Group Lesson Descriptions

Learning in Motion/Healthy Habit(at)s ***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Wednesday from 1-3pm for 6th-8th Grade and Thursday from 1-3pm for K-5th Grade.

Movement influences many aspects or our lives - physical, mental, and social. Join us as we explore different games and activities, sports skills, and basic anatomy. This class will focus on enjoying different kinds of movement, team building strategies, and the importance of participating in lifelong physical activity. Please bring water.

Critical Thinking through Games ***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Monday from 1-3pm for ages 10+.

This fun group meets to play different games including chess and other strategy, cooperative and competitive games to learn critical thinking skills, strategy and cooperation. This group also teaches how to win and lose with grace. Games will be chosen by the tutor and the participants.

American Sign Language ***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Friday from 9-10:30 am for 1st-8th Grade

Learn the basics of American Sign Language with Ms. Erin! This class will be beneficial for all learners who are wanting to learn ASL.

Communication Club***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Friday from 11-1 am for 4years-1st Grade

Led by a Speech Language Pathologist, Ms. Erin, children will learn basic communication skills and speech through interaction and play. This is a group session, not to take the place of speech therapy.


Budding Naturalists (3rd-5th)***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Monday from 11am-1pm for 3rd-5th Grade

This group focuses on nature-based ecology and environmental biology with additional lessons in natural history and nature journaling. Every lesson is structured through an environmental education framework and is intended to take place outside (weather permitting) or through hands-on indoor activities. We will learn about ecosystems, deep dive into the different plants and animals that live in North Carolina, investigate adaptations, find out what plants can do for us, learn how we can protect nature, and more! Become a naturalist through exploration, sensory activities, creativity, and science. Let's get close with our world around us with Ms. Abby, our "naturalist-in-residence".


Seedlings (age 4-2nd grade)***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Friday from 9-11am for 4 years to 2nd grade.

This group focuses on nature-based ecology and environmental biology with additional lessons in natural history and nature journaling. Every lesson is structured through an environmental education framework and is intended to take place outside (weather permitting) or through hands-on indoor activities. We will learn about ecosystems, deep dive into the different plants and animals that live in North Carolina, investigate adaptations, find out what plants can do for us, learn how we can protect nature, and more! Become a naturalist through exploration, sensory activities, creativity, and science. Let's get close with our world around us with Ms. Abby, our "naturalist-in-residence".


Tree Huggers Anonymous (6th-8th)***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Monday from 9-11am for 6th-8th Grade

This group focuses on nature-based ecology and environmental biology with additional lessons in natural history and nature journaling. Every lesson is structured through an environmental education framework and is intended to take place outside (weather permitting) or through hands-on indoor activities. We will learn about ecosystems, deep dive into the different plants and animals that live in North Carolina, investigate adaptations, find out what plants can do for us, learn how we can protect nature, and more! Become a naturalist through exploration, sensory activities, creativity, and science. Let's get close with our world around us with Ms. Abby, our "naturalist-in-residence".


SEW Much Fun! (Ages 7-11)***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Fridays from 9-11am for 7-11 year olds.

This Kid’s Beginner sewing class for ages 7-11. We will learn different kinds of stitches such as a straight stitch, chain stitch and a blanket stitch. We will be doing hand sewing cross stitching and candle wicking. Our projects will include knitting a scarf, felt animals, hand sewing a pillow, a scrunchie and a drawstring tote bag.


Supplies needed:

  • Knitting needles

  • 2 skeins of yarn

  • Woven Fabric

  • Elastic

  • Needles and thread

*Full supply list will be given out the first day of class.

SEW You Want to be a Seamstress? (Ages 11+) ***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Thursdays from 1-3pm for ages 11+

In this class, students ages 11 and up will learn the basics of machine sewing. Students will learn to use the sewing machine, examine patterns and pattern layouts, learn sewing terms and create samples for their sewing book. Projects will include a tablecloth, an apron, pants with an elastic band (PJ's) and a quilted tote bag. If time remains, students will also make a zipper pouch.

Supplies Needed: Pajama Pants Pattern, Cotton Fabric, Sewing Kit, and Elastic 5/8 to 1in wide.

*Complete Supply List will be given the 1st day of class.*

Mini Mathematicians (ages 4-6 years) ***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Tuesdays from 1-3pm for ages 4-6 years.

Learning how to count is one of the first steps learners take towards understanding the world around them. Through counting, learners can find different ways to think of measurement, data and proportional relationships that can give them a fundamental understanding of nature and the objects they encounter in their everyday life.

Math Magicians (1-2nd Grades) ***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Wednesdays from 1-3pm for 1st-2nd graders.

Some math magicians may realize early on that there must be something beyond the number 10. How else would you be able to count a whole jar of cherry flavored jelly beans? Together we explore the 10 unique symbols that make up our entire number system, focusing on base ten expansion, place value and ....toothpicks??

Pre-Algebra Pros (Middle School Grades) ***NEW FOR JANUARY 2023****

This group meets Thursdays from 1-3pm for middle schoolers.

