Fall 2022-2023 Programming

Our 2022-23 drop-off day program is full of wonderful, project-based classes  for students aged 5 and up!

All classes run August 29-June 8. 

Additional classes, pop-up workshops, and tutoring can be arranged for an additional fee. 

Intro Level for age 5

Intro Level Program Information: designed to offer plenty of opportunities for play and first exposure to our classes and project-based learning style for students that are 5 when they begin classes. 

Wednesday (optional Monday may be added)

Program Focus: a solid three hour morning block to work on social skills, understanding how a classroom operates, movement, finger plays, songs, and lots of creativity and projects to keep little ones busy and engaged! 

  • Note: This is the only option for our littlest learners to attend classes and must be comfortable being dropped off from 9:30-2:30.  This class is especially for students  that have not had any exposure to a classroom before. Depending on the maturity of the student, Monday may be added with the recommendation of the Executive Director.

Level 1

Level 1 Program Information: designed to offer plenty of opportunities for movement and first exposure to our classes and project-based learning style for students ages 5-7.  

Monday/Wednesday 

Program Focus: music appreciation, movement, stories, legends, cooking through the countries, artists and composers study, and lots of creativity and projects to keep little ones busy and engaged!

Tuesday/Thursday

Program Focus: a solid three hour morning block for students to slowly meander their way through a creative, project-based program that covers ELA, social studies, and math basics, while also taking a deep dive into marine biology.

Level 2

Level 2 Program Information: for students that are ready to learn a bit more about the world around us, this program is geared toward exploration and discovery! 

Monday/Wednesday 

Program Focus: movement, character building with a book club vibe, stories, legends, fables, marine biology, real-life math skills building class, public speaking, and plenty of projects and interdisciplinary topics woven together to create a beautiful learning experience.   

Tuesday/Thursday

Program Focus: music appreciation/theory, creative writing and literature, world history, artist and composers study, art journaling, and plenty of projects and interdisciplinary topics woven together to create a beautiful learning experience. 

Level 3

Level 3 Program Information:  these students are becoming  independent learners and are ready for some work to complete at home and a more structured class experience but still want to create amazing things! 

Monday/Wednesday 

Program Focus: executive functioning,  music appreciation/theory, critical thinking, world history, movement, character building with a book club vibe, public speaking, artists, and composers. Streams Society will be continuing to dive into several units focusing on real life skills that work off of students interests. Prior topics covered include: biomes, cooking, and photography. This option offers a wide variety of classes to provide students with a great mix of learning opportunities. 

Tuesday/Thursday

Program Focus: executive functioning, public speaking, marine biology, art journaling, personal finance, creative writing and literature. This option offers 3 hours of Marine Biology science and 3 hours of creative writing and literature per week so students can have more of a deep dive option into these topics. 

Level 4

Level 4 Program Information:  for students 13+ that benefit from being in a creative learning environment. Classes are taught with our project-based and interdisciplinary learning format and are a good fit for students  looking for unique options to expand their portfolio and to gain valuable skills. 


Literature and Creative Composition: 

Students will flow through multiple genres of creative writing, including short stories, poetry, and memoir through fun, meaningful activities that stretch their imaginations and their writing skills. Incorporating art, movement, meditation and visualization, each student will expand and deepen their creativity. This class focuses strongly on developing the creative process. Students will have the opportunity to illustrate and bind their completed writing projects as well. 

During this interactive, full year course, students can look forward to the following objectives:  

  • Workshop-based Assignments: students are responsible for at least one specific writing assignment approximately once per month assigned by Ms. Shannon to work on at home and during class.
  • Student-led Short Writing Workshops: each student is responsible for leading one writing exercise for the class each semester with a prompt that they have created.
  • Teacher-led Writing Workshops: once per week, students are introduced to an element of craft that will help to expand writing ideas and repertoire of work.
  • Author Appreciation Symposiums: twice per year, students present using Google Slides on an author they’ve recently read whom they admire.
  • Explications: approximately once per month, Ms. Shannon selects a short piece of writing to be explicated (thoroughly analyzed) by the class.
  • Story Hour: from time to time, students have part of a class to listen to a story. Students discuss the story as well as examine the particular genre and techniques used in the story.
  • Student Exhibition Project: students work on assembling a creative art journal to showcase at Student Exhibition that contains samples of their written work along with their personal literary creative projects that they complete during the year. 
  • Student Book Project: a compilation of student work is assembled and published with parents having the option to purchase books in April 2023 for an additional fee. 
  • Literature Discussion: to encourage healthy debate and deepen connections between peers, philosophical and introspective questions on the literature selection are often posed to students during the beginning of class as students settle in.  Students are allowed to bring in a drink in a leakproof bottle to sip from during the discussion. 

