SUMMER 2022

In-person Classes and Camps

All in-person programs take place at our new Bowie-Laurel location, near the interchange of routes 197 & 295. 

COVID precautions: We have access to an awesome playground that we will utilize. Our windows open for fresh air when we need to be inside. We have medical grade air purifiers and sinks in every room for easy hand-washing.

 

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Spanish Club Camp
Ages7-13

Join our in-person Spanish Club! Interactive, creative fun to teach you Spanish or deepen your Spanish skills. Our multi-aged group means all of your students can join at the same time. Play games, make crafts, and more fun activities structured to increase your child's Spanish fluency regardless of their baseline level. Great for kids who attend Spanish Immersion school, kids whose parents are native speakers and wish their kids would speak more Spanish and kids whose parents don't speak Spanish at all and want their kids to learn in a natural, fun way that includes them.

August 1st - 5th, 9:30am - 1:30pm EST

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Young Artists
Ages 4-6

Minimum Required Skills

* ability to cut different shapes out of paper with scissors

*  ability to hold pen/ crayon/ marker/ paint brush

Recommended age range: 4-6

 

Travel the world through art! In this class we will be exploring different cultures and histories through their artistic works! In this class we will study the important arts within each culture and then together we will create works of art from around the world!

August 1st - 5th, 9:30am - 1:30pm EST  &/or August 8th-12th, 9:30am-1:30pm

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Make-up & Fashion camp
Ages 8-13

If your child loves fashion and is curious about makeup, this class is for them! Topics are customized to the students who are enrolled in each section and potentially include: skin, hair and nail care, choosing colors that enhance one's unique complexion, natural makeup strategies, dramatic makeup strategies, theatrical makeup strategies, choosing clothes that enahnce one's self-expression, fashion and makeup trends and products and more. Some materials will be provided and some materials will be requested to be provided by parents between classes with attention to limited budgets.

August 8th-12th, 2:00am-4:30pm

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Bridge Camp July
Ages 6-10

Does your child need to get outside and play but also needs to catch up on missed learning or to bridge the gap between where last school year left off and next school year will pick up? Bridge Camp is for you!

This 1/2 day camp will get your kids moving, creating and having fun while also slipping them some secret learning! Exact activities will be based on the interests of the kids in attendance and might include art, sports, games, theater, inventing, building, puzzles and more.

 

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz and other co-teachers TBA

9:00am - 1:00pm M-F.  Week 1: July 26th-July 30th. 

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Bridge Camp August
Ages 6-10

Does your child need to get outside and play but also needs to catch up on missed learning or to bridge the gap between where last school year left off and next school year will pick up? Bridge Camp is for you!

This 1/2 day camp will get your kids moving, creating and having fun while also slipping them some secret learning! Exact activities will be based on the interests of the kids in attendance and might include art, sports, games, theater, inventing, building, puzzles and more.

 

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz and other co-teachers TBA

9:00am - 1:00pm M-F.  Week 2: August 15th- August 19th

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Performing Arts Camp
Ages 8-12

Does your child love pretending? Are they always dressing up, acting out a story, and/or dancing and singing? This camp is for you!

We will learn basic theater skills by playing games, making up collaborative stories, acting out scripts, and more. The exact activities will be tailored to the interests of the campers in attendance.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz and other co-teachers TBA

9:00-1:00pm M-F , July 11th- July 15th

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SuperHeroes Role Playing Games Class
Ages10-12

Does your child love SuperHeroes? Do they love playing out pretend scenarios with SuperHeroes based characters, settings, themes and storylines? Whether they love Marvel, DC or both, this class is for them!

Based on well-known role playing games, this class gives each player the opportunity to choose their own character, powers, and equipment. Then a game leader takes them on a SuperHeroes journey where they make choices of what their character does along the way.

This game naturally embeds math skills, writing skills, story elements and soft skills like listening, following directions, having patience with others, setting and respecting personal boundaries.

Meets Saturday mornings 10:30-12:00

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Star Wars Role Playing Games Class
Ages10-12

Does your child love everything Star Wars? Do they love playing out pretend scenarios with Star Wars based characters, settings, themes and storylines? This class is for them!

