The Water Street Learning Center is an inspiring, welcoming and engaging space where learning can happen through a diversity of approaches. Our goal is to facilitate opportunities for group learning that strengthen the whole community.  Please join us!


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CURRENT YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS

PLAYWORKS

PlayWorks is a two-day weekly homeschool enrichment program for children ages 4-13. The the Maple Band (ages 4-6) is led by Bill Huntington. They focus on play based learning, outdoor time, and fostering positive social interactions. The Chickadees (ages 6-10) is led by Suzanne Balbo. They focus on building literacy skills, outdoor play and exploration, socialization, games and stories. The Owls (ages 10-13) is led by Leah Trommer. They focus on project based activities, problem solving in a group setting, and outdoor education.

This program is cooperatively run by the families of participating children and relies heavily upon family involvement.

Dates and Time: September-June, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am-2:30pm


 THE ECOLOGY BRIDGE PROGRAM

The Ecology Bridge Program is a homeschooling enrichment program for students ages 12 to 15 (grades 7-10). This program offers a bridge between middle and high school, and serves as a bridge between a two-day independent program and the future five-day publicly funded charter school. The program is based out of Liberty, Maine on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00-3:00. The 2018-2019 program begins September 25 and ends June 5.

The primary focus of the Ecology Bridge program is to foster strong social-emotional and collaborative work skills. Through problem solving activities, team-building challenges, and community service projects, students learn to communicate effectively and work interdependently in pairs, small groups, and as a whole. Courses include Spanish, Math-Design, Human Ecology, and Field Studies throughout Maine. We maximize time outdoors to increase our understanding of and connection to the natural world.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the curriculum will be divided into three broad themes: Food, (September to December), Shelter (January to March), and Water (April to June). These integrating themes will be woven into all lessons (Spanish, Math-Design, Human Ecology, and Field Studies). Students will have voice and choice in what specific topic they would like to learn more about (for the Food unit, one student may delve into wild foraging while another designs a new tool to help farmers harvest or preserve crops).

You can learn more at www.ecologylearningcenter.org.


SUMMER PROGRAMS 2018

Theater from Top to Bottom 

Ages 6-10 Have you ever wanted to act, sing, make costumes and sets? We will do it all in this active camp making a play from scratch, presenting to our parents on the final day. Your counselors are Bill Huntington and Toki Oshima. Please pack a backpack with a snack, lunch and small water bottle. Performance will be Thursday, July 6th at 12:00 noon, following a morning of final preparation. Celebratory Pot Luck snacks to follow.  $250

for more information contact Toki Oshima at 549-3820 or tokiartcompany@gmail.com

Castles, Dragons and Fairies

Ages 5-9 We will be creating our own castle,  making a dragon costume and fairy houses. Group games, singing, dancing and acting will be part of our time together. We will be on stage to show our parents a final production on the last day.  Your counselors are Lisa Newcomb and Toki Oshima. Please pack a backpack with a snack, lunch and small water bottle. Performance will be Thursday, July 20th at 12:00 noon, following a morning of final preparation. Celebratory Pot Luck snacks to follow. $180

for more information contact Toki Oshima at 549-3820 or tokiartcompany@gmail.com

PAST PROGRAMS

Bill Huntington and Toki Oshima for an engaging 4-week summer program, Monday-Thursdays from 9:00am-1:30pm. Our base will be the Water Street Learning Center, and our playground will be the woods and along the St. George River. We will have time for making things, time for singing, and time to explore our beautiful wooded area, in a celebration of summer with a gang of friends.

Blending Colors June 29, 30, July 1, 2
During this week, we will be having fun with color; water color and tempera painting, tie dyeing t shirts, overlaying tissue paper and making potions with magical mixtures.

Building Week July 6, 7, 8, 9
This is a week for building houses from found objects and lumber, and making both bark boats and sail boats to sail on the river.

Theater from Top to Bottom July 13, 14, 15, 16
Have you ever wanted to act, sing, make costumes and sets? We will do it all in this active week of making a play from a folktale, presenting to our parents on the final day.

For children ages 4-10, enrollment is limited

$125 each week

Please pack a backpack with a snack, lunch and small water bottle, so your child can carry their own food on our adventures. (not a huge heavy backpack with gallons of water!) Please come already wearing sunscreen and insect repellent which we request to be put on by the parent before the day starts. (Please use your own products, due to other's sensitivities)

For more information, contact Toki Oshima at 549-3820


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