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

Game Theory and Design

Winter 2014
1:00 – 2:30
ages 8+

Do you like to play games on a rainy afternoon? Ever wish you could design your own, but you don’t know where to start? The Game Theory and Design study group will cover many aspects of game design so you can develop your own game. We’ll discuss things such as types of games, strategy, game mechanics, game logic, player interaction, and pacing. We’ll play example games along the way and analyze their design. By the end of our group session, you’ll have your own game that you will have the opportunity to play-test with your friends at LACI.

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
  • understand and make connections based on the theories presented
  • read and understand game directions
  • have the focus and stamina to play sample and test games
  • critique the games and strategies presented

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

Prowling the Planet

Winter 2014
1:00 – 2:00
ages 6+

This workshop will take a close look at big cats around the globe, like lions, tigers, leopards, panthers and more, studying their traits and their habitats. We’ll look at which big cats are endangered and why, and look into organizations that are helping them, and how we can help too.

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 geographical and animal study concepts

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

Here’s Looking at … Eyes

Winter 2014
11:00 – 12:00
ages 10+

If you have pets, you know that a cat’s eye and a dog’s eye look very different. Why? Do they see the world differently? Do their eyes serve different purposes? What about human eyes?

This study group will explore the mysteries of sight and how different animals (and humans) view the world. Through animal eyes, topics explored may include but are not limited to night vision, echo-location, studying insect eyes, and more. Human eye studies will help us learn more about some of the reasons we need glasses (astigmatism, near-sighted, far-sighted, etc.). Connections could be made to Leonardo Da Vinci’s studies of the human eye and a model of the human eye may be built.

A live eye dissection will be a part of 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 $10 per child to be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the session

LACI’s Camp Half-Blood

Winter 2014
11:00 – 12:00
ages 8+

One of the really cool things about the Percy Jackson books is that we not only get to know the Greek gods and goddesses, but we get to see how their gifts shine through in their children. Hephestus’ children are great at crafting things, especially out of metal. Athena’s children are wise and heroic, and so on.

In LACI’s version of Camp Half-Blood, we’ll learn about some of the gods and goddesses who have children at Camp Half-Blood, and we’ll do activities and projects based on their attributes. One week, we may create an homage to Demeter by planting a mini harvest garden, the next week we’ll make fashionable wearables that would make Aphrodite proud. Metalworking, sculpture, cartography, woodworking and maybe even some archery may be included in our activities.

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
  • understand and make connections based on the literary and historical concepts

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

Lego Math for ages 5+

Winter 2014
11:00 – 12:00
ages 8+

Who doesn’t love Legos? Believe it or not, they are good for more than just building things. In this study group, we’ll use Legos to explore mathematical concepts like patterns, estimating, skip counting, sorting, fractions, sequencing and measurement.

Designed for children ages 5 and up and/or who can:

  • count to 20 and above, and are ready to explore counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • use their basic number sense to make connections to new learning
  • follow directions
  • listen quietly and discuss respectfully
  • work in pairs or in a small group

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

Cooking for Seasonal Fun

December 2013 mini-session
1:00 – 2:00
ages 6+

Science, math, literacy and taste-testing all in one hour of fun! In this study group, we’ll experiment with ingredients, learn where our food comes from, try some new things and enjoy some favorites. Focus will be on seasonal fun foods, and organic and local options will be used when available.

Designed for children who can:

  • listen quietly and participate in a discussion
  • follow directions
  • work in a pair or a small group

Materials fee = approximately $8 per child to be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the session