Ecotopia Learning Center/Thrive Homeschool Learning Center
Courses for Fall Dates TBA following Thrive Schedule
Our first class in the fall of 2018 will be an investigation of how things work. We'll use David McCauley's How Things Work as a reference and present a number of activities involving interdisciplinary inquiry. Our tentative list of things to investigate include Rube Goldberg gizmos, Legos, stethoscopes, geodesic domes, paper airplanes and kites, milk made from plastic, eggshell strength, musical instruments, frisbees, robots (including a robot toothbrush), mummification (with a hot dog), leaf colors, rockets, optical illusions, and Jell-O. Each class will include hands-on and take-home projects. We will also include reading and writing (adjusted to age and skill level), art works and projects, and history as kids learn about WHAT MAKES THINGS TICK.
Timed to coincide with the holiday season, this class will focus on one of our longstanding beliefs: that writing is a “gift” for people to develop and that writers can “gift” their writing to others: families, friends, relatives, pals, what we call “the joys of writing and giving.” Among the projects we'll include are making and taking home: stationery, postcards, a family tree, greeting cards, collages, fortune cookies, scrolls, and different kinds of books featuring kids' creative writing and art. All projects are adjusted the the children's reading, writing, and artistic skills, with lots of adult support. as our students create GIFTS OF WRITING.