Spring Schedule 2020 CANCELLED

Below is our Spring 2020 Class Schedule.

 

Your child is not required to register for classes in order to be a member of HAA.  The online registration form must be submitted for all members, including those who officially enroll in classes and those who choose not to enroll in classes.  You will find all fees and payment details in the online form.  

 

Classes and fall/winter/spring meet-ups take place at the Parkridge Community Center, unless otherwise noted. 

 

Please note: HAA may or may not be canceled when other local schools are canceled due to inclement whether. Please check email/facebook Friday morning for updates.   

The Fall 2020 Schedule will be released in mid-August 2020.  Please contact us with future class or teacher requests.

Spring Welcome & Open House

March 13 ***CANCELLED***

1st Hour - Fridays 12:00-12:50pm

**Cancelled**

March 20, 27

April 3, 10, 17

May 1

Found Percussion

Age: 8+                

Class limit: 15

Cost: $55

Room: Gym

This class focuses on rhythm play and exploring music making with non-traditional instruments such as buckets, cups, boxes, and other 'found" items.  When taught in the past body percussion is also used as a means of making music and students have created their own instruments from some of the found materials that students can bring in (tin cans, bottles, etc.).  Large buckets and drum sticks will be provide by the instructor.


Rebekah Weaver Bio
 I am a second year PhD student in the Music Education program at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Ann Arbor, I taught middle and high school band full time for 12 years in Indiana. I also taught private percussion lessons, worked with marching band percussion sections, and played in several area orchestras and community bands. I have a Bachelor of Science in Instrumental Music Education and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance, both from Ball State University. Upon graduating from Michigan I plan to pursue a career at the collegiate level as a teacher educator, helping others learn how to grow as future music educators. 

Introduction to Homesteading

Ages 5+                                              

Class limit: 12

Cost: $55 + $30 Materials Fee  

Room:  Art Room

A hands on approach to learning basic homesteading skills.  Students will participate in learning about food preservation, baking, sewing, cob building, weaving, and herbal wellness. This class is open to all ages, but will be heavily focused on the hands on.  So with many younger students the instructor is requesting the assistance of willing parents. 

Baking: We’ll have fun in the kitchen while we practice following steps of a recipe and use measuring tools to bake granola. There’s ingredients to explore and taste while we discuss and write your own recipe. 

Herbal Wellness: Learn how to brew your own herbal infusions for tea and making salves. We’ll craft a batch of moisturizing salve and learn about plants we can use in our area. 

Sewing: Being able to make repairs on your favorite clothes is empowering! We’ll cover some basic sewing techniques and show some fun ways to mend an item. Have small sewing kit and fabric pieces to practice making a mend/adding button. 

Weaving: This ancient fiber art form is used in many different ways. Start your own tapestry to create a special woven piece to take home. Each kid gets a cardboard loom to set up and start weaving on. 

Cob Building: Learn how to mix up your own batch of cob to build with. We’ll get our hands messy and practice techniques to create our own fairy houses. 

Food Preservation: Be able to enjoy food from your garden all year long. Learn different ways to keep and store your harvest for future use. We’ll practice one method of preservation for making a healthy snack. 

*Please notify of any allergies*
 
Mary and her husband David live in an old farmhouse in Ypsilanti with their sons, Tilden and Rye. It’s here they practice a medley of homesteading skills, gather with family, and play music. They’re both educators by trade and follow their hearts to share heirloom skills with people of all ages. Their adventures can be followed on Instagram @copperbearshire.

Minecraft Club

All Ages

Class Fee: Free
Limit 10

Room: Computer Lab

Join other HAA students who enjoy Mindcraft. We will use this time to meet together and play this fun computer game. This is a parent run club not class. There is no teacher over site so parents are in charge of there children. We remind you that the computers at Park have no restrictions and are open to the web. As we learned from this last semester students need to download Minecraft each time and then they will be able to play.
 

