Monster Mash Creative Arts/Drama: Grade K-1 Have you ever seen a creepy, crawly, friendly monster? If you were a unicorn, what color would you be? Here’s a chance for children to create their own world with masks, painting, music, and storytelling. Children will design their fantasy creatures such as playful dragons, and wacky monsters using a variety of materials, and then engage in inventive activities designed to free creative self-expression. Taught by an experienced 87Afterschool team member.
S.T.E.A.M.: Grades K Our S.T.E.A.M. residencies employ object observation and hands-on experiments to inspire students to better understand the physical world around them, and solve complex problems using creative and critical thinking. Using close observation, students get an in-depth look at how artists use a variety of themes such as physics, math, technology, and architecture in their work. Students will create works of art infused with scientific concepts as they explore the worlds and minds of Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O’Keefe, M.C. Escher, and many more! Taught by Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.
Jurassic and Jungle Adventures: Grades K-1 Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Put on your hiking boots and camouflage…you’re about to enter Jurassic Brick Land! Kids will build a world that comes to life, while learning about real dinosaurs in the process. In the second half of the term, kids will be building models of snakes, insects, mammals and more. Each week they will discuss fascinating facts about the animals they build. At the end of the term, kids will take home a “Build Journal” with some build photos accompanied by their comments. Taught by Bricks 4 Kidz®NYC, which uses Lego® bricks and technologies to provide STEM enrichment to children. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.
Green Spaces, Park Places: Grades K-2 Eco-Art/Adventures, Extensive explorations of the riches of Central Park, Riverside Park, and other neighborhood green spaces, along with museum, zoo, and other fun resources. Children may learn to grow their own windowsill sprouts, decorate clay pots, and enjoy stories, games, and other projects with some of PS87’s beloved kindergarten Afterschool teachers. Teachers include experienced 87Afterschool teacher Dawnica Conyette, PS87 School Librarian.
Judo: Grades: 1-2 (Beginner/Introductory) The study of this Olympic sport will build confidence and develop children’s self-awareness and physical fitness. Falling, tumbling, throwing, pinning, and escape techniques are taught. Judo uniforms are required; please see our website for information on where you can purchase. Sensei Robin Rosenthal, Black belt in Karate, Judo, Aikido, and Jujitsu, and seven-time US Olympic Training Camp champion, has taught martial arts and self-defense to thousands of children, including at PS87, in more than 20 years of teaching Sensei.
Museums of Manhattan: Grades 1-3 Explorations of rich cultural and scientific resources museums in Manhattan, with follow-up projects and related activities. Students will visit different galleries every other week and enjoy a variety of magical museum experiences. Led by experienced 87Afterschool veteran Justin L.
Chef’s Corner (Gluten-Free): Grades 1-2 (Healthy Cooking) Welcome to our Kitchen, where we learn the basics of cooking. Delicious fruit smoothies, stir-fries, pasta, yummy snacks—we’ll make all this and more. Taught by experienced 87Afterschool team members.
International Sports: Grades 1-3 Children will focus on teamwork, skill building, and learning the fundamentals of game play. This club builds upon those skills with cardio warmups, drills tailored to each sport, and game play. Sports the children will be participating in: Basketball, Kickball, Soccer, Tennis, Hockey, Team Handball, and much more. Don’t miss out on this exciting sports class! Coach Daniel, who has taught sports at the JCC, BSNY, and schools such as Friends Seminary and The Cathedral School, along with our 87Afterschool team, will teach this club.
Building a Beat (DJing): Grades 2-5 This class instills digital technology skills and technology literacy and promotes an understanding of math and language usage, embedded in digital music production. Through learning the foundations of music making, students incorporate math concepts (fractions and multiples) and pattern recognition. Building Beats’ digital music production program is based on the principles of Connected Learning, which recognizes and leverages the power of digital technology into students’ learning processes and Design Thinking. Led by Building Beats, which provides DJ and music programs that teach entrepreneurial, leadership, and life skills to youth throughout NYC. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.
Rising Stars: Fame the Musical Jr. (Yearlong Class): Grades 2-5 Children will experience the magic of live musical theater, as they work yearlong toward a May 2018 production. If your child has a wild imagination and an interest in performing, then this is the perfect class for them. Kids will go through a professional audition process, while training in character and scene study, dance and choreography, vocal direction, and other stagecraft skills. All students will learn the power of working together as an ensemble, while gaining confidence individually. Director Reid Watson, Musical Director Dominick Matsko, Choreographer Tyler Eley, Scenic Designer Maddie Bucci, and Assistant Director Kaitlyn Frotton are all experienced theater professionals in their fields. Fame is the bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students who commit four years of grueling artistic and academic work. Following the success of the hit motion picture, television, and stage show, the musical is a touching coming-of-age story (which includes the hit title song!). Note: A $150 supplemental fee is charged PER TERM. THIS CLASS RUNS UNTIL 5:30 PM.
Rock Guitar: Grades 2-5 This class is for beginners on guitar. Students experience the joy of playing along with songs they know and love from the very first class! The class will also incorporate music theory and basic technique into each session and students will perform a song as a group at the end of the semester. NYC Guitar School is New York City’s premier guitar school, with five studio locations around the city (Midtown, Upper East Side, Brooklyn, Queens, and Westchester). They also currently run after-school programs at Manhattan School for Children, The School at Columbia, The Center School, and UASDC. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.
Chef’s Table (Gluten-Free): Grades 3-5 (Healthy Cooking) Welcome to our Kitchen as we learn the basics of cooking. Delicious fruit smoothies, stir-fries, pasta, yummy snacks—we’ll make all this and more. Taught by experienced 87Afterschool team members.
Minecraft Coding: Grades 3-5 Young programmers will have the opportunity to blur the lines of coding and virtualization with a custom educational version of Minecraft. By using the modified Minecraft known as ComputerCraftEDU, kids will be able to create their own programs using the coding language LUA. These programs can range from complex control for railway system, a wireless communication hub to operate all the functions of a farm, or even create a brand-new game on a virtual computer within Minecraft itself. Led by team members from MakerState, which provides STEM instruction throughout NYC. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.