Course Catalog 2021-2022 

Ages 5-7 Years old

in person classes at our Bethel, CT location

Famous Artists & Composers

Each week students take an in depth look at either a composer or artist pulling from a vast array of beautiful and engaging books along with interactive media. 

Students explore a variety of musical pieces, discover the parts of the orchestra, learn various artist techniques, view and understand different styles of art, and gain a fuller understanding of how art and music influence our everyday lives. 

US Hands-on History


Be brave and set your spirit free on an exciting journey across the U.S. of A, taking in 50 incredible adventures! - from the book cover of 50 Adventures in the 50 States

Using the 50 Adventures in the 50 States book and activity book as the backbone for this class, students learn all about our 50 states while completing a beautiful tablecloth to add to their project collection! An overview of Presidents & First Ladies is also covered during class.  

Movement and Health


This class focuses on getting students up and moving through games, yoga basics, and other engaging movement activities that students can then easily implement at home followed by, focusing on healthy body habits to keep kids motivated to remain active and to prioritize a healthy body throughout their lives.

This course helps students learn more about the dimensions of wellness! We assess how these elements impact our life (intellectual, emotional, physical, social, occupational, financial, environmental, and spiritual). We also practice the skill of stress management and find what works best for us!

Reading, Writing and Literature

Level 1: Ages 5-6

Level 2: Ages 6-7

Students will be working on reading and writing taught at their level.  This class focuses on the building blocks of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading comprehension and fluency.  

Using the Torchlight literature based curriculum, students develop their comprehension and writing skills through the use of active reading strategies, reader’s responses, and copywork.  

Poetry Art Journaling

Level 2: Ages 6-7

Students explore classic poets from Emily Dickinson to Robert Frost and more learning about poetry terms such as alliterations, hyperboles, metaphors and more through reading and discussion of different poems. Students then work on handwriting and copy work as well as different artistic techniques as they fill their custom created art journals with beautiful pieces of custom illustrated poems. 

Stories and Legends


This fun-filled class covers different stories and legends from around the world while completing hands-on projects including;  making literature pockets, acting in skits, and working in some fairy tale science experiments!  

Math Explorers


Level 1 & 2

Working through the Miquon math Orange and Blue books along with using math manipulatives which teach math concepts through doing. There is also plenty of time to play math games and learn about additional math concepts. 

Level 1

  • Counting
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Fractions
  • Equalities and Inequalities
  • Number lines and functions
  • Geometric Recognition
  • Length, Area and Volume
  • Clock Arithmetic

Level 2

  • Odd-Even
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Fractions
  • Geometric Recognition
  • Grid and Arrow Games

World History Through Architecture

Level 1 and 2
Academic Requirements: 
world history overview with art component
Skills Learned: drawing, building, collaborative and individual projects

Using the amazing Child's History of Art: Architecture curriculum, your child is thoroughly engaged in world
history throughout time and will see buildings in a whole new light! Lots of hands-on projects keep minds and
hands active!

Projects Include: replicating miniatures of famous architectural forms & places, building 3D puzzles of
famous buildings, identifying trims, and completing a unique portfolio of their work!

Hands-on Science


Guiding little minds and hands through various science projects and experiments pulling from a variety of topics related to earth science. 

Food Anatomy Cooking Class


See your food in a whole new way by becoming a food scientist!

Students continue their cooking adventures as they take a closer look at the food we eat along with the incredible history, science, and culture of food.

From the publisher: The meal on your plate has had many adventures on its way to your belly! Travel on a food journey around the world, taste new things, and learn fun facts. Find out all about foods that are foraged or farmed, sweet or savory, baked or preserved―and don’t forget foods that you drink! Get involved by predicting the answers to questions, testing your ideas, and drawing conclusions just like a real food scientist.

Astronomy


Project-based science taught in an easy to understand and approachable way using  R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Astronomy 1 by Pandia Press as the curriculum foundation for the course. 

From the publisher: Pulling from their Earth & Space course along with new topics in space exploration and scientific modeling, children accompany Bunny and Dusty (space dust bunnies) as they explore the topics of scientific modeling, solar system, space, physics of light, space travel, cosmology, the universe, and gravity. There is no shortage of hands-on fun in this course!