Homework: reading assignments will be assigned each week of approximately 100 pages and will be discussed in class. A book list will not be provided as Ms. Shannon works with the students to discover their interests and make selections accordingly. Any written assignments will also be assigned on Tuesdays and emailed to Ms. Shannon by midnight on Sunday to review in class. 

Grading: students can opt to receive grades if requested by the parent. Since this is a creative writing class, grammar and spelling errors will not be corrected unless the parent requests Ms. Shannon to fully edit the assignments. In lieu of grades, achievement badges are  issued approximately three times a year for this class. 

Personal Finance:  

This class is designed to inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Through hands-on instruction, classroom discussion, word problems, and playing interactive games, students will have a well balanced understanding of how to manage their money and make good financial decisions.

This engaging course covers: 

  • Budgeting: an introduction to the vital role that money handling plays in all areas of a person’s life, while reinforcing basic math skills through a variety of problem-solving exercises.  Comprehension, logical thinking, and sequential decisions are required to find answers to word problems relating to situations regarding making and using a budget. Different types of budgets are discussed for students to understand how they are applicable to their needs. 
  • Checkbook: after learning how to write a check, students are challenged with real-life finance word problems. First, they must solve a math question. Then, they are required to write a check for the correct amount, record the transactions, and keep track of the balances.
  • Bank Accounts: students practice applying their math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percents, fractions, and decimals. They gain valuable, practical knowledge about the important survival skill of handling money, using a bank account, debit card, withdrawing and depositing money, and more.
  • Credit Card: How do I get a credit card? What is a credit score? How do I use a credit card? What is an account statement? Answers to these questions and many more are featured in this comprehensive unit.
  • Smart Shopping: shopping wisely helps to establish valuable, lifelong consumer habits. Students  learn the many ways they can judge a purchase to determine if it is the best possible choice. Math word problems reinforce the lessons presented and promote awareness of the advantages to smart shopping.
  • Student Exhibition Project: students compile all of their work into a portfolio to display at Student Exhibition.
  • Presentation: for the duration of the class, students complete and present an overview of each unit taught to them using Google Slides.
  • Guest Educators: local financial experts are coming in to discuss mortgages, taxes, investments, and more!

Homework: students may need additional time to research and complete their Google Slides presentation at home. 

Grading: there will not be any grading for this class. 

Prerequisites: students should feel comfortable with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percents, fractions, and decimals. Calculators will be used in class. 


Biology: 

Learn about the broad field of the biological sciences, organized into three major areas: molecular and cellular biology, organismal biology, and population biology. During this secular biology course, students will work extensively on comprehension and critical thinking questions, hands-on activities, and labs. Students will be taught a mind mapping method of note taking to help with the retention of the material. 

During this year long course students will learn about: 