Reading Comprehension

Recommended Ages: K-2nd grade

Class Fee $55
Class limit: 12

Room: Rec Classroom

Come join our fun, high-energy reading club where students will participate in games
and activities designed to teach beginning and developing reading skills. Students will learn
catchy cheers and movements as well as participate in multi-leveled games to learn word
patterns and sight words. They will slither around the room sliding sounds together or throw
“snowballs” at each other to create words. Activities will be differentiated to target specific skills
that students are working on — letter id and sound, rhyming, sight words, word pattern
recognition as well as comprehension strategies. Games and activities can easily be played at
home to further enhance reading success by providing meaningful, consistent repetitions. If you
like to “play all day,” “rub-a-dub-dub,” come join our reading club!

Liz Summers-Fisher is a certified reading specialist. Her passion is to help students develop
their reading skills, especially those who struggle. She has taught for over 20 years and served
as the Reading Specialist/Intervention Specialist for 7 of those years with Dexter Community
Schools. Liz was the Program Coordinator for Bates Elementary’s (Dexter) R.E.A.D. program,
which won “Best in Michigan, Language Arts.” She has trained staff, parents, community
members and over 100 Eastern Michigan prospective teachers on effective reading strategies.
Liz has presented reading strategies at both the Michigan Reading Association and the
International Reading Association. She loves to work with both parents and students to ensure
student success.

Ancient Ireland Role-Playing (D & D Potato Barbers)

Ages: 9+

Class Fee: $55
Class limit: 10

Room: Library

 

Imagine going back in time - about 1200 AD - to Cork County, Ireland. Join an adventure with other druids, magicians and rangers as you search ruins and castles for the missing Book of Kells. Using the role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition), but with real maps, historical facts and myths, and a number of brain-teasers, children learn history, math, science, writing and social skills. Playing this game is better than any video game out there!

Note: Please indicate in registration if you are registering for the first time in D&D so we can create a character for you before the first class. For existing students, while you can register for a different section you will likely be jumping into a different place in the adventure if you change to the other D&D class from the one in which you were previously enrolled.

Instructor Linda Sattler has been a Dungeon Master for 39 years. Recently, she started creating historical campaigns and incorporated various factual information in her adventures as a learning tool. She has taught her own children as well as several dozen others role playing games for 11 years in Ann Arbor. She led several dungeon-writing workshops for children, which resulted in three child-led campaigns at DungeonFest. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, and is a statistical consultant and adjunct professor in her spare time.

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2nd Hour - Fridays 1:00-1:50pm

**CANCELLED**

Figure Drawing and Watercolor

Ages: 9+                                                  

Class Limit: 12

Cost per child:  $55 + $30 materials          
Room: Art Classroom

Students will work with local artist Keith McGuire on learning and improving there techniques and work on life drawing, shading, depth, perspective, and more. The students who sign-up will help to decide what direction this class will take. However, they move forward all students will be challenged. Students will each be getting supplies to use in class and at home that will allow them to work on their new skills.        

 

​Keith McGuire a self-taught watercolorist, graphic designer and art teacher. Keith’s works have been strongly influenced by the locations he has lived. West Florida, the hill country of Texas, and the Big Island of Hawaii have nurtured a deep love of nature and a variety of environments. Keith currently resides in Saline, MI, just outside of Ann Arbor.

As a watercolor artist, Keith’s paintings have always leaned toward a realistic interpretation of nature, birds being of the greatest interest. Other interests include his love of texture, granite, lichens on both rock and tree branches, tree roots, old buildings, aged barnwood and rusted metal roofs. Lately, Keith’s interest has turned Back to Florida, trying to find what’s left of the flora and fauna of his youth within the suburban sprawl of Sarasota and Venice, Florida, but he also enjoys painting the beautiful farmscapes around him.

Keith McGuire also teaches watercolors and drawing for both adults and children. Keith has developed a deep passion for passing on what he has learned over 35 years. He also enjoys the fact, he has 2-3 hrs with a captive audience, where his students are forced to listen to his many mis-adventures, and oh yeah, Keith has a lot of them (at least the kid’s like them)! Keith believes in developing good drawing fundamentals in young kids, so they are there for the rest of their lives. Ingrained early, these fundamentals will help them achieve their artistic goals much sooner!

Gym

Ages : Under 12

Class Fee : $55
No class limit

Room: Gym

 

We will play a variety of games that may be new to you! Please be sure to join us for a lot of fun, exercise, and laughter!!! This class will get you moving and having fun! This class will be focused on the older students and there skill level. Please consider your child's size and skill level when placing them.

