Students do not have to be enrolled in Deerstream’s morning classes to enjoy Cafe and Play and afternoon enrichments. If you are not currently enrolled at Deerstream Learning Center but are interested in visiting or registering for an afternoon class, please email Kelly Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (919) 672-4954.
Afternoon Cafe & Play and Enrichment Classes (for ages 5-high school)
Join us for Café and Play―an opportunity for Deerstream students of all ages to eat lunch and socialize together!
Café and Play is offered on both Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:15-1:00 pm. Come just for lunch or stay for one of our many afternoon classes, featuring active and hands-on enrichment options.
Fall 2020 Afternoon Enrichment classes will be posted by April 1.
Afternoon Enrichment Classes
Afternoon enrichment classes are taught by experienced educators and run from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, following Café and Play sessions. Afternoon classes run in semester-long sessions. Check out examples of class projects and artwork on our Facebook page.
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Monday Enrichment, Spring Semester 2020
*Monday classes meet from January 13-April 27 with no class on January 20 or March 23.
Scrap Crafty Creative Building (Mondays, ages 5-12, Ashley Quigley)
When others see an empty cardboard box, do you see a lunar lander in need of tin foil solar panels? Or maybe you see a bakery with shelves just waiting to be stocked with colorful paper cupcakes? If this sounds like you, then come join our Scrap Crafty creative building class! We will use our imaginations to turn “trash” into one-of-a-kind treasures, learning some creative problem-solving techniques along the way. Each week will have a theme, such as “arcade games,” or “castles,” and students will use a variety of repurposed materials to complete the challenge. Come join in the fun!
Ashley Quigley is a homeschooling mom of four Deerstreamers and a former public school teacher. She has BA from UNC-CH and a Master of Social Work degree, but her real qualifications come from many years of building awesome creations out of her “scrap crafty” bin with her kids.
Storytelling for Kids (Mondays, ages 5-12, Donna Bingen)
This class will allow your child’s imagination to run wild! Storytelling is a fun way to teach children about public speaking, characterization, plot and more. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, while older kids will open up and thrive as they embark on guided story walks and inspiring journaling exercises. Children will learn how to create a story and tell a story. This class will spark creativity while developing a lifelong passion for storytelling.
Donna Bingen has been teaching at Deerstream for 5 years.
Hands-On Equations (Mondays, students ages 10 and up who have not had Algebra 1, Teresa Waggoner)
Hands-On Equations is a supplemental math program that makes solving equations a hands-on activity. Using a balance scale, game piece type pawns, and number cubes, students are able to physically represent and solve increasingly difficult algebraic equations. Each class will include new concept introduction and group problem solving; review of previously taught concepts, if applicable; teacher-assisted individual practice in problem solving; and, as time permits, math games and additional challenging math problems. This class is meant to encourage students’ enjoyment of mathematics and to prepare them to succeed in Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1.
I am Teresa Waggoner, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (BA and MAT in Mathematics). My teaching experience has been in a public school junior high (four years teaching math to 7th and 9th graders), at the Hill Center for a short period, private tutoring, and previously teaching at Deerstream. My husband and I have four sons we homeschooled for most of their K-12 education. I think I have always loved mathematics because I enjoy the challenge of solving problems in a logical manner with the assurance that there is a correct answer. I also enjoy studying the Bible, reading, cooking, and, most of all, spending time with my family, especially my 18-month old grandson!
Wednesday Enrichment, Spring 2020
*Wednesday classes meet from January 15-April 29 with no class on February 27 or March 25.
Bookworms (Wednesdays, ages 5-8, Emily Winslow)
Calling all bookworms! Join us for a fun-filled, book-based, story time adventure. Students will not be expected to read in this class. Instead, we will enjoy literature – books, stories, poems, and songs – together. Each week we will dive deep into great picture books. We will create art, skits, and puppet shows based on themes and characters. We will sing and play games to encourage literacy skills and comprehension. Book lovers and reluctant readers alike will find a safe space to enjoy listening to, learning about, and being engrossed in great children’s books.
This is Ms. Winslow’s first year at Deerstream. She feels so fortunate to have spent the past seven years learning at home with her two daughters. Prior to that, she taught elementary school in both private and public schools across North Carolina. Ms. Winslow loves to run with her dog, read, and travel with her family. She is passionate about sharing and encouraging a love of literature with kids.
Snapology LEGO® Engineering Challenge (Wednesdays, ages 5-10, Finn Regan of Snapology)
Snapology is a STEAM enrichment program that teaches children creative building through LEGO® bricks, engineering tools, and more educational projects to inspire imagination. Come build super-cool models like Catapult, Windmill, Car and many more with the use of gears, axles and pulleys. Work in teams under guided instruction to build a different model using LEGO® technic pieces each week. This class is designed for children of all building abilities to build together. Classes include free-building time to promote creativity.
Beginning Ukulele (Wednesdays, ages 8 and up, Curtis Stith)
Whether this is chapter one of your kiddo’s musical education, or your child is ready for a new instrument to explore, students will learn notes, chords and basic theory, all while having a great time playing songs together. The ukulele is a versatile instrument; it’s sociable, easy to learn, portable, translates easily to guitar, great for singing and songwriting, increases finger dexterity and helps the left and right sides of the brain work together, and it’s fun! *Students will be required to provide their own ukulele for this class. A reasonable ukulele can be purchased for about $30. Mr. Stith recommends this one as a good option:
POMAIKAI Soprano Wood Ukulele Rainbow Starter Uke Hawaii kids Guitar 21 Inch with Gig Bag for kids Students and Beginners: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KF8S5HB/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_mfhRDb3XRV1KR
Curtis Stith has been working with kids of all ages in private music lessons for the past 5 years, and loves to watch children grow in their ability to take charge of their own learning, and set and achieve goals that they are excited about. He’s been studying music since he was 6 years old and enjoys learning and discovering new ways to think about and experience music. In his free time you can find him recording and performing music with his wife, playing strategy games, and hanging out with his cat Dusty.
Running Club (Wednesdays, ages 9 and up, Tim Williamson)
Stay active this winter/spring and enjoy time with friends as you develop your running skills and endurance. Coach Williamson, our cross country coach, will provide running workouts and fun games for all skill and experience levels. You might find that you get faster and stronger, and you’ll definitely have a good time!
Coach Williamson is the senior pastor at Faith Alliance Church in Durham and has 20 years of experience working with teens. He has been running since middle school and has 8 years of experience coaching cross country. He has led teams to District Championships and taken several runners to the state level.
Watercolor Painting (Wednesdays, ages 10 and up, Caty Kendall)
Come explore with watercolor. We will use both dry and wet brush techniques. Bring a picture of yourself to the first day of class as we will begin with self-portraits before moving on to other compositions. You will take home a few masterpieces and enjoy the peaceful and expressive medium of watercolors.
Caty Kendall received her MFA from Pratt Institute. While she loves teaching Science and the natural world to her students, her greatest passion is art. For 2 decades she has taught art and Art History to artists from Preschool to Adults.
Study Hall (Mondays, and Wednesdays, ages 11 and up, Kelly Kirk)
Study hall is an opportunity for older students to work independently on their schoolwork. They will have a quiet place to study and plenty of space to spread out. Students are expected to work or read quietly, and they must be able to stay on task with minimal supervision. Students will not be permitted to access the internet.