2022-2023 Course Catalog
“Exploration is curiosity put into action.”
- Don Walsh.
Pricing for the 2022/2023 year will be $1,100 per full day or $1,800 for both days.
Individual Classes are $320 each except for Theater, Engineering and Science which are $350.
Art: Get messy and get creative in our art studio! We teach a variety of mediums such as clay, watercolors, acrylics, and colored pencils as they learn the basics of shading, color theory, and basic drawing. At the end of the term, students will enter their best work into our Student Gallery Walk and get to experience the thrill of seeing their pieces on display.
Backstage Design: As one of our young learners put it, “Stage crew is the backbone of the theater!” Students will have authentic opportunities to learn the practical side of putting on a show.
Book Club for Littles: Students will explore stories through read-alouds, movement, comparing movie versions, coloring, and discussing the books.
Coding: A vital 21st century skill! Every student should learn the basics of coding, and this is a gentle place to begin. One of the most important coding skills is to break a big task into smaller actionable steps. Kids learn and practice programming in many daily life activities and hands-on games as they begin thinking like a coder.
Draw Write Now (DWN): Is it an art class, a writing class, or a reading class? It’s all three! Students practice handwriting and copywork, and learn step-by-step drawing techniques that make their stories come to life.
Engineering: Children are natural engineers—expand on their natural curiosity with hands-on and engaging projects. Students will follow the engineering design process of imagine, research, plan, create, test, and improve as they complete challenges. Our class has a focus on open-ended engineering design challenges. Children learn social skills like empathy as they design for clients and they work on critique and collaboration skills with other students. We strive to design activities that allow students to work independently and in teams.
Entrepreneurship/Personal Finance: It is never too early to educate young children in the process of designing, launching and running a new business. Young entrepreneurs will start a business in a safe and nurturing environment. They will begin with the brainstorming process, learn how to do a needs analysis and feasibility studies, learn to write a business plan, then put their idea into motion. Taught by an experienced local entrepreneur, with additional wisdom from visiting local business owners.
Graphic Design: One of our most valuable and practical classes! Graphic design is a project-based course where students will become content creators, not consumers. At the end of the course students will have designed the artwork and marketing materials for the youth shows--a real-world opportunity to be a professional designer! Your student will love the feeling of seeing their artwork on t-shirts, flyers, posters, and social media promotions.
Lego Building: We have the legos and the challenges, students bring the creativity and persistence! Lego is an amazing way for students to practice resilience and collaboration while having fun. At the end of the course, students will have created their own imaginative lego community, then will bring it to life with stop-motion video.
Literature/Book Club: Historical fiction focus (exploration!) Older students will explore great historical literature then read, analyze, and discuss wonderful books with their peers. This course will encourage readers to discover new books, share stories, explore important topics, and have some bookish fun! From book-themed activities to debates, to creative writing and historical research, your student will find plenty of inspiration for stimulating conversations and an expanded world view.
Makerspace: Time to unleash some creativity! In our fully stocked makerspace, students will have the freedom to build, design and create using a wide variety of materials. They’ll have so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re learning science, technology, engineering, math, art and literacy concepts. Kids are meant to learn through play.
Math Games: Help students develop a lifelong love of numbers with our engaging and exciting math games. Learning through play removes the scary from math and helps students make vital connections to the way numbers work.
Math Concepts: We’ll take math off the pages of a workbook and make it real. This hands-on project course will give older students a way to connect math concepts with practical challenges. No more “How will I ever use this in life” complaints once students experience all the ways math makes a difference.
Nature Science: A gentle approach to science that allows students time to hone their powers of observation. There is nothing more engaging and fascinating than animals and their amazing adaptations, so come learn all about the wonders of nature! Explore the different biomes of the world and fill your nature journal with the exciting animals of each region. This course will also incorporate math skills like reading graphs and interpreting data.
Reading Skills: Your student will have a blast while strengthening their decoding skills and phonics knowledge. Reading comes alive for students as they play spelling games, and complete reading challenges. Let us supplement the instruction they are already getting and reinforce learning in a fun and playful way.
Science: Let us handle all those messy science experiments—we’ve got you! Hands-on learning is the best way to experience science. From chemical reactions to Newton’s Law—your budding scientists will love making and testing hypotheses.
Spanish: Hola! The focus of this interactive Spanish class is beginning conversation, taught through role-playing and (of course) lots of music. Younger students will do more songs and nursery rhymes, older students practice conversational skills and learn basic grammar. Following our theme of Explore!, we recognize how learning a language is the ultimate exploration in learning about other cultures and world societies!
Storytelling (World Cultures and Social Studies): Humans connect with stories—in this exciting class students learn how to tell a gripping and powerful tale. Explore the cultures of the world through their stories and fables, and come to understand the human experience better. Learners will learn a fable from multiple sources, then have one-on-one coaching as they work on their performance. Students will share their stories at our Storytelling Festival at the Ziegfeld Theater.
Theater: Come experience Zig Youth at our best! Students get the opportunity to act in Elf Jr, Night at the Wax Museum, and The Enchanted Bookshop. Required attendance on BOTH days for theater classes (Tuesday and Wednesday). Our kid’s shows are taught by dedicated professionals and treated with the same care and attention as our main stage shows. Costumes are provided and students will get to perform on the Ziegfeld Theater stage. Students will need to provide dance shoes and personal underclothing (like Spanx or dance shorts).
Written Word: We know how difficult it can be to motivate children to write–let us supplement your home instruction with our writing class for young learners. Students will practice the mechanics of writing, learn how to write silly stories, play games with parts of speech, and come away with a whole written children’s book of their very own making. Bonus–they will get to practice their typing skills (but handwriting is always an option too)!