Crime Scene Investigations: Forensics Lab

Spring 2014
11:00 – 12:00
ages 10+

Learn what it’s like to be an actual forensic scientist, by conducting scientific tests to solve real crimes, like murder, attempted kidnapping, graveyard vandalism, and victim identification. Analyze lipstick, blood and bones in the lab, and examine sites like an archaeological dig to analyze clues. If you love science and mysteries, you’ll find a healthy dose of both in this study group.

Designed for children ages 10 and up and/or who can:

  • listen quietly and discuss the information presented
  • follow directions
  • work in a pair or a small group
  • understand and make connections based on the scientific and biological concepts

Materials fee = approximately $15 per child to be paid directly to the instructor in CASH on the first day of the session

 

LACI Hogwarts

Spring 2014
11:00 – 12:00
ages 8+

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry doesn’t hold a candle to LACI Hogwarts … though we will learn some of the same things. Be prepared to learn about charms and levitation, how to make potions, the study of ancient runes, herbology and astronomy, and of course, caring for your magical creatures, all classes offered at Hogwarts. By the end of this study group, you might even know more than Harry Potter!

Designed for children ages 8 and up and/or who can:

  • listen quietly and discuss the information presented
  • use age-appropriate motor control to construct the projects presented
  • follow directions
  • work in a pair or a small group
  • enjoy different areas of study: math, several different sciences, and more
  • read and write to research and create their own projects
  • understand and make connections based on the literary concepts

Materials fee = approximately $15 per child to be paid directly to the instructor in CASH on the first day of the session

Create Your Own Natural History Museum

Spring 2014
11:00 – 12:00
ages 5+, 8+, 10+

This study group will work for all ages because it is formatted to be a workshop. Everyone will be working on their own projects with the guidance and mentorship of the instructors. When whole-class material is presented, there will be two age groups.

All it takes to make a museum of natural history is four departments: zoology, botany, geology and anthropology. Zoology is the study of animals and animal life, while anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. Geology is the study of the earth and rocks, and botany is the study of plant life. We’ll learn more about these four branches of the natural sciences and then choose unique ways to represent them in our own – portable! – natural history museums.

Designed for children who can:

  • listen quietly and discuss the information presented
  • use age-appropriate motor control to construct the projects presented
  • follow directions
  • work in a pair or a small group
  • understand and make connections based on the theories presented
  • self-direct themselves to some extent … take off with a project with guidance and make decisions about what they want to learn and create

Materials fee = approximately $15 per child to be paid directly to the instructor in CASH on the first day of the session

Field Trip to Tower Hill Botanical Garden on December 10

You’re invited to join LACI Homeschoolers’ Association on a field trip on Tuesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to:

Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, MA
$7 per child ($8.50 for non-members); 1 adult per family is free
A nature hike and discussion connected to their Holly Days’ theme, “Woodland Magic,” will be offered. We’ll then eat lunch together (BYO) in the Orangerie and do a scavenger hunt. Please register by December 5.

To register: Send an email to LACI@LACIhomeschool.org and we’ll send you the address where you can mail the check. Please enclose a note including:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your children’s names and ages
  • A check for the full amount your family owes for the trip (see rates above).

Field Trip to the Gallery of African Art on December 3

You’re invited to join LACI Homeschoolers’ Association on a field trip on Tuesday, December 3, 11:00 a.m. to:

Gallery of African Art in Clinton, MA
A tour, drumming class and art class will be offered for $10 per child ($12.00 for non-members). Adults are free.
An optional lunch for $7.00 per person at the Zaytoon Restaurant next door offers a small appetizer, wrap of your choice and a drink. Kids’ meals are $3.99.

To register: Send an email to LACI@LACIhomeschool.org and we’ll send you the address where you can mail the check. Please enclose a note including:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your children’s names and ages
  • A check for the full amount your family owes for the trip (see rates above) to the gallery. Lunch will be paid for the day of the trip.

Fancy Field Guides: Botanical Studies, Calligraphy and More

Winter 2014
1:00 – 2:00
ages 10+

This study group combines learning how to draw botanicals (trees, flowers, herbs, plants) with a little bit of everything: the history of field guides, the specifics of detailed botanical drawings, a little Latin and of course calligraphy.

We’ll explore watercolor painting, black and white drawing, concepts of shading, using color to showcase details and other art techniques. Lessons on specific historical styles of calligraphy will be included in this study group, as well as biographical information about field guide pioneers.

At the end of the 8-week session, each participant will have designed and created their own version of a historically-styled field guide, with calligraphic labeling, Latin names and useful descriptions. One kid’s focus may be on garden flowers, another on medicinal herbs or maybe even poisonous rainforest plants. There’s plenty of room for individualization and creativity!

Designed for children ages 10 and up and/or who can:

  • listen quietly and discuss the information presented
  • follow directions
  • work independently
  • use the necessary focus and patience to explore detailed artwork and calligraphy
  • work in a pair or a small group
  • understand and make connections based on the scientific, historical and artistic concepts

Materials fee = approximately $10 per child to be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the session

December Mini-Session Field Trips

For our mini-session, we’ll be planning three programs at three separate museums especially for LACI Homeschoolers’ Association. Dates and times to be announced very soon! If you know you definitely want to go on one or more of the field trips, please let us know as soon as possible, since we do have to meet minimums and some of the costs are determined by the amount of participants, even though it’s a flat fee that we pay.

One trip will be to Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA, for a nature hike and discussion connected to their Holly Days’ theme, “Woodland Magic.” We’ll then eat lunch together in the Orangerie and do a scavenger hunt. Cost will be $7 per child; adults are free.

Another trip we’re working on will be either to the Danforth Museum of Art for a tour and a workshop, or to Fruitlands Museum. Details still being hammered out as we look to find the best bang for your buck!

A third trip we are hoping to put together is to the Gallery of African Art in Clinton, MA. We’re waiting for our contact to get back to us, but we’re hoping for a music and art workshop as well as a tour of the gallery.