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How do Whole Children classes work in COVID times?

Summer session begins on July 6 and runs until August 21. Below is the class schedule. A membership for 7 weeks is only $150 for unlimited classes! Keep an eye out below for in-person vs. virtual classes as we are beginning re-opening protocols for students!

To sign up for classes as a returning member, sign in on the Parent Portal.

Summer Session: July 6 - August 21, 2021

Mondays

Minecraft - All ages, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Join us in the pixelated world of Minecraft, where gamers explore and build to their hearts’ content! On our designated Minecraft Server, students interact with one another while being in the game world, and while chatting with their friends online. Teachers are ready to help those just learning to play, and to model appropriate social skills. Minecraft at Whole Children promotes cooperation and enhances students’ ability to negotiate space and resources. “Minecraft Java Edition” is required for this class. A personal account can be purchased at Minecraft.net for $26.95. Note: the tablet version, and Windows 10 version does not work for this class.

Self-Advocacy - Ages 16+, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Self-Advocacy is a class for developing the skills needed to speak up and to have self-determination. In this class, choice of specific topics covered as well as the discussions that take place are typically participant-led and staff-facilitated. It’s a great place to explore how to best speak for yourself and be responsible for your life as well as the challenges you may face.

Yoga Dance - Ages 13+, 4:00-4:45 p.m.

Move to the sounds of fabulous music at your own pace to improve flexibility, strength, and balance. Experience a reduction in stress, improved cardiovascular fitness, and well-being of body, mind, and spirit in a warm and welcoming group setting.

Friendship Band - Ages 16+, 4:00-5:00 p.m. IN-PERSON!

"We got the Rock and Roll Beat! We’ll knock you off of your feet! We are the Friendship Band!" We are so thrilled to be getting the band back together! Come join in the Fun of making music with The Friendship Band, Whole Children’s resident rock group. We will play our old hits and create new songs together! We will explore writing lyrics, composing melodies, and matching rhythms as a group, and we will continue to generate ideas for The Friendship Bands future LIVE shows – including costumes, choreography, and adding in video to the gigs. Like the song says "Friendship is a good idea, the best ideas will save the world!"

Discord Weekly Hangout - All ages, 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Come hang out with your friends on Discord. Show off your room, talk about your latest projects, or just say what’s on your mind.

Among Us (video game) - All ages, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Join the crew and work together to explore the three sci-fi-themed maps. Complete various tasks while always keeping an eye out for anyone acting...suspicious. Among Us is a game of teamwork and deception. Pitting the crew against the randomly selected imposter(s), whose only goal is to sabotage and eliminate the crew without getting caught. New and veteran players welcome. Come learn the maps, location names, and tasks. Share strategy, tactics, and most importantly learn how to not be ‘SUS.’ Among Us is a free app for Android and iPhone devices. It is also available on PC via Steam for $4.99. The PC version is recommended for the best experience but not required. The game is cross-platform and students can play together over all relevant devices. Note: Not available on mac computers; Among Us is available only on PC, Android, and iPhone.

LGBTQIA+ Group - Ages 16+, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

LGBTQIA+ Group is a place where you can meet other folks your age with the same or similar identity to you. It is a group for discussing issues unique to the LGBTQIA+ community, for support, for community building, for strengthening confidence and self-esteem, as well as for learning tools for self-advocacy. If any of that sounds interesting to you, join us!

Songwriting - Ages 13+, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Do you like listening to music and talking about musical artists? Whether it’s be-bop, rap, rock, or something else, this class is for you. We’ll share favorite songs and explore what makes them great. Then we’ll create some new music and lyrics ourselves!

Tuesdays

Growing Up - Ages 8-14, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

This class is designed to help kids learn about friendship and socialization, personal boundaries, and becoming more comfortable within a group dynamic. We’ll also discuss and practice consent and self-advocacy. We’ll use Discord as a platform and toss in some video games in each class!

Theater - Ages 13+, 4:00-5:00 p.m. IN-PERSON!

Theater Director Matt Meers will introduce a number of performance styles and acting techniques in this in-person class. Learning the difference between performing for a live audience or in front of a camera will offer the participants the chance to explore ways to adapt and present themselves in the different genres. The course will culminate in a presentation of their work. Please sign up for either Tuesday or Thursday's class.

Men's Group - Ages 18+, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

What is a real man, anyway?! Men's Group is a place where men come together, give each other support, and discover all of the ways we can be good men. Come join us!