Ancient Ireland Role-Playing (D&D Animal Tamers)

Animal Tamers   

Ages 9+             

Cost: $55 per child                   

Class limit 10

Location: Library

Imagine going back in time - about 1200 AD - to Cork County, Ireland. Join an adventure with other druids, magicians and rangers as you search ruins and castles for the missing Book of Kells. Using the role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition), but with real maps, historical facts and myths, and a number of brain-teasers,
children learn history, math, science, writing and social skills. Playing this game is better than any video game out there! 


Note: Please indicate in registration if you are registering for the first time in D&D so we can create a character for you before the first class.  For existing students, while you can register for a different section you will likely be jumping into a different place in the adventure if you change to the other D&D class from the one in which you were previously enrolled. 
                        
Instructor Linda Sattler has been a Dungeon Master for 39 years. Recently, she started creating historical campaigns and incorporated various factual information in her adventures as a learning tool. She has taught her own children as well as several dozen others role playing games for 11 years in Ann Arbor. She led several dungeon-writing workshops for children, which resulted in three child-led campaigns at DungeonFest. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, and is a statistical consultant and adjunct professor in her spare time.

Nutty Scientist - S.T.E.A.M. Science Part 2

Grades: Pre-K- 1st  

Class Limit: 12                 

Cost: $ 55 + $15 Materials
Room : Front Classroom

Description: The lessons for this class will explore all type of science in part two of our introductory crash course. We will be doing a lot of hands on experiments but our main goal for this session to to grow enthusiasm for science and learn the power of observation! Part one is not required to take this class.

Classes (in no particular order):

Topics

Bees -  How can something so tiny be so important? Today we learn about bees!

Little Architects -  Today we will do a construction challenge. Can you build the tallest tower? Maybe the longest bridge? Learn which forms create strong structures.

Robots - We’ve done robots before, but we now have a new mini one with many exciting ways to code!

Density -  Does it sink? Does it float? Find out why!Lego Challenge Everybody loves LEGOS! We want to challenge our scientists to use them to create a vehicle!

Explosive science - On this day we will learn about the importance of a hypothesis by experiment with Mentos and soda!!
Individual topics are subject to change
 

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3rd Hour - Fridays 2:00-2:50pm

**CANCELLED**

Writing Club

All Ages                                        

Cost: Free
Room: Computer Lab
Student led by Crysania Dangoor

This is a continuation of last semester’s informal club to share ideas and work on fiction writing and editing — though new participants (ages 8–adult) are very welcome, of course! Participants are welcome to suggest more specific projects, writing prompts, and discussion topics as well. This is a fun way to share ideas and advice, and writing in a group can give your writing a boost, whether you’re a new or experienced writer. Happy writing! 

Theater

All Ages                                        

Class Limit: None

Cost: $55
Room: Front Classroom

This class is an introduction to using theater as a tool for learning.  Theater games create opportunities for students to grow their own expressive imaginations while also learning to work in a group.  The “games” introduce stage directions, character development, and storytelling.  We’ll also expand into improv activities which allows for more informed creative expression. Join our Theater class and be a part of the Spring 2020 Show on May 15th.

Jaclyn Morrow has explored movement on stage and off, in its various forms for over 20 years. Jaclyn was a member of the Blue Moves Modern Dance Company, Nomobugunte Drum and Dance Troupe, and a choreographer in the Senior Dance Company of Middle Tennessee. She has also worked with Art Smart Nashville, as a theater, dance, and visual Teaching Artist, and Voices, a program that teaches cultures through their arts. Jaclyn has taught and performed with the Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio, Like Water Drum and Dance, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor YMCA, Fly Art Center, Chelsea Area Players Youth, Wild Swan Theater, and was the Resident Youth Theater Director at the Plymouth Community Arts Council.  She is also beginning to work with University Musical Society as a teaching artist.  She loves bringing creative opportunities to kids through Theater. There is so much to explore!  

Nutty Scientists-"Mystical" Science

Ages: 2nd-5th Grade                  

Class Limit: 15

Cost: $55 + $15

Room: Art Classroom

 

Science: It’s like magic but REAL. In this course we will explore the science behind things that seem like magic! From brain tricks to transforming objects, our Nutty Scientists will not only learn science skills, but magician skills as well!

