Summer 2014 Programming

Read on for park days, workshops and other fun meet-ups that the LACI gang is planning for this summer. Let us know if you’d like to join us!

June:

Tuesday, 6/10: Dean Park picnic and play, 11:00 at the North Pavilion
Meet at the North Pavilion (map of Dean Park) and bring balls, hoola-hoops or any other outdoor toys and games that your kids enjoy. Oh, and your lunch, too.

Tuesday, 6/24: Pond Analysis Workshop, 1:30 – 3:30
Dean Park Pond, Shrewsbury (park in Parking Lot #1 http://www.shrewsbury-ma.gov/egov/docs/1228942835_834503.pdf, walk up the left side of the pond to the little white rectangle which is a groundskeeper’s building. We’ll be on the other side of that.)

members: $12 per child or $30 family (parents are free)
non-members: $17 per child or $40 family (parents are free)
Members are families that were registered for the spring 2014 session, or are registered for the fall 2014 session.
All ages welcome; there will be different activities to satisfy kids from preschool to teens
*This is not intended to be a drop-off program, but if you have children older than 8 years and you’d like that option, please contact us.*

Join us for a ponding adventure as we explore the wilds of Dean Park Pond! We’ll be discovering the ecosystem(s) of a thriving wetland environment while we collect water samples, critters and more. Plant and critter identification, examining water under microscopes and learning about protzoa and other microscopic organisms that live in water are just a few of the fun activities in store for us. We’ll also make our own water scopes, sketch and label our finds in our ponding journals, photograph specimens and wildlife, and leave with a bunch of home extension activities to continue your pond studies.

Plan to arrive around 1:20; we’ll be leaving for our tour around the pond at 1:30 and it might be hard to find us. 🙂

Please bring:
– puddle boots for the adventurers
– digital camera
– a bucket, yogurt container, jar or something to put samples in. We’ll have some collection jars with air holes and magnifiers to share but a bunch of different sizes will be nice to have.
– a half-gallon cardboard OJ or milk container (please bring extras if you have them because some people … like me … may not have these)
– chairs / blankets to sit on

To register:

– Send an email to LACI@LACIhomeschool.org with:
– Your name, address, email and phone number (you can leave out the contact info if we already have it on file)
– Children’s names and ages

– PayPal your registration fee to LACI@LACIhomeschool.org OR
– Send a check payable to “LACI Homeschoolers’ Association” to:
Debbie McDuffee
67 Oak Ave.
Northborough, MA 01532
ATTN: LACI

July:

Tuesday, July 8: Dean Park picnic and play, 11:00 at the North Pavilion

 August:

Tuesday, 8/5: Dean Park picnic and play, 11:00 at the North Pavilion
Meet at the North Pavilion (map of Dean Park) and bring balls, hoola-hoops or any other outdoor toys and games that your kids enjoy. Oh, and your lunch, too.

Thursday, 8/21: Fruitlands picnic and play, noon
Meet at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA (everyone just pays their own way) for picnic, hikes, exploration and more.

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Cooking Along the Silk Road

Spring 2014
1:00 – 2:00
ages 8+, 10+

This study group may run later than 2:00 on the cooking days.

Travel the historical Silk Road through cooking and hands-on projects as we learn about the exchange of goods, ideas and foods between the regions along the Silk Road. When we study China, we’ll make steamed dumplings. India brings us to some exotic spices, and we’ll make our own curry spice mix and cook up a vegetable curry. When we discuss the contributions of Rome, we’ll make hand-rolled pasta and gremolata (the recipes may change, but this gives you an idea of what to expect). You’ll get a chance to role-play and trade for the ingredients to make rice pudding. Other hands-on projects and explorations of the history and importance of the Silk Road will be included as well.

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

  • listen quietly and discuss the information presented
  • follow multi-step directions
  • use appropriate kitchen safety
  • work in a pair or a small group
  • understand and make connections based on the historical concepts

Materials fee = approximately $20 per child to be paid directly to the instructor in CASH on the first day of the session

 

Probability Carnival

Spring 2014
1:00 – 2:00
ages 8+

Did you ever wonder how carnival games work? What is it about dice and spinner games that people find so fascinating … dare I say addicting? It all has to do with probability, or the chances you have of winning or losing a particular round or game. We’ll investigate probability by playing some games to learn about how probability works. Then, we’ll create some games for everyone to try out as we host a Probability Carnival on the last day of the session during the 2:00 – 3:00 hour.

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
  • play games respectfully with a partner or small group
  • understand and make connections based on the mathematical concepts
  • apply what is learned to create their own game

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

 

Skeleton Detectives

Spring 2014
1:00 – 2:00
ages 6-9

What do skeletons tell us about their owners? We’ll become archaeologists as we discover and piece together human, animal and bird bones. We’ll solve mysteries like: How do the skeletons differ? How are they alike? How have the creatures’ skeletons adapted to their environments and their species’ needs? Bones tell us more than you might think! This study group will culminate in the dissection of owl pellets, where we’ll get to reconstruct and identify whatever critter the owl ate.

Designed for children ages 6 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
  • understand and make connections based on the scientific concepts

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

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