Description of Classes
Engage! introduces students to the idea that young people are powerful agents of change around the world and that you are never too young to change your world. Students start each day in a 30-minute seminar designed to help them develop skills in thinking about and talking about the world and their place in it as a global citizen.
During the seminar, students learn skills in goal setting, time management, conflict resolution, collaborative dialogue, and public speaking. Students learn about inspiring youth leaders such as human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, environmental activist Greta Thunberg and others through TED-Ed videos and live stream discussion sessions as well.
As part of each session, session students set personalized goals for the day and then review their progress towards the goals they set at the end of the day.
The Great Readers and Writers Workshop
WOW! and A La Cart
During the 1st half of the Great Authors' Workshop, students focus on building a love of reading and building comprehension skills. Each student selects a book in a specified genre to read (fiction, non-fiction, informational, etc) during the 1st 45 minutes. During the 2nd 45 minutes, students author their own written works in the same genre. Each 45 minute session starts with a mini-lesson by the Lab advisor or student leaders, followed by time for each student to develop their own written works. Our Great Authors Workshop is modeled after Lucy Calkin's Readers and Writers Workshop approach.
Emergent readers (phonemic awareness, early reading and writing skills,)
Early fluent readers (building reading fluency, storytelling and writing skills)
Fluent readers (reading strategies, comprehension skills, storytelling and writing skills)
Study Jam Math and More
During Study Jam time students receive one-on-one and small group coaching and tutoring support from Lab advisors on their home school curricula or work on The Lab's Summit* Personalized Learning Platform. Emphasis is placed on helping each child develop skills in self-managing their learning and building Math Skills. as well as explore topics of personal interest. Lab advisors, students and their parents/caregivers meet at the start of each semester to select areas of focus. Areas include: math, science, history, social studies, english language arts. Additional topics can be added based on individual student interests.
*Summit Learning Personalized Learning Platform. The Lab offers families of 4th-8th graders who are interested access to a free, cutting-edge learning platform, Summit Learning's innovative Personalized Learning Platform (PLP). The PLP is a free, student-driven learning platform that allows educators - both parents and teachers - to personalize content for each child based on each child's personal interests and learning needs. At the same time, it allows each child to self-guide their progress through the curriculum, deciding what they will study, when they will study it, and decide on their own when they are ready to complete tests assessing their mastery of each learning module while allowing teachers and parents to monitor and support their progress.
Developed through a collaboration between Summit Learning and the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation, the PLP is revolutionary in its ability to support personalized mastery-based learning for both homeschooled and traditionally educated students. The PLP facilitates dynamic peer-to-peer learning and exchange, dynamic teacher-student interactions, and child-led learning. Content can be developed de novo by the parent, the student or teacher, or crowdsourced from 100's of educators across the country.
One World 4th-8th
Wow! and a la Carte
Curiosity Studios are designed to engage young people in learning about the world around them, to introduce them to different cultures and people, and to expand their knowledge of different ways of thinking about the world.
During Curiosity Studios, students are given an opportunity to work independently or together with a group to explore a particular country, culture or topic from around the world.
Students identify a topic of interest (people, culture, history, geography, art, literature, politics, environment), then formulate a “beacon” question, to conduct research related to the question, and then to prepare a presentation about what they find for the other students as well as family members and outside guests with expertise in the area (for example, a family member from the country of interest, or an individual who has experience in the particular area being explored).
During the Studios, students also develop independence skills in time management, project planning, research, critical thinking, collaborative problem solving and persuading and inspiring others, in addition to increasing their knowledge in the topic or area they choose to study.
Students also take part in “virtual visits” to other parts of the world as part of the Curiosity Studio process and have the opportunity to visit real-time with young people from around the world via our live-stream technology installation at the Lab aka the World Window.
During Curiosity Studios 2, students focus on the practical application of the research they are conducting during Studio 1. Students work together or independently to plan and carry out a “hope-energy” project based on the research they are conducting in Studio 1.
Hope-energy projects are activities that are inspiring and empowering for both the student and those around him or her and are projects that have a measurable and meaningful impact on themselves and those around them.
Examples of Hope-Energy Projects include planning and implementing a sidewalk garden, presenting on the benefits of electric cars to their parents to influence their decision making on their next car purchase, developing a video blog on bullying, creating a business plan for homemade beauty products, organizing a beach clean-up, etc.
Our teachers work with each student to design and implement their individual or group project over either a 3, 6 or 12 week time period depending on the scope of the project and the age and independence level of the student.
One World 4th-8th
Global Art Workshop
WOW! and a la Carte
Offered 1 x a week, students learn about great art and music from around the world, and experience creating art in the same tradition. Each session involves an engaging, interactive introduction to the art and music traditions of the country of focus, and then a “workshop” period for each student has an opportunity to develop their own artistic works in the same tradition to take home, display in our youth art gallery at the Lab, or perform at our quarterly Long Beach Youth Perform events.
Virtual Field Trips -The Lab’s “Magic” Window
The Lab’s interactive Window to Our World installation is inspired by Crown Fountain in Chicago and the It’s Right Next Door art installation and campaign in Paris
Using a large LED panel in our foyer and live-streaming technology, students can experience “virtual field trips” to the jungles of Africa, the pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the Louvre and a million other places here and in space.
Discovery Channel, Nat Geo, and even NASA provide access to live streaming locations and a catalog of virtual field trips. Interactive video streaming allows our students to interact through our Magic Window, with students from around the globe as well. Students interact with the Wall each morning when they arrive, as they leave, as well as during their Curiosity Studios.
All ages + Family
Outer Wellness class includes trips to the near-by park for Field Days, nature walks, and sports in our back play area.
One World 4th-8th