Group II is a 1 or 2 day program (Tuesday and/or Thursday) that is designed for youth who are ready for a collaborative group experience, designed to integrate a variety of academic areas through hands-on, project based work. Youth will have opportunities to work in pairs or small groups to explore content areas such as, writing/language arts, geography, history, science (through the lens of a naturalist) and mathematics. Emphasis will also be placed on problem solving and critical thinking skills while building a prosocial and collaborative environment and helping to deepen youth’s understanding of OC’s core values and philosophy.
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Group 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 programs will occasionally work together.
(9- to 11-year-olds)
Tuesday Group 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, building and cooking over an outdoor fire, and utilizing OC’s 28-acre campus for outdoor exploration. Additionally, there will be opportunities for service learning through local volunteering.
We will also take time to study famous Naturalists and explore literature inspired by the natural world. Furthermore, self-expression through writing and art are encouraged through journal entries, introducing youth to the practice of taking field notes, and documenting weekly weather observations.
Youth will share with their peers individual experiment-based Science Project Presentations, which will serve as an outlet for youth to practice using the Scientific Method and explore a science-related curiosity.
Additional math and science-related content that falls outside of the Naturalist scope will also be incorporated, including open-ended math inquiries and opportunities to work in OC’s Science Lab.
(9- to 11-year-olds)
Thursday Group 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 writing, language arts, and U.S. and world geography/history, 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; open-ended math inquiries; mindfulness; and Flexible Thinking challenges.
Youth will also have the opportunity to conduct a Peer Facilitation including a written component. 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.