Elementary Division Wednesday Explorations

In addition to its regularly scheduled classes, ATDP is proud to offer Wednesday Explorations: optional electives and enrichment workshops that help develop new skills and prepare for future academic endeavors.

Exploration descriptions can be found in the sections below. For complete instructions on enrolling in Wednesday Explorations, please refer to your Elementary Division acceptance packet.

Elementary Division Explorations


 

Virtual Insect Discovery Lab
For all grades
Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, walking sticks, whip scorpions and more! Students will be introduced to the extraordinary world of insects and other arthropods, and learn about their key role in the web of life. This program has been tailored for presentation via Zoom so that students can still experience science and nature during this difficult time.
Fee: $10
EDRX0100.1W Jul 1510:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Closed
EDRX0100.3W Jul 2210:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Closed
EDRX0100.5W Jul 2910:00 AM - 10:45 AMAvailable

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Boss Kid
An Exploration into Entrepreneurship
For students completing Grades 3 - 6
Are you a kid boss looking to learn more about being an entrepreneur? Do you want to learn how your creativity can help you earn money and success? Put on your business hat and get ready to learn the basics of being an entrepreneur. Together we will explore our strengths, learn about the kids who came before us, explore the art of negotiation, gain basic budgeting skills, and create a functioning business plan to get you started. This course will utilize Google Classroom and Flipgrid; so be prepared to write and record an elevator pitch.
Fee: $50
EDRX0130.2W Jul 151:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed
EDRX0130.4W Jul 221:00 PM - 4:30 PMAvailable
EDRX0130.6W Jul 291:00 PM - 4:30 PMAvailable

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The Game Academy: Enrichment Gaming through Dungeons and Dragons
For students completing Grades 3-6
Let your child's imagination run wild! Through Dungeons and Dragons adventures, students will play the role of an adventuring hero in a story that they share with their classmates. Our experienced Game Masters will carefully craft immersive experiences that are both educational and entertaining, designed to provide students with the opportunities to practice key communication skills and collaborate as a team, as they determine their character's actions within the story world. Instructors are from the Game Academy, which is dedicated to creating fun and safe spaces for all learners through collaborative storytelling in tabletop role-playing games.
Fee: $50
EDRX0131.2W Jul 151:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed
EDRX0131.4W Jul 221:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed
EDRX0131.6W Jul 291:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed

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Let's Talk About It
Reflection Prompts for Youth
Parent Exploration
Having meaningful and extended conversations with children can have a strong positive impact on literacy skills, social and emotional learning, and can just plain old build relationships and improve our quality of life. In this fun and interactive workshop we'll explore why conversations with children are so important, and learn and practice strategies for engaging in conversation. Of course, challenges can arise, and we'll work through some potential solutions together: What if we're tired or busy? Or if what the child says is incorrect or not what we would like to hear? This workshop is ideal for parents and guardians of children ages 2-10, but parents of older youth may find elements helpful as well.
Fee: $15
EDRX0190.1W Jul 1510:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Canceled
EDRX0190.2W Jul 151:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Canceled

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Parents Writing to Support Student Writing
Parent Exploration
Parents often ask how they can better support their children's writing. In this parent Exploration, we will take one of the most direct approaches. By doing our own writing, we'll learn and recall more about the joys and challenges of writing, which helps us better understand our child's experience as a writer. This writing group will employ the free-writing techniques of Natalie Goldberg, giving you the chance to express your own creativity, perceptions, feelings and thoughts, while also providing an opportunity to reflect on how our needs may be similar or different to that of our children's. Please have paper and pen materials on hand for this Exploration, as we will be experimenting with the differences between writing on paper as well as writing with a keyboard.
Fee: $15
EDRX0191.1W Jul 2210:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Canceled
EDRX0191.2W Jul 221:00 PM - 3:00 PMAvailable

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Social Emotional Learning
Parent Exploration
Frequent meltdowns? Heated power struggles? Tough tantrums? Fear of taking risks? Children show us how much they need more tools and skills in SEL in many ways. Come explore activities that build Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills – so you can transfer them to your children in your role as a parent. We’ll cover the what, why, and how of five of the most popular SEL skills: Growth Mindset, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Self-Awareness/Efficacy. We will also cover ways parents can boost their children’s resilience through 7 key parent practices.
Fee: $15
EDRX0192.1W Jul 2910:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Canceled
EDRX0192.2W Jul 291:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Canceled

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