S.T.E.A.M. Nanny Full Workshop
Led by the S.T.E.A.M Nanny herself, this class will engage shorties in activities that integrate the arts into learning about key concepts in science, math, technology and engineering. Sessions are open-ended and encourage children to build self-confidence, improve their communication, cognition, and extend their self understanding and cultural awareness. Each session features a notable Black professional and culminates with a project inspired by their genius. S.T.E.A.M. is all about science, technology, engineering, art and math!
History of Black Music
Learn about the past, present, and future of Black music. Students will hear songs from multiple genres - blues, hip-hop, bluegrass, jazz, and rock - and find out about the legendary Black musicians who are responsible for bringing each genre to life. This class is based on Black Music Is, a book by Marcus Amaker - Charleston, SC's first Poet Laureate. Students will have a chance to respond to the music, and hear songs from current musicians who are keeping history alive.
Students will develop increasing reading confidence as they learn to read more and more complex words with an emphasis on vowel sounds and spelling alternatives for vowel sounds. They will practice with various spelling patterns that can stand for more than one sound, read one- and two-syllable words, contractions, and more high-frequency words. Finally, students will demonstrate their powerful decoding skills by reading longer stories and poems, opening a world of Black history, knowledge, and culture.
Through rich traditions of rhythm, rhyme, & movement, students will continue to develop the phonics skills that are at the root of literacy. Sprout Up emphasizes the most common spelling patterns as well as several spelling alternatives for consonant and vowel sounds. Students will practice with irregular spelling patterns, multisyllabic words, making nouns plural and changing spelling when adding suffixes. Working with high-frequency words in poems and stories, students will broaden their language and build knowledge of Black history, knowledge and culture.
Black women are leaders of literature. Their legacies are rooted in writing that eloquently captures the intersections of gender, race, class and power. Through the voices of queens from the past and present, #BlackGirlMagic is the energy in these reading classes. Read books from Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison to Michelle Obama and Yaa Gyasi.