Clay Art Center, a non-profit ceramics organization, cultivates clay visions into physical works of art with a host of classes led by a faculty of experienced teachers and established artists. Fledgling potters can get their hands muddy with a three-hour introductory Check it Out! class, capped at 10–15 people to allow each student ample space and attention. Express creative instincts by sculpting the beginnings of a self-bust, or assembling a post-modern, fork-shaped bowl. All pieces will be fired in the kiln before being picked up by their makers and brought home for proud display on the mantle or given a seat at the kitchen table.
The instructors at FasTracKids nurture kids' growing minds and active imaginations with a slew of classes designed to help to them learn via engaging, hands-on activities and interactive classroom time. The Signature Program introduces small groups of kids aged 2–7 to 12 subject areas, including biology, communications, mathematics, and economics. They explore subjects through projects and experiments: for example, they might learn about static electricity by rubbing a balloon on carpeting and sticking it to their hair, and then, later at home, to the family dog's fur for hours of entertainment.
FasTracKids also offers a range of subject-specific classes for kids aged 2–12, including FasTrack Math, which helps tykes to master 'rithmetic with individualized study programs tailored to their strengths and weaknesses. During Lego Robotics sessions, kids operate an easy-to-use programming interface to make robo toys play soccer, drive, or softly whisper words of encouragement to the lonely, less-played-with toys.
An innovative, child-focused program pioneered in Korea, E.nopi's educational classes have enriched and enlightened curious kids for 30 years with individualized approaches that strive to understand the child’s point of view. Each class begins with a skills assessment to tailor instruction to children's strengths before launching into a fun and approachable lesson that may use learning aides such as colorful workbooks, whimsical wooden shapes, and entertaining audio CDs. New concepts are continually revisited in a variety of creative contexts to reinforce learned skills and keep ideas from taking their summer escapes to libraries in the Caribbean, and light, consistent take-home work is encouraged to keep intellectual elements flowing. Math classes stress critical thinking and problem solving to engage brainy bambinos in independent thought as they glean a better understanding of arithmetic, patterns, geometry, and more. Meanwhile, English classes streamline skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, resulting in the ability to lull parents to sleep with softly read news articles. Geared toward ages 3–14, each class is aligned to U.S. educational standards and can serve as educational enrichment, a supplement to regular schooling, or preparation for being a contestant on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?.
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The computer creatives at The Digital Arts Experience usher students of all ages in to the circuited age with their suite of multimedia classes. Unfolding in brightly colored training rooms, each hands-on class introduces topics related to every facet of the creative process, from audio production and animation to photography and web design. Instructors versed in a wide array of useful programs—such as Photoshop, iMovie, and Microsoft Office—also help aspiring artists, musicians, and actors beef up their artistic presence with portfolio development courses.
Kids go to the Golden Life Resource Center for not only for tutoring, but also for assistance in planning their futures—the tutors helps them with college applications and job searches. The nonprofit doesn't focus exclusively on kids, though; the team also strives to enrich the lives of senior citizens with resources such as technology training and fitness classes.