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.

Classes Offered

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  • Monday

    Friendship Bracelets
    Make friendship bracelets to wear and share. We will use various design patterns, techniques, and materials including embroidery floss, yarn, and beads. Able to be done anywhere, this craft is wildly popular for its endless creative possibilities.
    Time: 3:45–4:45 pm
    Grades: 1st-5th
    Cost: $130

    New Dance Institute I: (two-semester program)
    Elly Porter will teach ballet and modern dance allowing children to be children while encouraging them to express themselves through dance. Loose-fitting clothes are required. This course concludes with a spring recital in the dance studio.
    Time: 3:45–4:45 pm
    Grades: K-2nd
    Cost: $260

    Spanish Clubhouse
    MindBloom is offering a mix of Hispanic 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.
    Time: 3:45–4:45 pm
    Grades: Pre-Primary (ages 3-5yrs-old)
    Cost: $150

    Intermediate/Advanced Woodworking with Mario
    Join Lowell’s Art Teacher Mario in the woodshop for Woodworking. Students will make unique creations to take home at the end of the session.
    Time: 3:45–4:45 pm
    Grades: 2nd-5th
    Cost: $130
     
    Spanish Clubhouse PP
    Join Nuria for a mix of Latinx culture and language lessons through art that’s fun! All classes are taught in Spanish.
    Time: 3:30–4:30 pm
    Grades: PP-K
    Cost: $150

    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 fun and age-appropriate ways! Discovery Room teacher Philip Mallari is a Shodan in Aikido and studied at the Aikido Shobukan Dojo in Washington DC.
    Time: 3:45–4:45 pm
    Grades: PP-K
    Cost: $130
  • Tuesday

    New Dance Institute II: (two-semester program)
    Elly Porter will teach ballet and modern dance allowing children to be children while encouraging them to express themselves through dance. Loose-fitting clothes are required. This course concludes with a spring recital in the dance studio.
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Grades: 3rd-5th
    Cost: $260

    Beginning Chess
    Chess strengthens strategy and critical thinking skills in children, and we make it FUN! In this introductory course, Liz Sadoff teaches students basic chess techniques and strategies.
    Time: 3:30-4:00 pm
    Grades: All
    Cost: $130

    Intermediate Chess
    Chess strengthens strategy and critical thinking skills in children, and we make it FUN! In this beginner/low intermediate level course, students will master basic chess techniques and strategies to increase their checkmating skills.
    Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
    Grades: All
    Cost: $130

    Advanced Chess
    Chess strengthens strategy and critical thinking skills in children, and we make it FUN! Advanced students take their mastery of chess techniques and strategies to the competition level.
    Time: 5:00-6:00 pm
    Grades: All
    Cost: $130

    Yoga with Sara
    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.
    Time: 3:45–4:45 pm
    Grade: PP (Ages 3-5)
    Cost: $130

    Homework Club with Justin!
    Some children are so self-motivated that they’re able to work diligently on homework and ignore the distractions of normal family life, but not everyone finds it so easy. Join Justin Haas, Lowell 5th grade teacher for early homework help.
    Time: 3:45–4:45 pm
    Grade: 3rd-5th grade
    Cost: $130

    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
    Time: 3:45–4:45 pm
    Grade: PP
    Cost: $130
     
  • Wednesday

    Crochet
    Learn to crochet! Master the basic stitches that more advanced stitching techniques are built on. Students will make dishrags, scarves, and design their own projects.
    Time–3:45-4:45 pm
    Grades–2nd-5th
    Cost–$150
  • Thursday

    Little Linguists Arts French Academy
    The student acquires the target language in a fun and interactive way through games, songs, skits, storytelling, accumulative projects, and cultural events. By listening, speaking, reading and writing, the student can broaden their awareness, acceptance, and understanding of different cultures throughout the world. This program is designed to accommodate varying levels of language learners.
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Grade: K-2
    Cost: $150

    Yoga with Nuria/Sara
    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
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Grade: K-2
    Cost: $130
     
    Math, Science, and Fine Motor Skills
    These activities focus on motor skill development by improving the muscles in the fingers and hands, strengthening hand grip, and developing wrist movement. Activities include art projects like painting and tissue paper bouquets, to science projects like silly putty, and even to games like water relay! Your kids are sure to have a blast with these activities and will be developing essential skills without even knowing it.
    Time: 3:45–4:45 pm
    Grade: PP
    Cost: $150


  • Friday

    Hand Sewing
    Students will explore different types of fabric and learn techniques such as applique and embroidery to make a bag or pillowcase.
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Grades: 2nd-5th
    Cost: $150

    Spanish Clubhouse
    MindBloom is offering a mix of Hispanic 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.
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Grades: K-1st
    Cost: $150

    Little Fitness Fun with Elite Quality Sports
    Kids just want to have fun, and we know how to get the job done with exercise.
    With Elite Quality Sports, students will perform exercise drills that challenge their minds and improve their motor skills. Kids music adds to the excitement and teaches rhythm with coordination drills and routines.
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Grades: Pre-Primary (ages 3-5yrs-old)
    Cost: $130

    Recycled Art with Mario
    Student Earth Advocates will turn trash to treasure. Join Mario to create recycled art treasures.
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Grades: 1st-5th Grades
    Cost: $130
     
    Little Linguists Arts French Academy
    The student acquires the target language in a fun and interactive way through games, songs, skits, storytelling, accumulative projects, and cultural events. By listening, speaking, reading and writing, the student can broaden their awareness, acceptance, and understanding of different cultures throughout the world. This program is designed to accommodate varying levels of language learners.
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Grades: 3rd-4th Grades
    Cost: $130

    Art and Storytelling with Drew!
    Students will explore 5 different popular children’s stories and will create storytelling props to retell their favorite fairytales. Join Drew, Lowell’s own PP teacher for this exciting class that brings stories to life.
    Time: 3:45-4:45 pm
    Grades: PP
    Cost: $150

FAQs

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • 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?

    Per-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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