Weekly Suggested Events for February 27 – March 5, 2021
Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!
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Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities
The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. in Hadley, MA. Join CBM this summer! Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Their programs are held both outdoors and indoors. Yoga, dancing, nature walks, arts and crafts, and so much more! Also, a free show at the end of each week! Space is limited and follows all safety precautions and protocols. Dates: July 5-August 27, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 4-13yo. Contact: 413-478-1944; email@example.com; www.childrensballetmovement.com
Adventure East is a new outdoor adventure company in Western Mass and is developing hiking, biking, paddling experiences for all ages and experience levels. They would love to have your input as they prepare to launch in June. They need 10 minutes of your time to complete their online survey. The information you share will only be used for their product development and will not be shared. To show their appreciation, if you provide them with your email, you will be eligible to win one of five Northampton Gift Cards worth $50 each. The deadline for replying is March 31, 2021. To complete the survey, click here. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEATURED VIRTUAL CLASS
PuppetSpeak Virtual Language Courses
PuppetSpeak is a video-based program that teaches languages through puppetry. Choose from Spanish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, or English. Enjoy learning with silly puppet skits designed based on the latest science about optimal memory function. The program is fun and manageable for ages 3 +, even to adulthood, since you can learn at your own pace. Based out of Shutesbury, MA.
The Wild Arts Cafe in Northampton, MA
The Wild Arts Cafe offers 4th-8th graders multi-modal arts classes in six-week sessions, with an emphasis on open-ended creativity. Modalities include visual arts, creative writing, movement, music, photography, and more. On one day, the younger kids might create a spontaneous collage on cereal a box and fill it with story scraps. Or they might paint a life-sized body map and paste personified poetry on top. 7th and 8th graders work with clay while blindfolded–– then use the experience as a prompt to write a story. They also learn Soul Collage™ and Zentangle™ along with the Wild Arts Cafe’s online students at Hogar Irekani Orphanage in Mexico. As one student recently said, “In the Wild Arts classes, my ideas feel free!” For more information: email@example.com; 413-588-6898; thewildartscafe.com
The Common School in Amherst, MA
Preschool ♦ Ages 3-12yrs
For more information: 413-256-8989; www.commonschool.org.
Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Prospective families are invited to meet their teachers and tour their newly renovated facilities, including outdoor learning spaces for extended time outside.
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2021
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2021
MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021
TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2021
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2021
“John Body from Nature Nerds Rule teaches the basics of animal tracking as part of Kestrel Land Trust’s Learning With the Land Series. … [looking] at the four basics of tracking: context, patterns, stride and straddle, and the tracks themselves.”
Did you know that one cup of cauliflower has the same about of vitamin C as an orange? Did you know that cauliflower is naturally yellow, not white? Learn more about how cauliflower is grown: Cauliflower: How Does it Grow?
THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021
FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2021
Online and in-person events and resources shared above are done so as a courtesy and not as an endorsement. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm information, age appropriateness, registration requirements, safety protocols, and associated costs.
Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Agawam, Amherst, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Deerfield, Gill, Goshen, Greenfield, Hadley, Heath, Huntington, New Salem, Northfield, Palmer, Plainfield, South Hadley, Tyringham, Windsor, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.