Video Game Club - All ages, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Jump on Discord to play with your friends in Smash Brothers, Pokémon, or maybe your favorite indie game! Play alone and talk with others or connect in games with multiplayer functionality and play together. We usually play games on the Nintendo Switch console, but feel free to log on with any games you want to share or talk about.

Wednesdays

Harry Potter Book Club (Book 2) - All ages, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

In Harry Potter Club we'll explore the magical elements of the Potterverse! We'll play games and discover our patronus, wand, and Hogwarts house. Join us to hang out with fellow Harry Potter fans, watch a movie and discuss the books and all things Harry Potter!

Whole Children's Jurassic World - Ages 13+, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

In Whole Children’s Jurassic World we’ll be watching and exploring all aspects of the classic science fiction franchise, Jurassic Park! This student requested favorite will be the center of our class activities, discussions, and imaginations. Join us to view and talk about all things Jurassic Park, dinosaurs, and the fun and exciting world of science fiction!

Fitness - All ages, 4:00-4:45 p.m.

Let's work out together! We'll do all sorts of exercises in this class to build strength and do something with all our energy. This class is for anyone! Workouts will be designed to make and keep the body happy, and can be modified based on ability.

Boundaries and Relationships - Ages 18+, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Want to make a friend? Get a date? We can help! This class lays the groundwork for a life full of meaningful, healthy and safe relationships. In Boundaries and Relationships, we establish a learning community that can last many consecutive sessions (sometimes years!) as students move through our Whole Selves’ relationships curriculum. Come to learn, make friends, and get support as you grow into adulthood.

Joyful Chorus - Ages 13+, 4:00-5:00 p.m. IN-PERSON!

Encapsulating the spirit of Whole Children, our Joyful Chorus is a truly inclusive and, of course, joyful opportunity for students to come together in song with teachers and peer mentors.

Thursdays

Creative Writing - Ages 13+, 3:00-3:45 p.m.

A workshop for writing and telling stories of all kinds! We'll be collaborating on one big, group project. And, we'll be sharing and working on individual stories, too!

JackBox Games - All ages, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Quiplash, Fibbage, Drawful... these may sound like weird, made-up words, but they are actually beloved games thousands of people are playing online together right now through something called Jackbox Party Pack. With almost all of the party packs at our disposal, no class is ever the same. Each game is a battle of wits, charm, and sometimes drawing skills, so come prepared! All you need is a phone, tablet or computer and you can play along with your friends!

Theater - Ages 13+, 4:00-5:00 p.m. IN-PERSON!

Theater Director Matt Meers will introduce a number of performance styles and acting techniques in this in-person class. Learning the difference between performing for a live audience or in front of a camera will offer the participants the chance to explore ways to adapt and present themselves in the different genres. The course will culminate in a presentation of their work. Please sign up for either Tuesday or Thursday's class.

Cozy Gaming Club - All ages, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Does fishing on a pixelated lake, tending to growing, virtual gardens, and collecting digital butterflies sound like fun? If so, our Cozy Gaming class is for you! Build virtual communities together, utilize team work to find resources, or simply spend some time with new and old friends as you unwind with game like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, and more!

Photography - All ages, 5:00-6:00 p.m. IN-PERSON!

Say Cheese! Do you love taking pictures or being in them? Do you want to learn more about taking great photos while having a super fun time? Milestones Rec. is offering a Photography class on Thursday evenings 5 p.m.-6 p.m., where each week participants will create and share their own photographs. We will learn what to look for and how to “critique” a photo and explore different styles of photography, such as portrait, nature, documentary, abstract, and photo-filters. A “virtual gallery” of the pictures we create will be displayed at the end of the session.

Fridays

Boundaries & Relationships - Ages 16+, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Want to make a friend? Get a date? We can help! This class lays the groundwork for a life full of meaningful, healthy and safe relationships. In Boundaries and Relationships, we establish a learning community that can last many consecutive sessions (sometimes years!) as students move through our Whole Selves’ relationships curriculum. Come to learn, make friends, and get support as you grow into adulthood.

Friday Events - All ages, 4:00-5:00 p.m. IN-PERSON!

Join us at Whole Children for weekly in-person events! Each Friday we will host different activities. You will need to register for each activity that you want to attend. You will not be able to participate unless you register ahead of time. You can register for each Friday Event by calling the front office at (413) 585-8010. These events are all covered in the membership fee of $150.