Ages 8-11 Years old 

in person classes at our Bethel, CT location

Artful Geometry


Academic Requirements: This is a full year of Waldorf based grade 7 geometry, no prior experience in
geometry is needed.

 Skills Learned: area & perimeter, Fibonacci sequence, circumference & angles, Pythagorean Theorem,
The Golden Ratio, mathematical paradoxes, and more!

This class will extensively cover:
• Learn geometry through artistic, freehand drawings
• Become acquainted with geometry vocabulary using exploratory methods
• Additional enrichment activities such as watercolor painting, nature-based projects, and learning about
famous people that contributed greatly to mathematics
Public speaking opportunities during each class as students present their final forms

Students work on a variety of hands-on projects using different mediums and completing a beautiful portfolio
that they can opt to share at our Student Exhibition Nights. All academic work is scaled to the age and skill
level of each student to promote individual academic success and allow each student to actively participate in
class. Students really enjoy the level of customization that they can make with their drawings and the
retention of important geometry concepts because they are presented in an engaging way!

Movement and Health


Academic Requirements: this class is a full year of health, wellness, and PE
Skills Learned: dimensions of wellness, goal setting, interpersonal communication, decision making,
health-enhancing behaviors, advocacy, accessing valid information, analyzing, self-awareness and
self-management

This class focuses on getting students up and moving through games, yoga basics, and other engaging
movement activities that students can then easily implement at home followed by, focusing on healthy body
habits to keep kids motivated to remain active and to prioritize a healthy body throughout their lives.

This course helps students learn more about the dimensions of wellness! We assess how these elements
impact our life (intellectual, emotional, physical, social, occupational, financial, environmental, and spiritual).
We also practice the skill of stress management and find what works best for us!

Earth and Environmental Science Labs


Academic Requirements: full year of science labs
Systems Learned: ecosystems & energy flow, types of forces & energy, earth process & natural events,
trees & plant processes, and more!

This class will extensively cover:
• Learn how to utilize the scientific method and become adept at creating their own experiments
• Become acquainted with using lab materials and equipment
• Fully understand complex scientific concepts and principles, taught at their level
• Look at science in a more comprehensive way

Students work on a variety of hands-on lab projects. All academic work is scaled to the age and skill level of
each student to promote individual academic success and allow each student to actively participate in class.
Each student completes several STEAM projects including building their own Mars Rover, roller coasters,
ecosystems, and more! Students enjoy collaborative projects and supporting each other's theory of what is
going to happen!

Reading, Writing, & Literature


Academic Requirements: full year of English Language Arts
Skills Learned: reading, critical thinking, grammar, writing skills

Students work their way through several varied literature units to hone in on reading, critical thinking, grammar, and writing skills. Students learn how to analyze and comprehend the text through rigorous and appealing cross curricular lessons and activities.

This Socratic-based program is taught in a fun, hands-on, engaging way with a book club vibe! Weekly reading
assignments will be assigned for students to complete at their own pace.

Streams Society


Skills Learned: collaborative projects, community service, life skills, critical thinking, executive
functioning, public speaking

This club type program is unique to Learning Streams and was created by our team. Similar to other clubs,
students work towards earning badges. This is a very student driven class with students contributing
thoughts and ideas to make decisions
that impact our world, focusing on building life skills, becoming good citizens, and putting their minds to good use! Community service and public speaking opportunities are also a
large part of what this society focuses on. A total of eight badges are earned each year.

Sneak Peek: photography and creative videography are on the schedule for 2021-22!

World History Middle Ages


Academic Requirements: a full year of social studies
Skills Learned: cartography, geography, cultural immersion, and a through understanding of the Middle Ages

Learn about the major historical events in the years 400 to 1600 CE, as well as working on creating maps,
illustrations, and projects from each culture. Story of the World: Middle Ages is the curriculum springboard for
this class and will transform student’s study of history.

STEAM Discoveries


Academic Requirements: this class will touch upon several disciplines of science, technology,
engineering, art, and math
Skills Learned: collaboration, creative construction, abstract thinking, executive functioning

Students will question like a scientist, design like a technologist, build like an engineer, create like an artist, act
as a mathematician and, most importantly – play like a kid! 

