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.
Black Music History & Poetry
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.
More food, more culture! Create meals that incorporate ingredients from traditional Caribbean cuisine – sauteed greens, spiced potato and plantain chips, banana bread, rice and peas with coconut, jerk chicken. Classes will provide the history and health benefits of each dish as well as a guided cooking tutorial.
Developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library, this course delves into the intersection between African-American life and Shakespeare, from stage productions to personal and academic encounters with the texts. Students will examine some of the many ways that Black Americans have encountered, responded to, taken ownership of, and sometimes turned away from Shakespeare's words.
Get to know foundational texts from the classics to emerging staples that delve into the existence of the African diaspora and the historical context of where society and culture stand today. Though the time periods and authors span centuries, many ideas and revelations are grounded in the same roots. This course includes works from Alex Haley, Frederick Douglass, Carter G. Woodson, Yaa Gyasi, and Ibram X. Kendi.
S.T.E.A.M. Nanny Workshops
Led by the S.T.E.A.M Nanny herself, these classes will engage shorties in activities that integrate the arts into learning about key concepts in science, math, technology and engineering. Classes are open-ended and encourage children to build self-confidence, improve their communication, cognition, and extend their self understanding and cultural awareness. Each class 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!
Algo-rhythms (11-12 yrs)
Algorithmic thinking is the seamless flow between interpreting, applying, designing and refining structured procedures, rules, and systems. It's the rhythm of applied mathematics and the cornerstone of Black liberation, Black wealth, and Black innovation. In this course, students will use problem-based learning to deeply understand and apply mathematical procedures and concepts. Specific content emphasis will be placed on rates and proportional reasoning, algebraic thinking, and function models. We will solve problems in social justice as well as science and technology.