~ Update: The Fall 2019 Schedule will be posted by August 29, 2019 ~

Spring 2019 Class Schedule

Room A

8:30–9:50 am
Big History Project Science (12+)

10:00–11:15 am
Introduction to Psychology (11+)

11:30–12:30 pm
Geography Games (9–13)

12:30–1:30 pm
Northern Light Newsletter Club (8+)


9:00–10:00 am
Potions and Protons (6–11)

10:10–11:00 am
Dr. Kid (5–10)

11:00–11:30 am
Book Buddies (all ages)

11:30–12:30 am
Ceridwen’s Cauldron (all ages)


12:30–1:30 pm
Open Gym (all ages)

1:30–3:00 pm
Drama (8+)

3:00–4:00 pm
Open Gym (all ages)

Spring 2019 Class Descriptions

Big History Project Science

Ages: 12+
Time: 8:30–9:50 am
Room: A
Max. students: 8
This class is full

In this year-long integrated science class, we will build a “framework for all knowledge” by tracing the history of the Universe from its origins to the present day. In the fall , we studied the early Universe, from the Big Bang through the formation of the Earth. In the winter, we explored the history of life on Earth, from the very first cells to the evolution of modern humans. Finally, this spring, we will consider all of human history – in just eight weeks!

Students should be willing to do some outside work (1-2 hr/wk) and actively participate in class discussions.

This class is taught by Rebecca Lambert.

Introduction to Psychology

Ages: 11+
Time: 10:00–11:15 am
Room: A
Max. students: 12
This class is not open to new students without approval from instructor.

This is a continuation of the Winter Psychology class. In the second half of this introductory course we will continue to learn about how we make sense of ourselves with stress and health. Understanding how we make sense of others will be the majority of this second session, and we will cover: language, personality, social influence, and stereotypes and groups.

Requirements. This class is for ages 11+ with the content and interest level designed to the 13-15 age range. Students must be able to view online materials and use classroom.google.com, read independently, write with minimal assistance, and be willing to be a part of class discussions.

Materials. A book is required for the entire class and a textbook is required for kids doing deep-dives.

Important. This class will meet for 6 weeks of the session; there will be no instruction on April 12 or May 10. Hopefully the class will meet on its own on May 10th to review together.

This class is taught by Aubrie Entwood.

Geography Games

Ages: 9+
Time: 11:30–12:30 pm
Room: A
Max. students: 15

At each class, we will spend time sharing our research from weekly country research projects. The other half of class is spent challenging our geography Jeopardy skills.

Requirements. This class is geared toward students who are able to complete a short weekly research assignment. Must be a fluent reader and not afraid to have to pronounce and read about lots of foreign names.

Parental Involvement? Not required, but parents are welcome to remain in the classroom.

This class is taught by Kristen Brennan.

Northern Light Newsletter Club

Ages: 8+
Time: 12:30–1:30 pm
Room: A
Max. students: 12

If you like working as a team to spread the news, if you enjoy sharing your creative talents, and have fun learning new things, join the Northern Light Newsletter class! 

What is a community newsletter? 
Here's our definition: A kid-run collection of writing of all kinds, book and movie reviews, reports on things going on around Northern Light/ Ithaca, interviews with people in our community, comics, artwork, articles about sports, science, history, classes, events, etc., instructions for craft projects, favorite recipes, stories, poems and anything else they're inspired to do!  

This session, we'll be learning new newspaper skills every week, and diving deeper into what goes into making a weekly newsletter from start to finish. We will be giving our newsletter staff fun weekly assignments, and brainstorming together each class to come up with interesting topics for the next issues, and working together on answering the questions to our advice column. 

We are requesting that class members, who must be 8 or older, submit at least two contributions every week (at least one should be a written piece) and we will have a firm weekly deadline by which submissions must be turned in to be in the newsletter. This will help make a full, interesting newsletter they can all be proud of.  : ) 

This time around, we are opening up submissions to the whole community, so if you want to be involved but are not available during class time, just email us your submission or advice column question at nlnewsletterclub@gmail.com. 
We reserve the right to edit any submissions as needed to keep it community-friendly, and all items must be in by the deadline each week. 

Requirements. Class members need to be 8 or older, and able to write at least short pieces independently. Kids should be willing to volunteer for / accept a weekly assignment in addition to other submissions of their choice, for a total of at least two newsletter contributions a week. They don't need to be long, but it is a weekly commitment.