Based on well-known role playing games, this class gives each player the opportunity to choose their own character, skills, and equipment. Then a game leader takes them on a Star Wars based journey where they make choices of what their character does along the way.

This game naturally embeds math skills, writing skills, story elements and soft skills like listening, following directions, having patience with others, setting and respecting personal boundaries.

Meets Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:30pm

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Art Spark Camp
Ages 5-8

This summer, ignite your child's creative side. Stay ahead of the learning curve and build a solid foundation by learning through creative expression, color, visuals and words. Create using all kinds of techniques, including painting, drawing, sculpting and more.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz and other co-teachers TBA

9:00-1:00pm M-F , July 18th- July 22nd

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Dungeon Master Basics Class
Ages 13-adult

Always wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons with your friends, but have no one to run it? This class focuses on the essentials of running a successful Dungeons & Dragons (or similar RPG) game. Including preparation skills, table management, and rules knowledge. Each session includes an hour of actual play time, to refine skills and two hours of activities and instruction. Perfect to help students looking to learn public speaking, english composition, and math skills. Classes are 3 hours long, and require no prior experience with the game. 


Led by Dungeon Master Jeff Merrill

Saturdays 1:00-4:00pm, July 2nd-July 23rd

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Fundamentals of Game Design Class
Ages 15-adult

Looking to write your own RPG, or adventure module? This class focuses on the methods and standards used to refine and publish your own game, or expansion content for other games. Including rules knowledge, basic storytelling structure, editing and formatting techniques. Each session includes an hour of actual play time, to test and refine your game and two hours of activities and instruction. Perfect to help students looking to learn english composition, and math skills. Classes are 3 hours long.

 

Recommended for ages 15- adult


Led by Dungeon Master Jeff Merrill

Saturdays 1:00-4:00pm, July 30th-August 20th

 
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Online Camps and Classes 

 
Painting

Young Artists

Ages 4-6

Travel the world through art! In this class we will be exploring different cultures and histories through their artistic works! In this class we will study the important arts within each culture and then together we will create works of art from around the world! 

Thursdays from 1:00-1:45pm EST

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Disney Musicals

Ages 8-12

Disney lovers!

 

Each week we will focus on a different Disney musical, learning scenes, songs, and dances! We will talk about how your favorite movies made the transition to the stage, as well as learn basic musical theatre skills. No prior theatre experience needed!

Mondays from 10:30-12:00pm EST

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Awakened Heart
Designs

ADULTS

Awakened Heart Designs Contemplative Art

 

Are you looking for an adult activity that will help you de-stress, gain clarity in your goals, reduce physical or emotional pain, find your passion or deal with intrusive thoughts?

Awakened Hearts Designs class is for you!

Join us for 8 weeks of themed classes where you might make a mandala, paint a wine glass or a postcard, make a vision vase or create self-body-state art. Each class will include a contemplative art activity. A brief overview of contemplative art will be provided at the beginning of each class. All classes meet via Zoom.

Thursdays from 8:00-9:15pm EST

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Art & Storytime

Ages 5-10

Even older kids love stories- just not baby stories! 
Popular stories, fun facts, making art, show and tell and more fun and interactive activities will keep your child engaged, and creating! 
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Perfect for just after lunch to digest before they go back outside to run around! 
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Wednesdays from 1:00-1:45pm EST

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Teen Drama

Ages 13-18

Each week will be learning different theatre skills: Shakespeare, audition prep, musical theatre, and scene work are all going to be covered! Students will leave the camp with a broader and deeper understanding of all aspects of theatre performance. No prior theatre experience necessary!

Mondays from 1:30-3:00pm EST

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KidsRPG

Ages 7-10

Little adventurers, welcome! The world is full of brave heroes, and you seem like the perfect person to help out. Join in on solving mysteries and stopping bad guys ruining everyone’s day. Based on D&D 5e, enjoy a simplified version for ease of learning where we can focus on fun and magic!
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Mondays from 6:30-8:00pm EST

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D&D
(Math Skills)

Ages 10-14

Finally a Dungeons & Dragons Club lead by teachers who can help your student sort through some of the academic skills that the game inherently practices! Each Dungeon Master has an area of expertise that will allow them to gently integrate learning into game play. Game sessions last 2 hours at a time for 6 weeks. Every 6-week session will start a new game. 

Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00pm EST

 
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Japanese
Absolute Beginner

Ages 8-12

No experience needed!


Students will learn to speak, understand, read and write Japanese. Material may include introducing oneself, asking about personal information, numbers up to 9,999 and asking about prices. Students will learn to read and write in Romaji and Hiragana.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz

Tuesdays 6:00-6:55pm EST

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Katakana Keeper

Ages 8-18

Minimum Required Skills 
Ability to read and write Romaji and Hiragana


This writing supplement is the perfect thing for students who need more instructional guidance to learn to recognize and write the Katakana alphabet fluently. We will spend time comparing the characters to the hiragana. Then we will put it in context, writing and reading words that include it with some real world application practice.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz

Wednesdays 4:00-4:55pm EST

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Japanese
Intermediate Part 2

Ages 8-12

For anyone who has taken Intermediate Part 1 Japanese.

OR

  • Minimum Required Skills

  • * Read and write using Hiragana

  • * Have some experience with Katakana

  • * Be able to make, read and write in kanji numbers up to 9,999

  • * Understand how to use the counters for age, money, months, days of the month, and time

  • * Know how to ask basic information seeking questions and yes/no questions for like/dislike, wellness, dates, days of the week, times, and adverbs 

  • * Change verbs between the infinitive (~u form) and the neutral (~masu form) in the unfinished tense 

  • * Change verbs into the ~tai forms and ~mashyou form 

  • * Use describing words in the affirmative and negative 

  • * Use entry level kanji for natural objects (tree, moon, sun, mountain, etc)  

This section will likely include talking about relationships and describing people.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz

Wednesdays 3:00-3:55pm EST

Cherry Blossom

Japanese
Advanced Intermediate Part 2

For anyone who has taken Advanced Intermediate

Minimum required skills: 

  • ability to read and write in hiragana 

  • familiarity with katakana * basic kanji 

  •  knowledge of 'u' form and 'masu' form in unfinished and finish tense 

  • numbers to 100,000,000 

  • basic understaning of the use of counters 

  • knowledge of how to make and answer basic information seeking and yes/no questions 

  • understanding of how describing words work  

  • vocabulary including colors, foods, family members, every day usage verbs 

  • vocabulary for 'too much', 'all the way', 'try' *how to express every.../no..../some.../any... 

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This level will focus on generating self-motivated speech in Japanese. We will use storytelling techniques, will exchange emails and perhaps even snail mail letters, and will start discussing our past, habitual and breaking news life events. Some advanced  grammar will be embedded as will some new vocabulary and new kanji.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz

Thursdays 7:00-7:55pm EST

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Japanese
Absolute Beginner Teens

Ages 13-18

No experience needed!


Students will learn to speak, understand, read and write Japanese. Material may include introducing oneself, asking about personal information, numbers up to 9,999 and asking about prices. Students will learn to read and write in Romaji and Hiragana.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz

Tuesdays 7:00-7:55pm EST

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Japanese
Advanced Beginner Teens

Ages 11-18

Minimum Required Skills -

  •  ability to read and write in hiragana

  •  familiarity with katakana

  •  numbers to 9,999

  •  knowledge of how to make and answer basic information seeking and yes/no questions

This level will focus on learning entry level kanji, and how to talk about dates, times and activities.

Instructor TBA

Wednesdays 4:00-4:55pm EST

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Japanese
Intermediate Part 3

Ages 12-18

For anyone who has taken Intermediate Part 2 Japanese.

OR

Minimum Required Skills

  • working knowledge of hiragana, katakana and

  • kanji for numbers, days of the week, dates, money, simple objects such as book, field, mountain, woman, person, man, child and family relationships

  •  able to ask and answer questions using 'desu', and 'masu' verb forms

  • use numbers up to 9,999,

  • describing words such as colors and sizes

  • in-group/out-group family relationships.

