Minicourses

Minicourses

Minicourses are an extension of Lowell's After Care Program and are designed to compliment a rigours day of academic learning. By Providing students with invaluable opportunities to explore, Minicourses help sustain students' curiosity and creativity. There are courses for children of all ages, although most offerings are geared toward Pre-Primary and Primary School children. Five sessions of 6-week courses are offered each year, and selections vary from session to session.

Session I Classes for Sept. 9–Oct. 18

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  • Monday

    Aikido: Mindfulness and Movement Minicourse
    Grades: PP-K
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Cost: $130

    New Dance Institute 1 1st Semester
    Please note: This class runs from September 9th to December 14th.
    Grades: K-2nd
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Cost: $260
     
     
  • Tuesday

    Yoga with Nuria
    Grades: PP
    Time: 3:20-4:20 pm
    Cost: $130

    Beginning Chess
    Grades: K-8
    Time: 3:30-4:00 pm
    Cost: $50

    Beginners/Intermediate Chess
    Grades: K-8
    Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
    Cost: $130

    Advanced Chess
    Grades: K-8
    Time: 5:00-6:00 pm
    Cost: $130

    New Dance Institute 2 1st Semester
    Please note: This class runs from Sept. 9–Dec. 14
    Grades: 3-5
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Cost: $260

     
  • Wednesday

  • Thursday

    The Glow Show/ Sign Language Performance
    Grades: 1-5
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Cost: $150

    Yoga with Nuria

    Grades: K-2
    Time: 3:20-4:20 pm
    Cost: $130

    Art and Storytelling with Drew
    Grades: K-1
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Friday

    Outdoor Adventures with Mario
    Grades: 1-5
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Cost: $130

    Art and Science with Drew
    Grades: PP
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Cost: $150

Minicourses Offered Throughout the Year

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  • Minicourse Descriptions

    Aikido: Mindfulness and Movement Minicourse!
    Aikido is a harmonious and peaceful martial art form. This minicourse weaves together principles of Aikido and gross motor games in age-appropriate ways. Discovery Room teacher Philip Mallari is a Shodan in Aikido and studied at the Aikido Shobukan Dojo in Washington DC.
     
    Art and Storytelling with Drew!
    Students will explore five popular children’s stories and create storytelling props to retell their favorite fairytales. Join Pre-Primary teacher Drew for this exciting class that brings stories to life.
    Art and Science with Drew
    Students will explore art and science through various creative projects. Join Pre-Primary teacher Drew for this exciting STEAM class.
    Chess Beginning
    Chess strengthens strategy and critical thinking skills in children. In this introductory course, Liz Sadoff teaches students basic chess techniques and strategies.
    Chess Intermediate
    Chess strengthens strategy and critical thinking skills in children. In this beginner/low intermediate-level course, students will master basic chess techniques and strategies to increase their checkmating skills.
    Chess Advanced
    Chess strengthens strategy and critical thinking skills in children. Advanced students take their mastery of chess techniques and strategies to the competition level.
    The Glow Show/ Sign Language Performance
    Have you ever gone to a show and watched in awe as there was a sign language interpreter for your favorite artist? Now you can learn how to do it. In this fun class we will learn performance sign language and put on a Glow Show at the end of the session to songs of the students’ choice.

    New Dance Institute I: (two-semester program)
    Elly Porter will teach ballet and modern dance while encouraging children to express themselves through dance. Loose-fitting clothes are required. This course concludes with a spring recital in the dance studio.
    New Dance Institute II: (two-semester program)
    Elly Porter will teach ballet and modern dance while encouraging children to express themselves through dance. Loose-fitting clothes are required. This course concludes with a spring recital in the dance studio.
     
    Outdoor Adventures with Mario
    Are you ready to go on an off-the-beaten path adventure through Rock Creek Park? Building structures, making tools and finding treasures are a part of this adventurous and fun outdoor program.
     
    Spanish Clubhouse I
    Students will learn a mix of Latinx culture and language lessons of various countries within the Spanish-speaking world. Children will learn country-specific cultural aspects of people, places, and things during each class week. All classes are taught in 100% Spanish and incorporate art and other fine-motor skills and activities.
     
    Spanish Clubhouse II
    Students will build on lessons from Spanish Clubhouse I of various countries within the Spanish-speaking world. Children will learn country-specific cultural aspects of people, places, and things during each class week. All classes are taught in 100% Spanish and incorporate art and other fine-motor skills and activities.

    Yoga with Nuria
    Yoga at an early age promotes self-esteem and body awareness. Children derive enormous benefits from this non-competitive physical activity. It enhances their flexibility, strength, and coordination. Also, it improves concentration and encourages calmness and relaxation.

FAQs

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  • Are there any discounts?

    Students currently enrolled in After Care on the beginning day of their minicourse will receive a $19 discount.

    Students not enrolled in After Care may use our drop-in services following the dismissal of their minicourse up until 6:00 pm for the current drop-in fee of $15.
  • How do students find their Minicourse?

    After dismissal, K-5th grade minicourse students gather in the After Care office. At 3:30 pm instructors escort their students to the minicourse location. Pre-Primary School students are picked up from their classrooms.
  • What happens after Minicourse dismissal?

    Pre-Primary School children stay in the Pre-Primary School building for pick-up. Minicourse instructors or an After Care staff person will escort Kindergarten-5th grade students to the After Care office at the end of their classes.

    All minicourse participants should be picked up and signed out within 15 minutes after their course ends.

    Pick-up later than 15 minutes will result in a drop-in fee of $15 billed to the student's parents.
  • What happens if a class needs to be canceled?

    Every effort will be made to give advance notice regarding class cancelations. In the event of individual canceled classes due to inclement weather or otherwise, an additional make-up class will be added.

Questions?

Please check the calendar for minicourse closure and registration dates. If you have an idea for a Minicourse, we are open to suggestions from students and parents. Please email your course suggestion and potential instructor names to the After Care Director.

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