Paradoxes


Academic Requirements: a full year of critical thinking and logic
Skills Learned: critical thinking, introduction to philosophical principles and logic, psychology basics

Ever wonder what to do in a sticky situation? How about when you hear something that just doesn't sound
quite right? Sometimes we find ourselves seeing or hearing things that just don't add up.
During this thought-provoking class, students will take a closer look into just how paradoxes, ethical
dilemmas, and fallacies affect our decision-making abilities and perspective on our lives.
Considering
paradoxes is a great way to come to grips with how incomplete our understanding of the universe really is.

Just what exactly are we talking about here? Here is the definition of each concept that will be covered
extensively in class:


Paradox: a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or
explained may prove to be well-founded or true
Ethical Dilemma: a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives,
especially equally undesirable ones.
Fallacy: a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound argument

Class Objectives: Using paradoxes and thought experiments to engage students’ minds while exercising
critical thinking skills. Students will discuss how we can use these examples to enhance our emotional
intelligence.
Project Examples: students will participate and conduct several thought experiments and create a journal of
their journey

Writer's Workshop


Academic Requirements: Creative Writing and Word Play
Skills Learned: to become comfortable and familiar with etymology, poetry, word games and word play and more while building a strong descriptive vocabulary critical for every inspiring creative writer. 

During this workshop style creative class, students will have a relaxed atmosphere to work on creative writing and artistic journaling based on the reading and work from Tuesday's class bringing to life a tangible representation of the words and ideas studied. 

Astronomy


Academic Requirements: full year of science
Skills Learned: solid outline of astronomy principles and vocabulary, independent and collaborative
work on projects

Project-based science taught in an easy to understand and approachable way using R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey -
Astronomy 1 by Pandia Press
as the curriculum foundation for the course along with Universe by DK.

From the publisher: Pulling from their Earth & Space course along with new topics in space exploration and
scientific modeling, children accompany Bunny and Dusty (space dust bunnies) as they explore the topics of
scientific modeling, solar system, space, physics of light, space travel, cosmology, the universe, and gravity.
There is no shortage of hands-on fun in this course!

World History through Architecture


Academic Requirements: world history overview with art component
Skills Learned: drawing, building, collaborative and individual projects

Using the amazing Child's History of Art: Architecture curriculum, your child is thoroughly engaged in world
history throughout time and will see buildings in a whole new light! Lots of hands-on projects keep minds and
hands active!

Projects Include: replicating miniatures of famous architectural forms & places, building 3D puzzles of
famous buildings, identifying trims, and completing a unique portfolio of their work!

Fine Art


During this 3-hour hands-on fine art course, students will:

• Learn about different artists; some well known and some not so well known

• Find out what made them famous and study some of their works

• Understand the techniques that artist employed and was best known for

• Receive instruction on how to effectively implement those techniques by completing a hands-on fine art project

Class Objectives: Students will be able to explore different fine art techniques using a variety of art mediums to create their own masterpieces taught in an interesting and engaging way! A community wide project offers students a chance at working collaboratively and to display at our Student Exhibition Nights on January 13 and June 9, 2022! 

Additional Class Information: This class is geared towards ages 8-12 but some older students may find the material to be interesting and want to supplement their current art classes. A scheduled lunch break is included during class time to facilitate much needed social time. Students will eat their lunch at their personal desk space and no food is to be shared. We ask that students bring peanut free food that they can open and consume without assistance. This is a year-long class with an optional inclement weather make-up day on June 3rd.

Homework Expectations: No homework will be assigned for this class.

Ages 12-14 Years old

in person classes at our Bethel, CT location

Paradoxes, Ethical Dilemmas and Fallacies


Academic Requirements: a full year of critical thinking and logic

Skills Learned: critical thinking, introduction to philosophical principles and logic, psychology basics

Ever wonder what to do in a sticky situation? How about when you hear something that just doesn't sound quite right? Sometimes we find ourselves seeing or hearing things that just don't add up.

During this thought-provoking class, students will take a closer look into just how paradoxes, ethical dilemmas, and fallacies affect our decision-making abilities and perspective on our lives. Considering paradoxes is a great way to come to grips with how incomplete our understanding of the universe really is.

Just what exactly are we talking about here? Here is the definition of each concept that will be covered extensively in class:

  • Paradox: a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well-founded or true

  • Ethical Dilemma: a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones.

