After School Enrichment Program

Willowwind offers a variety of after school enrichment classes twice each year. Classes are offered in twelve-week sessions in both the fall and spring and run for about an hour one day each week. Below are the class options offered in the Spring of 2017. Stay tuned for information on Fall 2017 classes. 

Enrollment is open to all PreK-6th grade students in the Iowa City community.

 

PRESCHOOL

Junior Kindergarten

Explore your brand new world of kindergarten! Learn the routines and skills needed to be successful in the kindergarten classroom. With literacy, math, science, movement, and social skills featured, children are sure to build confidence about their new learning adventure. Academic and interpersonal skills instruction will be specialized for children making the big transition from self-directed preschool experiences to teacher-led kindergarten work. This course is sure to make for a smooth transition from preschool-kindergarten in the fall.

 

KINDERGARTEN-2nd GRADE

Magical Potions

Learn about physical and chemical reactions through engaging and messy science experiments! Create concoctions such as an exploding volcano, exploding chalk, flubber, sticky sand dough, slime, and bouncy balls! But what happens to make the volcano explode? How do the ingredients work together to make sticky sand dough? Explore the why behind these fun experiments as students enter the science laboratory.

Astronomy

Blast off into outer space to learn about the galaxy, Milky Way, stars, planets, the solar system, and meteors! Develop an understanding and apply knowledge of daily and seasonal weather conditions, seasons of the year, and other patterns affected by space. Crafts, games, stories, experiments, and other hands-on activities will be included in this class as you learn all about what goes on in the world above us.

 

3rd -6th Grade

Creative Writing and Publishing

Create six-word memoirs, sound poems, adventure stories, and more in this creative writing course! Learn how to make characters with Craigslist, write a story with Twitter, and see how long you can convince your friends that words you made up are real. At the end of the course, students' work will be published in a book in collaboration with the Iowa Youth Writing Project!

Art Film

Use your artistic creativity to plan, create, and fine tune a short art film! Start the semester setting the scene and building a city for your film. Use a variety of art mediums to create buildings, streets, cars, airplanes, characters, creatures, and anything else your heart desires! Then work together to develop a story, script, and characters for your city. Using stop motion and live action techniques, film your short story. Then edit and revise to create your finished product. Students will have the opportunity to take home a copy of their short film at the end of the semester.