Group III is a two-day program, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing time for the pre-teens to delve deeply into activities and projects. This program is designed for youth who are looking to engage in collaborative activities and experiences. Activities will integrate the whole spectrum of Multiple Intelligences.
On Tuesdays, emphasis will be placed on the Intelligences that are more deeply rooted in the humanities. Youth will engage in collaborative group problem solving and team-building activities and further develop their written and oral communication skills. Language arts exploration often includes a deep dive into a novel and the world encountered and questions raised there. Poetry forms, skits, short stories and journalism may also be read, discussed, written and shared, with attention to the perspective of both the author and audience. With a focus on nurturing sparks of ideas, quality research and reliable, documented sources, youth will complete a Comprehensive Project, which offers youth the opportunity to hone both their research, writing and presentation skills.
Youth-driven interests will inspire the group to explore multiple areas of study. Using the broader community as a living framework, young people will be given the opportunity to take action to make a positive impact in the world while developing their understanding of its complexities. Hands-on, project-based activities bring richness and relevance to applied academic investigation. Some projects and topics will be one-time events while others will continue for a number of weeks, offering time for deeper investigation, and the opportunity for valuable iterative processes.
Thursdays will focus on science and math. In general, math and science are explored in an open-ended way, where possible, allowing for the discovery of the many ways to arrive at a solution. Some of the math and science will be through the lens of a Naturalist, allowing for ample interaction with the outdoors here on OC’s 28-acre campus. Youth will become keenly aware of the many ways mathematics weaves its way into the natural world.
Utilizing and honing observation skills in a hands-on and collaborative setting, youth are likely to encounter principles such as ecology, zoology and botany. Youth are introduced to the practice of taking field notes, and are encouraged to develop their self-expression through words and pictures as they capture their vision, experience and growing understanding of the natural world. Citizen Science engagement provides a Real Work opportunity to act locally and contribute globally. These projects develop critical thinking and analytical skills through the examination of data collected. Annual Natural Science Projects invite each youth to design and conduct an experiment exploring a science-related inquiry, utilizing the Scientific Method. Discoveries are presented and shared with their peers.
Emphasis will also be placed on applying and developing the youth’s growing naturalist skills through Real Work endeavors such as designing and clearing nature trails, foraging and cooking over an outdoor fire.
Group III is likely a fit for youth who:
are seeking Facilitator-initiated activities (that largely incorporate ideas and wishes from the youth); show a desire to participate in collaborative/group activities; are proficient readers; feel comfortable speaking in (non-threatening) group settings; and have a solid conceptual mathematical understanding of division, multiplication, fractions and decimals.
We are strong believers in the value of multi-age/developmental learning opportunities. Different levels of Group programs will occasionally work with each other.