on how we can ALL be scientists. This is a one-off course with no follow-up or homework.

with Chelsea Clark

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African Art and Culture: Ghana

Have you ever been curious to learn more about African art and culture? Ghana is a country in West Africa, and this two-session course will introduce you to a bit of the art and culture of Ghana by looking at Adinkra. Adinkra is a set of symbols, each with their own image and meaning — much like hieroglyphs! We will learn some of the Adinkra symbols and the sayings related to them, discuss the long history of printing adinkra symbols, explore the contemporary practice of composing poems by combining Adinkra, and then end session 1 by giving ideas for Adinkra art projects that students of all ages can do with materials at home. Session 2 will be a gallery show and tell for students to report back and show others what they have created!

with Erin McDonnell

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Doing Science! Ethnography of the Crisis

Turning young people into their own ethnographic investigators. Giving them a few tools to document what’s happening around them in these uncertain times, and come together to try and understand it.

In this class, young people learn to think about themselves as social scientists. We will talk about what it means to create an archive of the present–exploring how what’s happening is affecting their communities. It also teaches them the value of history, and how they can play a part in creating an archive of the present, for future generations. (K-2, 3-5)

with Shamus Khan

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Writing Poetry: From Haikus to Shakespearean Sonnets

We’ll survey some of the world’s most beautiful and interesting poems and poetic writings from a diverse sampling of national and local traditions, we’ll talk about what makes these poems interesting, and then try our own hand at writing little works of poetry that use the same meter, social commentary and imagery.

with Trevor Heise

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Basics of American Sign Language

This course includes the learning of introductory phrases, signs for various animals, emergency signs for emergency situations, numbers, and more. American Sign Language is a visual language and a great skill for any learner. This is a fun learning space and all children are welcome!

with Emily Warshaw

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