Numerals and the alphabet go together like peanut butter and jelly. Understanding why letters are introduced to mathematics is fundamental to learning algebra. Learners can start working out their algebra muscles by making sense of abstract ideas in mathematics such as variables and mathematical models.

Transitional Kindergarten-First Grade Explorations Monday-Friday (Mon-Thurs WAITLIST ONLY)

This four-hour class is perfect for age 4 through First Grade, and is based on learning through play. Children at this age are not meant to be sitting still for hours. They need to be moving, playing and creating! We will go outside everyday, maybe multiple times! We will explore, get dirty and go on adventures! I use nature to show my Little's the science behind what birds are in our backyard, what's cool about bats, do animals hibernate or migrate and many more fun topics. To prepare for reading we will: learn our letters, their sounds and begin to identify words that begin with them. We will accomplish writing our first and last names. We will begin reading basic sight words! I can't wait to meet you and your child! It's going to be an awesome year!


Elementary Bible History Quest (FREE!)

This two-hour class will study the Bible as a factual history book, using archaeological evidence, Biblical truth and science as we learn about the people and places of the Bible. We will start in Genesis and work our way through the Old Testament and connect it with our spiritual heritage. We will use hands-on and interactive activities to learn the who, what, when and where of the Bible!


OG Reading and Spelling Discoveries

Reading/Spelling Discoveries is an intensive reading and spelling program designed for reading and spelling readiness, emergent reader and spellers, struggling readers and spellers or gifted children with unique learning styles. Your child will receive targeted instruction in areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling, listening & reading comprehension skills. Reading/Spelling Discoveries uses an Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach.Orton-Gillingham is a language-based, multi-sensory, structured, and sequential method of instruction that assists struggling students by activating visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic sense to enhance learning and memory. This group meets twice a week for two hours. The 9-11am group will have a snack and play break and the 11-1pm group will have lunch and playtime.


OG Beginning Bookworms

Beginning Bookworms is an intensive phonics program designed for emergent readers and spellers. This is a level 1 Orton Gillingham class. Each week a new letter/sound will be introduced and practiced through a kinesthetic approach to promote reading and spelling. This group meets twice a week for one hour, 1pm to 2pm Monday and Wednesday.


Middle School Smoothie Scholars Reading Club

Students will begin each class with a focus on Orton-Gillingham-based reading and spelling strategies. These research & evidence-based strategies will strengthen both foundational and overall reading skills. Students will also cultivate a joy for reading as they explore various novels throughout the year with a focus on reading comprehension skills and strategies. This will be done while enjoying weekly smoothies during our low-pressure, cafe-style book club! Class times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am -1 pm.

1st-3rd Woodland Writers

The Woodland Writers will gather in the woods to unplug from screens and technology, relax and explore in nature, while expressing ourselves through our writing. We will learn how to write good sentences that turn into great stories. We will learn about two different writing styles; persuasive and descriptive in a fun stress free environment. We will create our own pencils, and paper to create a journal that will hold some of our chosen pieces. We will also learn about different naturalist writers such as Robert Frost and John Muir. All Woodland Writers will need a 3 ring binder for this class. This group meets for 2 hours once a week, on Tuesdays.

4th-6th Woodland Writers

The Woodland Writers will gather in the woods to unplug from screens and technology, relax and explore in nature, while expressing ourselves through our writing. We will learn about the different writing styles; persuasive, narrative, expository, creative and descriptive in a fun stress free environment. We will create our own pencils, and paper to create a journal that will hold some of our chosen pieces. We will also learn about different naturalist writers such as Robert Frost and John Muir. All Woodland Writers will need a 3 ring binder for this class. This group meets for 4 hours once a week, on Thursdays.

1-2nd Grade Language/ Math Adventures

This four-hour class consists of approximately two hours of Language Arts instruction. Learners will have guided instructional time and participate in hands-on activities pertaining to phonics, grammar, poetry, journaling, comprehension strategies, and a read aloud. We then have a 30 minutes lunch/recess break. After lunch, we will focus on objectives of 1st/2nd grade mathematics. Learners will experience fun activities, utilize manipulatives, and engage in learning that requires critical thinking. We will represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction, focus on understanding place value, measure and estimate lengths in standard units. We will also work with time, money, data, and attributes of shapes. The opportunities in this class will instill a love of learning!


3rd-6th Ancient History Experiences

This two-hour group lesson will be an active history class covering ancient times from all over the world, with hands on exploration and group games and activities to bring the ancient world alive. This will not be your standard boring history class! We will do all kinds of things to make history interesting, fun, and applicable to us. Things might get messy, as history almost always is!


3rd-6th Humanities

This two-hour group lesson will cover Artists, Composers and plenty of hands-on games and fun to create art and explore various handicrafts such as Sloyd, origami, hand sewing and more. Some students may wish to acquire tools of the trade (needle, hoop) for continuing projects at home, though all needed for class work will be provided. This is a hands-on class geared for all learners and abilities.