  • Fallacy: a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound argument

Class Objectives: Using paradoxes and thought experiments to engage students’ minds while exercising critical thinking skills. Students will discuss how we can use these examples to enhance our emotional intelligence.

Project Examples: students will participate and conduct several thought experiments and create a journal of their journey

English Language Arts


Academic Requirements: full year of English Language Arts

Skills Learned: work toward writing with ease, completing assignments with independence, punctuation and grammar, understands the five-paragraph essay format, presents with confidence

Students work their way through several varied literature units to hone in on reading, critical thinking, grammar, and writing skills. Students learn how to analyze and comprehend the text through rigorous and appealing cross-curricular lessons and activities. 

During this year long program, students will work on a variety of presentations to present during class and at our two Student Exhibition Events on January 13th and June 9th. Although the public events are optional to attend and present, they are highly encouraged for students to gain valuable public speaking experience! 

This Socratic-based program is taught in a fun, hands-on, engaging way with a book club vibe! Weekly reading assignments will be assigned for students to complete at their own pace. 

Additional Class Information: This class is geared towards ages 12-14. This is a year-long class with an optional inclement weather make-up day on June 14th. This class can be combined with other Tuesday classes as a day-program option and at a discounted cost. Please contact us for additional info: admin@learningstreams.com

Artful Geometry


Academic Requirements: full year of Waldorf based grade 7/8 geometry, no prior experience in geometry is needed. 

Skills Learned: area & perimeter, Fibonacci sequence, circumference & angles, Pythagorean Theorem, The Golden Ratio, mathematical paradoxes, and more!

This class will extensively cover:

• Learn geometry through artistic, freehand drawings

• Become acquainted with geometry vocabulary using exploratory methods

• Additional enrichment activities such as watercolor painting, nature-based projects, and learning about famous people that contributed greatly to mathematics

• Public speaking opportunities during each class as students present their final forms

Students  work on a variety of hands-on projects using different mediums and completing a beautiful portfolio that they can opt to share at our Student Exhibition Nights. All academic work is scaled to the age and skill level of each student to promote individual academic success and allow each student to actively participate in class. Students really enjoy the level of customization that they can make with their drawings and the retention of important geometry concepts because they are presented in an engaging way!

STEAM Discoveries


Academic Requirements: this class will touch upon several disciplines of science, technology,
engineering, art, and math
Skills Learned: collaboration, creative construction, abstract thinking, executive functioning

Students will question like a scientist, design like a technologist, build like an engineer, create like an artist, act
as a mathematician and, most importantly – play like a kid! 

Streams Society


Skills Learned: collaborative projects, community service, life skills, critical thinking, executive
functioning, public speaking

This club type program is unique to Learning Streams and was created by our team. Similar to other clubs,
students work towards earning badges. This is a very student driven class with students contributing
thoughts and ideas to make decisions
that impact our world, focusing on building life skills, becoming good citizens, and putting their minds to good use! Community service and public speaking opportunities are also a
large part of what this society focuses on. A total of eight badges are earned each year.

Sneak Peek: photography and creative videography are on the schedule for 2021-22!

Fine Art


During this 3-hour hands-on fine art course, students will:

• Learn about different artists; some well known and some not so well known

• Find out what made them famous and study some of their works

• Understand the techniques that artist employed and was best known for

• Receive instruction on how to effectively implement those techniques by completing a hands-on fine art project

Class Objectives: Students will be able to explore different fine art techniques using a variety of art mediums to create their own masterpieces taught in an interesting and engaging way! A community wide project offers students a chance at working collaboratively and to display at our Student Exhibition Nights on January 13 and June 9, 2022! 

Additional Class Information: This class is geared towards ages 8-12 but some older students may find the material to be interesting and want to supplement their current art classes. A scheduled lunch break is included during class time to facilitate much needed social time. Students will eat their lunch at their personal desk space and no food is to be shared. We ask that students bring peanut free food that they can open and consume without assistance. This is a year-long class with an optional inclement weather make-up day on June 3rd.

Homework Expectations: No homework will be assigned for this class.

Payment Note: all class fees are paid in full and non-refundable! Payment plans are available through FACTS for a $50 one time annual fee - no matter how many classes or children you have enrolled.