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.
Fun Factory-Gadgets and Gizmos: Grades K-1
Have you ever wondered how things are made? Or wanted to operate the big machines in a factory? Factories rely on special machines to help build, move and package the things we use every day. Come build kid-sized version of these clever creations. Kids will also have plenty of fun playing with what they have built. From spinning top to a spin art model, kids will love playing with their creations! But don’t worry, we sneak in lots of learning, understanding probability in the “3-in-row” game model and learning about friction and symmetry with the spinning top lessons, and plenty of engineering to inspire to invent their own machines. 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 101: 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 Mary Carson.
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: Aladdin (Yearlong Class): Grades 2-5
*Must re-register for Spring term
Children will experience the magic of live musical theater, as they work yearlong toward a May 2019 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 Tyler Eley, Musical Director Dominick Matsko, Choreographer Kaitlyn Frotton and Scenic Designer Maddie Bucci are all experienced theater professionals in their fields. Disney’s Aladdin JR is based on the 1992 Academy-Award- winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. Note: A $150 supplemental fee is charged PER TERM.
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.
Scratch Video Game Design & Coding: Grades 3-5
Kids will build programs, games, and animations using Scratch: the drag-and-drop, color-coded, event driven programming block editor. Young engineers will learn the fundamentals of programming with this fun introduction from the MIT Media Lab including if/then statements, loop structures, data variables, mathematical and Boolean operators. These skills will be applied to create games as we explore design concepts such as objective, aesthetic, and difficulty curves. This series culminates in a student-led game tournament showcase. Led by team members from MakerState, which provides STEM instruction throughout NYC. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.