3rd-6th STEM

This two-hour group lesson will cover a variety of science, Technology, Engineering and Math topics from Electricity, to Chemistry and more, using hands on projects with open ended exploration for kids to test, design and retest various STEM principles.


3rd-6th ELA Fun!

This two-hour group lesson will cover literature from around the world as well as basic writing and grammar and a weekly poetry 'tea time'. Students will need their own notebook for various assignments, though most activities will be group games or writing together. This is the perfect group for the reluctant writer and the learner who needs encouragement to pursue literature.

3rd-4th Grade Math

This four-hour class consists of approximately 2 hours of instruction and activities. We then have a 30 minute lunch/ recess break, and 1.5 hours of more activities. This class will be designed around the needs of the students and what concepts that need more attention. OPTIONAL Spectrum Math workbook for either grade 3 or 4 can be used for reinforcement (or another similar resource). Contents includes: Multiplying and dividing, fractions and decimals, measurement conversions, classifying geometric figures, and algebra preparation.


5th-6th Grade Math

This two-hour class will be filled with instruction and activities. This class will be designed around the needs of the students and what concepts that need more attention. OPTIONAL Spectrum Math workbook for either grade 5 or 6 can be used for reinforcement (or another similar resource). Content includes: decimals, fractions, operation with rational number, proportions and percentages.



7th-8th Grade Math (AKA Pre-Algebra)

This two-hour class will be filled with instruction and activities. This class will be designed around the needs of the students and what concepts that need more attention. OPTIONAL Spectrum Math workbook for either grade 7 or 8 can be used for reinforcement (or another similar resource). Contents includes: Positive and negative integers, ratios and proportions, algebraic equations and inequalities, geometric problem-solving, and probability and statistics.

6th-8th Chemistry Matters

This introductory Chemistry group meets on Tuesdays for 4 hours. We will have about 2 hours of science instruction and activities. We will then have a 30 minute lunch/recess break, and 1.5 hours of lab time. (Things might get messy!) We will be going over topics students will see in High School Chemistry, but all at a Middle School level. The goal is that when learners see the material again in high school, it will be familiar and they will confidently excel at Chemistry! Content includes: matter, chemical/physical changes, periodic table, atomic structure, balancing chemical reactions, and more.


Middle School STEAM Powered!

This class is geared toward 5th-8th grade learners. This four-hour class consists of approximately 2 hours of instruction and activities. We then have a 30 minute lunch/ recess break, and 1.5 hours of more activities. The focus of this class will be to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math skills in real-world and hands on applications. Contents include: Budgets, fractions and portions in baking, blue prints, etc.


Elementary STEAM Powered!

This class is geared toward 1st- 4th grade learners. This four-hour class consists of approximately 2 hours of instruction and activities. We then have a 30 minute lunch/ recess break, and 1.5 hours of more activities. The focus of this class will be to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math skills in real-world and hands on applications. Contents include: Budgets, fractions and portions in baking, blue prints, etc.


4th-6th Spanish Speakers (aka Learners)

This group lesson, which meets twice a week for two hours, is geared toward learners who are not familiar with the Spanish language but who want to learn to speak it. This class focuses on vocabulary, sentence formation, conversational Spanish and having fun using new words!


K-3rd Spanish Speakers (aka Learners)

This group lesson, meeting twice a week for two hours each time, is geared toward learners who are not familiar with the Spanish language but who want to learn to speak it. This class focuses on vocabulary, sentence formation, conversational Spanish and having fun using new words! We will incorporate movement, hands-on activities, music and culture to help students develop their Spanish skills.


Elementary Spanish Speakers (Tuesday WAITLIST ONLY!)

This group lesson, meeting ONCE OR TWICE a week for two hours each time, is geared toward learners who are not familiar with the Spanish language but who want to learn to speak it. This class focuses on vocabulary, sentence formation, conversational Spanish and having fun using new words! We will incorporate movement, hands-on activities, music and culture to help students develop their Spanish skills. Ages Kindergarten through Fifth Grade are welcome to this fun and interactive class!


Elementary Art

This group, which meets twice a week for two hours each time, will focus on art expression and fundamentals. We will learn about painting, drawing, dimensions, lining, shades, light, and texture, learning to bring their imaginations to reality. They will also learn about some of the brilliant artists of the world and mimic their work in their own unique style. They will begin to see art as a subject and they will learn to express themselves in unimaginable ways.

Tuesday Elementary Science/ American History

This four-hour class consists of approximately 2 hours of science instruction and activities. We then have a 30 minute lunch/ recess break, and 1.5 hours of American History! This class is very student-oriented and we focus on student interests along the way. Content includes: Cellular structure and function, human body systems, energy, solar system and ecology. American History will include early 1700s- World War II.

Middle School Science/ American History (Thursday)

This four-hour class consists of approximately 2 hours of science instruction and activities. We then have a 30 minute lunch/ recess break, and 1.5 hours of American History! This class is very student-oriented and we focus on student interests along the way. Content includes: Cellular structure and function, human body systems, energy, solar system and ecology. American History will include early 1700s- World War II.