See separate descriptions below:
Group Tutorial II is likely a fit for youth who: are seeking Facilitator-initiated activities (that still, of course, incorporate some ideas and wishes from the youth); show a desire to participate in collaborative/group activities; are reading and writing independently (for content and discussion); and demonstrate proficiency in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.
We are strong believers in the value of multi-age/developmental learning opportunities. Different levels of Group Tutorial programs will occasionally work together.
(9- to 10-year-olds)
Tuesday Group Tutorial II is designed for youth who are ready for collaborative group learning experiences. Activities will be planned to integrate a variety of academic areas including exposure to the whole spectrum of Multiple Intelligences. Emphasis will be placed on the Intelligences that are more deeply rooted in the humanities, with a focus on hands-on, project-based work. Some projects and topics will be one-time events while others will continue for multiple weeks.
Youth often work in small clusters, with ample time for Facilitators to work closely with them as they explore such content areas as writ- ing, language arts, and civics/government, as well as youth-initiated community service projects. Some of the specific concepts the youth will be exposed to include: creative writing; art; cultures; current event discussions; and Flexible Thinking challenges.
Youth will also have the opportunity to conduct a Peer Facilitation including a written com- ponent. These self-directed projects provide the framework for each youth to choose, research, develop and present his or her own findings and creations in a group setting. Emphasis is also placed on building a pro-social and collaborative work and play environment.
(9- to 10-year-olds)
Thursday Group Tutorial II will focus on science and math. Some of the math and science will be through the lens of a Naturalist. Youth are introduced to basic naturalist principles such as ecology, zoology and botany, utilizing observation skills in a hands-on and collaborative setting. Youth will become keenly aware of the many ways mathematics weaves its way into the natural world. Emphasis will be placed on developing and honing the youth’s naturalist skills through Real Work endeavors such as designing and clearing nature trails, cooking over an outdoor fire, preserving food using methods such as smoking or canning, and utilizing OC’s 28-acre campus. Additionally, there will be opportunities for service learning through local volunteering.
Citizen Science is a Real Work opportunity to act locally and contribute globally. These projects develop critical thinking and analytical skills through the examination of data collected. We will also take time to dip into the well of literature inspired by the natural world. Furthermore, self-expression through word and picture are encouraged through journal entries, introducing youth to the practice of taking field notes.
Youth will share with their peers individual experiment-based Science Projects, which will serve as an outlet for youth to explore a science- related curiosity.
Additional math and science-related content that falls outside of the Naturalist scope will also be incorporated.