This section will likely include talking about activities, what people are doing, asking them to do something, invitations and more.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz

Tuesdays 4:00-4:55pm EST

Cherry Blossom

Japanese
Advanced Intermediate Part 4

For anyone who has taken Advanced Intermediate Part 3 

This class is the next level up from Advanced Intermediate Part 3. 
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Minimum required skills:  
* ability to read and write in hiragana  
* familiarity with katakana  
* basic kanji  
* knowledge of 'u' form and 'masu' form in unfinished and finished tense  
* numbers to 100,000,000  
* basic understanding of the use of counters  
* knowledge of how to make and answer basic information seeking and yes/no questions  
* understanding of how describing words work  
* vocabulary including colors, foods, family members, every day usage verbs  
* vocabulary for 'too much', 'all the way', 'try'  
* ability to express every.../no..../some.../any...  
* ability to express decision making and acting on someone or something else  
* ability to use shiru and wakaru appropriately  
* knowledge of the ~nagara form and potential form  
* knowledge of body parts and expressing injury or sickness 
* ability to use causative verbs  
* use giving and receiving verbs 
* language for asking and giving advice

This level will focus on generating self-motivated speech in Japanese. We will use storytelling techniques, and will start discussing our past, habitual and breaking news life events. Some advanced grammar will be embedded as will some new vocabulary and new kanji.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz

Thursdays 4:00-4:55pm EST

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Japanese
Hiragana Help

Ages 8-18

No experience needed!

Minimum Required Skills 
None 


This writing supplement is the perfect thing for students who need more instructional guidance to learn to recognize and write the Hiragana alphabet fluently. We will spend time looking at each character, how it is written and how it sounds. Then we will put it in context, writing and reading word that include it.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz

Wednesdays 4:00-4:55pm EST

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Japanese
Intermediate Part 1

Ages 8-12

For anyone who has taken Advanced Beginner Japanese.

OR

  • Read and write using Hiragana 

  • Have some experience with Katakana 

  • Be able to make, read and write in kanji numbers up to 9,999 

  • Understand how to use the counters for age, money, months, days of the month, and time 

  • Know how to ask basic information seeking questions and yes/no questions for like/dislike, wellness, dates, days of the week, times, and adverbs 

  • Change verbs between the infinitive (~u form) and the neutral (~masu form) in the unfinished tense 

Students will learn additional basic kanji, how to use describing words, new vocabulary for things and verbs and more.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz

Wednesdays 6:00-6:55pm EST

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Japanese
Intermediate Part 5

Ages 10-18

For anyone who has taken Intermediate Full 2nd Year Japanese or Intermediate Part 4.

OR

- Working knowledge of hiragana & katakana

- Can use kanji for numbers, days of the week, dates, money, simple objects, prepositions, verbs and family relationships

- Can ask and answer questions using 'desu',  'masu', 'tai', 'u/nai', and 'te' verb forms.

- Can use numbers up to 999,999,999.

- Can use describing words such as colors and sizes

- Can use in-group/out-group family relationships

- Can use prepositions and give directions

- Can talk about where, who, how and when

- Can use counters

The exact content will be determined by what the enrolled students have studied but will likely include directions, relative locations and more. The focus of this class is to start the transition to expressing one's own thoughts. We will add vocabulary and kanji as we venture into talking about more student driven topics.

Taught by: Meredith Kaunitz

Wednesdays

6:00-6:55pm EST

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Japanese
Advanced 

This class is the next level up from Advanced Intermediate Part 4. 
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Minimum required skills: 
* ability to read and write in hiragana 
* familiarity with katakana 
* basic kanji 
* knowledge of 'u' form and 'masu' form in unfinished and finished tense, conditionals, potentials and transitive-intransitive verbs 
* numbers to 100,000,000 
* basic understanding of the use of counters 
* knowledge of how to make and answer basic information seeking and yes/no questions 
* understanding of how describing words work 
* vocabulary including colors, foods, family members, every day usage verbs 
* vocabulary for 'too much', 'all the way', 'try' 
* ability to express every.../no..../some.../any... 
* ability to express decision making, acting on someone or something else, and being acted upon 
* ability to use shiru and wakaru appropriately 
* knowledge of the ~nagara form and potential form 
*knowledge of body parts and expressing injury or sickness 

This level will focus more on generating self-motivated speech in Japanese and reading and writing. We will use storytelling techniques, and will start discussing our opinions and feelings. Some advanced grammar will be embedded as will some new vocabulary and new kanji.

Wednesdays 7:00-7:55pm EST