Bike Path Walk July 9th– Walk and talk on the bike path with your friends.

Video Game Group July 16thGet together and play video games with your friends in the building.

Art Walk July 23rd– Walk talk and draw on the bike path with your friends.

Kick Ball July 30th- Have fun playing a few games of kickball with your friends.

Bike Path Walk August 6th – Walk and talk on the bike path with your friends.

Video Game Group August 13thGet together and play video games with your friends in the building.
August 20th will be a rain date for outside activities if needed.

Dungeons & Dragons - All ages, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

From dungeons to dragons, and everything in-between! Come take part in a unique role-playing experience where you and other members of your adventuring party create characters, overcome obstacles, and explore the world. Veteran players and newcomers are welcome.

Kung-Fu - All ages, 4:30-5:30 p.m. IN-PERSON!

In Indonesian Kung-Fu, or “Silat”, students learn both physical and verbal self-defense and martial arts skills, with a focus on cooperation, respect, self-awareness, and self-control.  Students earn stripes and belts at their own pace, while learning the values of hard work and determination. Each session culminates in a presentation and board-breaking demonstration! Families may purchase shirt, belt and pants from the instructor. During these times of social distancing, self-defense is taught without the instructor making physical contact with the students but this will likely change in future sessions.

Super Smash Brothers & Mario Kart - All ages, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of cartoony stress-relief, as we select our favorite Nintendo icons and playfully throw our friends off the stage. Whether your preference is to embrace the chaos of all the items or to rely on your character's own strength to win, we have a place set up for that! We will also be offering Mario Kart occasionally throughout the night, in case racing is more your speed. Feel free to join in the fun or spectate from the sidelines, but remember to be supportive of your pals! A Nintendo Switch and Super Smash Brothers or Mario Kart are required to play, along with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Saturdays

Minecraft - All ages, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Join us in the pixelated world of Minecraft, where gamers explore and build to their hearts’ content! On our designated Minecraft server, students interact with one another while being in the game world, and while chatting with their friends online. Teachers are ready to help those just learning to play, and to model appropriate social skills. Minecraft at Whole Children promotes cooperation and enhances students’ ability to negotiate space and resources. “Minecraft Java Edition” is required for this class. A personal account can be purchased at Minecraft.net for $26.95. Note: the tablet version, and Windows 10 version does not work for this class.

Comic Writing - Ages 13+, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Feel like you have a story to tell, but you would rather use pictures? Why not make it a comic! We will talk about different styles such as comic strips, or manga, as well as different formats such as standard pages, or webtoons. Whether it is for your own personal project, trying to publish your work online, or just wanting to hang out with friends while you draw, we would love to have you join us! Please come with a supportive attitude towards your fellow writers/artists.

Anime Shows and Movies - Ages 13+, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Relax and watch anime with your friends! Many think of anime as a genre, but it is actually just another way that stories can be told, with many different genres to explore. This class offers a forum for everyone to share their favorite shows with each other, which treats us to a large variety of storytelling and art. Thursdays, students will pick an anime show to share, while Saturdays will be longer showings so we can watch entire movies together. Anime can contain both constructive and somewhat questionable messages about society and values, so during and after the film our teachers invite students to participate in thoughtful discussion, while also cracking a few jokes and gushing about our favorite characters.

Pokémon and Animal Crossing - All ages, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

We have combined two Nintendo favorites into one class! Both games have plenty to offer in the way of cooperative or competitive online experiences, so feel free to join us if you have either game. Show off your island, get that perfect turnip price, or trade for fruit in Animal Crossing. In Pokemon, you can also expect to trade and show off your accomplishments, but you can also battle with your friends and talk about competitive strategies.

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Links for Zoom classes will be emailed to members when payment has been received, and when registration forms have been submitted.

For Discord, the current link will remain accessible to the general public, regardless of membership status, for sending private messages to friends; and it will be moderated by teachers. However, only members will be able to take part in weekly Discord-accessible classes, and only members will have access to the server’s voice chat function.

Looking at our spring session class schedule, you may notice that we are offering a number of new classes! For example, check out "Whole Children's Jurassic World," and "Performance for Stage & Screen." Detailed class descriptions can be found by clicking on the classes above.

Questions? Please email Maggie Rice or call 413-585-8010.

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