New for the 2017-18 school year, Lextended Day has hired a new array of 'specialist' teachers in a variety of entertaining and educational disciplines. They will visit each site once a week, sharing their passions and expertise regularly with your children.
Science and the Natural World
Students participating in Science and the Natural World at Lextended Day will explore how the world around us works and how we fit into it. Through direct observation, experimentation and creative problem solving students will enjoy an exciting, hands-on journey into the natural phenomena that shape our lives and make our planet such an amazing place.
Utilizing both indoor and outdoor spaces, the program will incorporate outdoor education strategies and curriculum elements as kids learn about local flora, fauna and weather patterns. The Science and the Natural World program at Lextended Day seeks to foster a spirit of inquiry, and sense of wonder while leading students on an exploration of the interconnectedness of people, plants, animals and natural forces
About our Science and Natural World Specialist!
Bio coming soon!
Theatre gives children an outlet to explore skills that will stay with them for life! Some of these skills will lead to participation in theatre as adults (onstage, backstage, as an audience member supporting the arts!) other skills may aid students in things like public speaking, creative thinking, problem solving and teamwork.
The Drama programming will offer a wide array of activities including performing (short and long productions), designing (sets, props, costumes, sound), puppetry, improvisation, play writing, auditioning techniques, mask work, movement, and other activities sparked by the children! Some of these activities could take the form of one afternoon of letting our imaginations run wild. Others might take the form of building skills on a week to week basis for a given period of time with the possibility of a final project such as a short performance, pretend professional audition or designer showcase.
About our Drama Specialist!
Before joining Lextended, Jen spent 11 years working at an after school program in Newton. During her time there, she kept busy with Newton's big spring theatrical production every year. In her free time she loves swimming, performing, playing the piano, reading, rock climbing aerial silks, and most of all spending time with her toddler.
The number one goal is to have fun! Alongside this, the aims for this program include creating a love and appreciation for the outdoors while developing respect for other living things through mindfulness, knowledge, and understanding. Children will learn life skills, build stronger executive functioning skills, develop leadership, enhance their problem-solving abilities, and use their senses - all while being active! Children will engage in both unstructured free play time and team-building games and initiatives run both indoors and out.
About our Outdoor Adventure Specialist!
Bio coming soon!
Our new cooking program will teach the students how to cook recipes from both their own backyard and from around the world, all the while using their math skills as they help weigh and measure ingredients. Additional topics covered will range from the history of food, to how fruits and vegetables are grown, to the manufacturing of their favorite snacks. By the end of the year we hope the children will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge in cooking/food preparation, show understanding of nutrition, and will have broadened their taste bud horizon!
About our Cooking Specialist!
Mary comes to us with a passion for food and cooking. This was kindled as a result of being raised in a large family where cooking and food preservation was a regular Saturday activity. Even now, she spends her free time in the kitchen. Her other hobbies include hiking, backpacking, going to the movies, and rock climbing. In addition to her job with Lextended Day she spends her time working for MGH, running a small dried fruit company, and working at Drumlin Farm on the crops team. Her goals for this program includes giving children the chance to practice measuring and chopping, expanding their taste bud repertoire, and learning how to read recipes.
Robotics and Coding
What does the saying "Reading is fundamental" have to do with Robotics and Coding? Both emphasize developing literacy and exploration! We live in an increasingly technology and machine centered world. Not only is learning about robotics and coding important but it's also exciting and imaginative. In the new program, students will develop technological literacy in ways that enhance abilities in self expression, collaboration, and celebration in fun and creative ways.
Hailing from the Southern and Western coasts, Zachary Yvaire is an oddball with a gut for adventure recently transplanted to Massachusetts. Currently serving as an Artist In Residence with EMW bookstore, he practices game design and do-it-together urbanism.
When not teaching technological literacy, Zachary leads Saint Wynter, a small design innovation boutique cultivating tacit knowledge around tech ecologoes and wellness."