Classes (in no particular order):

Optical Illusions - Not everything is as it appears. In this class we will explore the science of optical Illusions
Wands! -  Can we make a feather float? Not only will we get to make our own wands, we will make thing levitate (but with science)
Transfiguration - In this class will learn how to transform everyday objects with the “magic” of chemicals
Herbology - We’ll explore chromatography with plants!
Potions- Today we will explore acids and bases in our potions class
Math and Magic - We will learn to perform real magic tricks…well real sneaky magic tricks! Learn how math can be used to trick your friends and family.

Individual topics are subject to change
 

Ancient Ireland Role-Playing Adventure (D&D Crippling Debt)

Crippling Debt Group

Ages 9+             

Cost per Child: $55            

Class limit 10

Class Location: TBD

Imagine going back in time - about 1200 AD - to Cork County, Ireland. Join an adventure with other druids, magicians and rangers as you search ruins and castles for the missing Book of Kells. Using the role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition), but with real maps, historical facts and myths, and a number of brain-teasers,
children learn history, math, science, writing and social skills. Playing this game is better than any video game out there! 
                        
Note: Please indicate in registration if you are registering for the first time in D&D so we can create a character for you before the first class.  For existing students, while you can register for a different section you will likely be jumping into a different place in the adventure if you change to the other D&D class from the one in which you were previously enrolled. 


Instructor Linda Sattler has been a Dungeon Master for 39 years. Recently, she started creating historical campaigns and incorporated various factual information in her adventures as a learning tool. She has taught her own children as well as several dozen others role playing games for 11 years in Ann Arbor. She led several dungeon-writing workshops for children, which resulted in three child-led campaigns at DungeonFest. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, and is a statistical consultant and adjunct professor in her spare time.

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4th Hour - Fridays 3:00-3:50pm

**CANCELLED

Book Club

All Ages                                        

Cost : $55 + $25 Materials

Class Limit: None
Room: Art Room

** This class meets once a month**
Class dates 3/27, 4/17, 5/8, 6/19, 7/17, 8/14, 9/18


We will meet on the dates listed to do crafts, experiments, and games associated with the book of the month. (possible field trips)  These are great books for family read aloud especially for children of multiple ages.  While the books are at different levels, here are brief “what you should know” about each book listed. Parents can change out any book that they want and still enjoy our meetings. Feel Free to ask Courtney Runchey any questions you have.

3/27 – When life gives you O.J.      
For years, 10-year-old Zelly Fried has tried to convince her parents to let her have a dog. After all, practically everyone in Vermont owns a dog, and it sure could go a long way helping Zelly fit in since moving there from Brooklyn. But when her eccentric grandfather Ace hatches a ridiculous plan involving a “practice dog” named O.J., Zelly’s not so sure how far she’s willing to go to win a dog of her own. Is Ace’s plan so crazy it just might work . . . or is it just plain crazy?

For this meeting we will make our own O.J. Dogs, talk about pet ownership, what makes a good pet and what doesn’t, and make a poster of the pet of our dreams. 

4/17 – From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Author Konigsburg's tale of a young girl's escape into a search for identity — her own and Angel's — in one of the world's greatest museums was awarded a 1967 Newbery Medal, as well as named an American Library Association Notable Book, and "Best of the Best" by the School Library Journal. Illustrated by Konigsburg's own expressionistic line drawings, the book remains a modern classic.

For this meeting we will be creating our own file of the museums in our local area. We will be looking at what they have to offer and choosing which one they would like to stay at overnight if they had the option and what exhibit they would want to stay in. Possibly arrange a field trip to the museum that was most selected by students, this depends on parent and children’s interest. 

5/8 – Book Scavenger

A captivating, engaging mystery set in San Francisco with a 12-year-old girl as protagonist. It includes puzzles, ciphers, and codes, in addition to detective work. A prominent character is shot in the back and spends the majority of the novel unconscious as preteens work to solve the mystery of his attack while also participating in a book scavenger hunt. The novel puts intellectual curiosity, puzzles, and problem-solving front and center while weaving in the true history of Edgar Allan Poe and other authors. A must-read for book and puzzle lovers.

For this meeting we will be working on creating our reading totes. Each student will get to decorate their own canvas tote that is perfect for caring their books and treasures this summer.  Along with the totes we will have a scavenger hunt and puzzles to solve. 