  • Scientific Method: understanding the means by which information is collected, how it is interpreted, how one hypothesizes from available information, and how one draws conclusions and makes further predictions
  • Molecular &  Cellular Biology: chemical composition of organisms, simple chemical reactions and bonds, properties of water, chemical structure of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids, origin of life, cells, structure and function of cell organelles, properties of cell membranes, comparison of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, enzymes, enzyme-substrate complex, roles of coenzymes, inorganic cofactors, inhibition and regulation, energy transformations, glycolysis, respiration, and anaerobic pathways, photosynthesis, cell division, structure of chromosomes, mitosis, meiosis, and cytokinesis in plants and animals, chemical nature of the gene, Watson-Crick model of nucleic acids, DNA replication, mutations, control of protein synthesis: transcription, translation, and post transcriptional processing, structural and regulatory genes, transformation, viruses
  • Organismal Biology: structure and function in plants with emphasis on angiosperms, parts of a plant, water/mineral absorption and transport, food storage, plant reproduction and development, alternation of generations in ferns, conifers, and flowering plants, gamete formation and fertilization, growth and development: hormonal control, tropisms and photoperiodicity, structure and function in animals with emphasis on vertebrates, major systems, homeostatic mechanisms, hormonal control in homeostasis and reproduction, animal reproduction and development, gamete formation and fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, germ layer formation, and differentiation of organ systems, experimental analysis of vertebrate development, extra embryonic membranes of vertebrates, formation and function of the mammalian placenta, blood circulation in the human embryo, principles of heredity, mendelian inheritance, chromosomal basis of inheritance, linkage; including sex-linked, polygenic inheritance, multiple alleles
  • Population Biology: principles of ecology, energy flow and productivity in ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, population growth and regulation, habitat (biotic and abiotic factors), concept of niche, island biogeography, evolutionary ecology, principles of evolution, history of evolutionary concepts, concepts of natural selection, adaptive radiation, major features of plant and animal evolution, concepts of homology and analogy, convergence, extinction, balanced polymorphism, and genetic drift, classification of living organisms, evolutionary history of humans, principles of behavior, stereotyped and learned social behavior, societies (insects, birds, and primates), social biology, human population growth, human intervention in the natural world (management of resources, and environmental pollution), biomedical progress (control of human reproduction, and genetic engineering
  • Labs & Hands-on Activities: reinforce the knowledge of facts, principles, and processes of biology.
  • Student Exhibition Project: students compile all of their work into a portfolio to display at Student Exhibition.

Homework: students are expected to read and prepare for classes ahead of time and will have approximately 2 hours of homework outside of class a week. Open note Quizzes and Exams make up  part of this class and students may need additional time to study at home.  

Grading: parents can opt-in at the beginning of the academic year to receive a midterm and final grade for this class for their transcripts. This class prepares students to potentially take the Biology CLEP exam on their own at the end of the year. Parents may schedule the CLEP exam at their discretion and at the institution they choose.

"Her"story:

It’s time for herstory—a celebration of not only what girls can do, but the remarkable things women have already accomplished, even when others tried to stop them! 

During this deep dive and creative approach to learn more about women in history, this project based class incorporates: writing, art journaling, public speaking and presentation skills exploring women in history that didn't make it to the "text books." 

Students will discover what amazing women accomplished while completing: 

  • Informative Lecture: following the Learning Streams optimum class structure, students receive approximately 30 minutes of active learning through multimedia presentation, stimulating reading passages, and interactive discussion to thoroughly engage students into passionate and not passive learning. 
  • Socratic Dialogue: students have ample time to discuss their thoughts and opinions through guided discussion and gentle debate with their peers.
  • Written Expression: students will be challenged to write independently through writing prompts provided by the educator and journal their own thoughts freely in their portfolio or art journal. Work  will not be corrected or graded to facilitate the creative writing process and to build student confidence in written expression. 
  • Art Journal: using a variety of creative techniques and materials, students have a beautiful remembrance of the women they studied in a meaningful way that reflects their personal art style. 
  • Public Speaking: during the course of the year, students have many opportunities to hone in on their public speaking skills through presentations in class and to other studio classes. 
  • Woman Appreciation Symposiums: twice per year, students present using Google Slides on a woman they’ve recently read, studied, or wanted to learn more about and whom they admire.
  • Student Exhibition Project: students compile all of their work into a portfolio to display at Student Exhibition.

Homework: reading, research, and occasional work outside of the classroom may be assigned.

Grading: parents can opt-in at the beginning of the academic year to receive a midterm and final grade exam for this class for their transcripts.

Note: High school credit is not awarded but classes can be placed on a transcript that a Connecticut based parent creates.

This is a proposed schedule and classes are subject to change based on educator and class enrollment and will be finalized July 31, 2022.