Additional Fees. $5 printing contribution

Parental Involvement? No – parents and younger siblings are asked to remain in the waiting area 

This student-led class is co-taught by Maya (13), Nora (12), and Ben (12)

Potions and Protons

Ages: 6–11
Time: 9:00–10:00 am
Room: B
Max. students: 11

Sorry to say it, Friends, but Ron Weasley's broken wand has been acting up again, and this time, Ron has turned himself into a rat. To restore him to human form, he needs a Rodent Reverse potion--pronto. And you have to create it. To work, your potion must be an acid (not a base), have white precipitate, and separate into layers. And you need to mix it up by the end of Potions Class, or Professor Snape will be on your case again!

In each class, participants will mix potions to meet challenges (loosely drawn from Harry Potter lore, but no need to know the books or be a fan). Along the way, we'll learn chemistry vocabulary, techniques, and principles. We'll work in groups, so come prepared to be Sorted! 

Requirements. Kids need to be able to focus, pour, mix, measure, and work in a group. It will be helpful if some kids can read and write, so someone in each group can record data. Chemistry concepts will be presented, but it's okay if they do not fully grasp them this time around. The goal is fun, exposure, and experimentation.

Materials. Kids may wish to bring a smock and safety glasses. Wands are optional.

Parental Involvement? Yes

This class is taught by Laura Ulrich.

Dr. Kid: What’s Your Favorite Animal?

Ages: 5–10
Time: 10:00–11:00 am
Room: B
Max. students: 10

Each kid in this class will have the opportunity to lead/co-lead a class- sharing their knowledge about their favorite animal. This could be done in a million ways: we can play a game, watch a slideshow, write a story, paint a jungle, there is no limit to what this can be. I will help as much or as little as they would like. As participants in this class we will learn a lot about each other as we support our fellow teachers and organize our thoughts for the group.

Requirements. This class would be appropriate for a 5-10 year old. The only requirement is the ability to listen respectfully as your fellow teachers share their class.

Parental Involvement? Yes

This class is taught by Liz Stewart.

Book Buddies

Ages: all
Time: 11:00–11:30 am
Room: B
Max. students: 20

Book buddies is a reading program where older readers will be paired with younger non-readers or developing readers. Reading to younger children can help them develop a love of reading and a greater motivation to read while improving reading fluency in older, established readers. Everybody wins! Each week, we'll change up reading buddies. Readers are encouraged to bring their favorite books to share with their buddy. Developing readers will be given the opportunity and encouraged to read as well! We may also work on creating and writing are own books.

Requirements. All ages, all reading levels welcome. Must be able to sit through a few books quietly.

Parental Involvement? No – parents and younger siblings are asked to remain in the waiting area 

This class is taught by Kathryn Reeves.

Ceridwen’s Cauldron

Ages: all
Time: 11:30–12:30 pm
Room: B
Max. students: 20

This class will weave together poetry, music and storytelling so as to plunge into myths and tales from around the world. There will be an opportunity each class to relate to the story through art and simple theater games; we will also learn songs. Russian folktales, Nordic myths, and Grimms' Fairy tales will all be involved!

Requirements. None – fun for all ages.

Parental Involvement? Not required, but parents and siblings are welcome to stay in the room

Important. This will be a 5 week class. There will be no class the last three weeks of the session. 

This class is taught by Jay Leeming.

Drama: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Ages: 8+
Time: 1:30–3:00 pm
Room: Gym
Max. students: 10

Let's explore the strange and amazing world of Willy Wonka and his mysterious chocolate factory on stage! 

In this drama class we will sharpen the tools in our "Actors' Toolbox" (expression, gesture, voice, etc), learn a few of the tricks of the trade involved in the world of theater, and re-enact the funny and magical adventures of Charlie, his grandfather & the other winners of the "Golden Ticket" as they tour Mr. Wonka's fantastical factory. 

Scripts will be provided on the first day of class, and beyond the rehearsals during class time, students will need to practice their parts at home for each of the seven weeks leading up to our performance during class time on the 8th week (May 24th). 

I'm looking forward to going on this wild and crazy chocolate-flavored drama adventure with all those interested! 

Requirements. Students must be 8+, and willing to commit to memorizing their parts before the performance, and to being supportive members of the drama team.

Parental Involvement? No – parents and younger siblings are asked to remain in the waiting area

Important. You must be available to perform 1:30-3:00 on Friday, May 24th to enroll. 

This class is taught by Troy Platt.

Open Gym Games

Ages: all
Time: 12:30–1:30 pm & 3:00–4:00 pm
Room: Gym
Max. students: none

All NLLC members are welcome to drop in for Gym Games from 12:30–1:30 pm and 3:00–4:00 pm during Spring Session. Open Gym Games is offered free of charge; no registration is necessary.