For the summer books I picked a theme of the “Moon” if any of the following are too much for your students or have themes that you would rather wait to talk to your children about than by all means swap the book for another of your choosing.  We had a wide range of ages interested and I wanted to get books that engage a wide age range. 

6/19 – Walk Two Moons

This is a complex novel of self-discovery in which a 13-year-old girl explores her cultural and personal heritage, and her country, all at once. This Newbery winner is rich and rewarding on many levels, with three generations of memorable characters, relatable families, and a sensitive portrayal of feelings of loss in a girl just approaching adulthood. The most challenging aspects of Walk Two Moons concern tragic events and intense sadness. Sal relates personal stories about her family and friends -- including one drunk-driving accident -- and some events are described in upsetting, gory detail. There's also a bit of tobacco smoking, and some exploratory 13-year-old kissing.

For this meetup we will create or own Moon Phase cards using glue and watercolors.  We will discuss why we see different phases of the moon. Look at start maps of what the night sky will look like from our vantage point over the summer, and make some constellation maps to use with flashlights. Possible field trip to a planetarium if there is interest. 

7/17 – Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

A charming fantasy with very low violence, making it a great family read-aloud for various ages. Minli's quest not only introduces her to many lessons about greed, but her mother also learns to value what is most important as she anxiously waits for her daughter to return.

For this meeting we will be making lanterns, kites, trying our hands at calligraphy, making dragon puppets, running a three legged race and making a compass like Minli in the book. 

8/14 – Girl who Drank the Moon

This is an expertly crafted fantasy with spiritual undertones and it won the 2017 Newbery Medal. It has a strong female protagonist, Luna, described as having curly black hair and amber skin. Luna's taken from her family and saved by a kindhearted witch who lovingly raises her but accidentally imbues her with magical powers. Other members of Luna's adopted family are a frisky young dragon and a wise, poetry-loving bog monster. Multiple storylines come together in a dramatic climax espousing the power of love and nonviolence.

For this meeting we will be enjoying our end to the moon theme in our books. We will be making bookmarks, making some moon sand and making origami birds filled with magic. 

9/18 – Wild Robot

About a shipwrecked robot who learns to survive by observing and befriending the animals native to her new island. Set in an indeterminate future when crates of robots are carted on cargo ships and climate change kicks up violent storms, the story mixes artificial intelligence with wilderness survival. Though Roz is a robot and doesn't have emotions, she's thoughtfully observant and programmed to be helpful and kind. With some possibly disturbing scenes with guns, dismemberment of robots, and death in the wild, the story's also filled with lessons about kindness and pluck. The chapters are short and punchy, and the book is dotted with Brown's appealing illustrations.

For this meeting we will be making a shelter, a robot, and learning about surviving in the wilderness. We will talk about the edible plants we have locally. 

World Dance Workout

Ages : Adult Class and Super Cool People

Paid to : Jaclyn Morrow
Room: Rec Classroom


World Dance Workout is heavily rooted in African dance, the mother of so many dance forms. Combined with strength training, toning, pilates and yoga this unique class, to world beat music, will have you sweating and smiling your way to a new you.

This class is for EVERYBODY! It is a total body workout.  It’s effective and challenging for beginners, seasoned dancers and fitness buffs. If you love to dance, don’t you want your exercise regime to incorporate dance? You’ll also get your strengthening, toning and stretching in.

Class is a drop-in fee of $12

Register for a 5 class card for $50 (card can be used until the end of the school year)

Please bring a yoga mat and small weights if you want!

THIS IS NOT A HAA CLASS

THIS IS AN ADULT CLASS AND PAID TO JACLYN MORROW DIRECTLY
 

HAA 4-H Youth Committee

Youth Committee Ages : All Ages

Cost : FREE
Room: Library

HAA youth committee to work on what areas the youth want to see HAA become invested in. So far the committee has had the first food drive for Hope Clinic. This group will decide what other types of service projects, field trips, events, and classes they want to see HAA become invested in. The first HAA dance is one of the things students will be working on for the Spring semester.
 

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Special Seminar at Parkridge and Fieldtrip to The Very Last Green Thing

April 24

DANCE!!!

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End of Year Party

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