Weekly Suggested Events for July 10-16, 2021
Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? 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 fun events for all ages, each week!
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SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING IDEAS
COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities
FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Center School
At the Center School, they are redefining the middle school experience. Their 6th-8th grade Uppers program fosters a balance of social consciousness and self-awareness in an environment where children are encouraged to be independent and resourceful. Rigorous academic projects, deep critical thinking, rugged outdoor pursuits, a commitment to creativity and curiosity, and an expectation of openness to new ideas are the mainstays of a Center School education. They are currently offering generous, though limited in number, scholarships for newly-admitted middle school students. Learn more about their school, program, and brand new campus opening in Fall 2021 by visiting www.centerschool.net or emailing email@example.com.
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Prelude Preschool of the Arts in Springfield, MA invites your family to participate in FREE preschool fun this summer! Join them for one of their interactive virtual storytimes in July, or come on down to their outdoor events featuring instrument-making and music-playing fun for the whole family. Prelude Preschool is now enrolling children ages 2.9 – 5 years for full-day programming, featuring specialized classes taught by expert musicians and artists in early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Playful exploration, flexible before and after care, and arts-centered family nights are hallmarks of the Prelude program. Learn more or register for a free summer event at communitymusicschool.com/prelude.
FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Four Winds School in Gill, MA, is currently accepting applications for the fall from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. The Four Winds curriculum provides a balance between focused training in basic academic skills and the freedom for students to explore their interests. Teacher and student work together to design an individualized academic program based on these evaluations and the student’s learning style. More info: fourwindsschool.info
“Four Winds isn’t a school for exceptional children. It is an exceptional school for children. [We] couldn’t be happier with our experience at Four Winds.” -Lili Dwight, parent
FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDU
Wild Garden of Childhood
Wild Garden of Childhood (formerly Little Schoolhouse) is enrolling infants and toddlers for fall 2021. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care.
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA)
IMA’s Rock the Summer 2021 are programs for girls and young women focusing on ensemble playing, songwriting, and recording in a deeply creative environment. Explore Rock (July 10-18), and the Teen Performance Program (July 21-August 1) will use the Acapella app as the vehicle for collaboration and performances, students in the Home Studio Recording Program (August 5-15) will learn to use Pro Tools and an interface to raise the bar on home recording projects. Sessions end with a virtual presentation for friends and family. While participants can do the program entirely virtually, there will be on-site opportunities for local students.
Summer Art Classes For Adults and Teens July 19-23, July 26-30 or August 2-6th – 10am-1pm. These intensive workshops are specifically designed for adults and teens who are looking to gain some new and improve technical skills in oil painting and drawing. These classes are taught by professional artist, Caitlin Hurd, a classically trained artist with over 20 years of experience. Folks looking for a serious intensive week of skill-building invited to inquire. Class is located in-person in the Eastworks building in Easthampton, MA. 3 hr. classes/day for 5 days $300- Materials included. Caitlin is fully vaccinated and will follow all COVID safety rules. Contact Caitlin if you have any questions.
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2021
SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021
“There’s a play so powerful that an old superstition says [we] should never utter its name in a theater. A play that begins with witchcraft and ends with a bloody, severed head. A play filled with riddles, prophecies, nightmare visions, and lots of brutal murder. But is it really all that good? Brendan Pelsue explains why you should read (or revisit) ‘Macbeth.'” – Why should you read “Macbeth”? – Brendan Pelsue (TED-Ed)
In folklore, what is a trickster? According to CrashCourse, “tricksters are, well, tricky. They’re wise and foolish, they’re promiscuous and amoral, but in a lot of ways, they’re good guys.” Here is video series of trickster stories in mythology, starting with Anansi, the West African trickster god who is also sometimes a spider, then sharing the story of tricky Hercules and Atlas, and more recent tricksters like B’rer Rabbit.
MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021
“Forget about Disney princesses like Ariel or Jasmine. Here are some badass princesses around the world that either fought in wars or saved their country.” – Beyond Science 2
Dominoes, popsicle sticks, and Rube Goldberg Machines are three easy ways kids can learn about the concepts of chain reactions! Read more: Science & Fun of Chain Reactions.
TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2021
“People who live near the equator use more spices per recipe than people who live far from the equator. But that isn’t for the reason you think. Spices and other plant ingredients have special powers that make them a truly magical superfood!” – It’s Okay To Be Smart
“Many modern musical instruments are complicated pieces of machinery with many moving parts. But the cajon is simply a drum and a stand and a seat all in one box. Paul Jennings explains the history behind the cajon …” – Rhythm in a box: The story of the cajon drum
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2021
An age-old skill, knitting provides us with some of our most treasured warm clothes. Learning the art of knitting can not only help to provide warmth but can lead to explorations of local history, local agriculture, and complex math – and families can even engage in service-based learning by donating hand-knitted goods to help support people in need! Read more in our post, Knitting Supports Explorations of History, Agriculture & Mathematics.
“Imagine a two-dimensional world — you, your friends, everything is 2D. In his 1884 novella, Edwin Abbott invented this world and called it Flatland. Alex Rosenthal and George Zaidan take the premise of Flatland one dimension further, imploring us to consider how we would see dimensions different from our own and why the exploration just may be worth it.” — Exploring other dimensions – Alex Rosenthal and George Zaidan
THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021
Technology is changing faster and faster. Some futurists believe we are rapidly approaching the “singularity,” the moment when technological advancement will have accelerated exponentially to the point that technology becomes something more significant and more profound than we could ever currently imagine. We may not yet be at that point, but it can still be challenging to keep up with all the latest gizmos and gadgets. In this Cosmology Today video, Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Ray Kurzweil on this phenomenon who predicts the exact year of 2029 when singularity will occur.
Anthropocene is an unofficial geological era that covers the last century or so, in which humanity has made massive progress. Crash Course writes, “We’ve discovered the Higgs-Boson particle, and awesome electric cars, and amazing smartphones. We’ve come a long way, but there’s a long way to go. So all this collective learning and progress has been good for everyone, right? Maybe not. [In this video], we’ll look at some of the pros and cons of all this “progress,” including environmental impact, the way people live and work, and political changes and wars…”
FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2021
What do Chiffon, Tunnel of Fudge, Sock-it-to-me, Watergate, Jell-O Poke, Hummingbird, Funfetti, Chocolate Lava, Viennetta, Red Velvet, Bacon, and Pops have in common? They are all popular cakes! Featured on Mashed: “Chances are, you have your favorite, go-to birthday cake — but how about enjoying the one everyone was eating on the day you were born?”
“In fantasy stories, charlatans in fancy robes promise to turn lead into gold. But real alchemists weren’t just mystical misers. They were skilled experimentalists, backed by theories of matter. And they played a huge role in the development of knowledge about one of our fundamental questions: ‘what is stuff?’” – CrashCourse
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, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Chester, Chesterfield, Chicopee, Colrain, Dalton, Deerfield, Easthampton, Gill, Goshen, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Heath, Holyoke, Huntington, Leyden, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Northfield, Palmer, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Springfield, Tolland, Tyringham, Windsor, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.