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         The ROC 
            ((Resource and Opportunity Center) 
                                    
for Homeschoolers

********VISITORS ARE WELCOME HOWEVER DROPPING BY WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED!!!********** 
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SCIENCE FAIR and SUMMER CAMP Announcements below!!!

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 NYCHEA's Annual Science Fair is set for 
Thursday, May 14th at The ROC

If you already have a project and would like to register your exhibit, please email TheROCFamily@gmail.com or sign up on the Sign Up! page here on the website making sure to include participant(s) name(s), space needed for project, and, any special requirements (i.e., exhibit needs to be near water, etc.)


For some inspiration with project ideas, the following sites come highly recommended:
homeschoolnyc.com

Feel free to submit other suggestions for resources and your ideas will be added to subsequent announcements.  


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The ROC's Summer "Samp" Camp is back! with its annual chance to sample some of The ROC's most popular School Year classes/teachers, and also check out some new ones, all featuring STEAMM themes -
Science, Technology, Engineering, Ar
ts, Math & Movement.

30% OFF if you register at the Science Fair on May 14th!!!

Several classes and activities will be offered each camp day - courses available include:
Science of SuperHeroes!, Biology, Animal Science, Herbology, Archery, Fencing, Lego Technic and Lego Mindstorms, Shakespeare, Presentation Skills, Improv, Ping Pong, Computer Coding, Lego Wedo, Minecraft, outdoor activities and more!


OLD STEM,  NEW STEM and full STEAMM ahead!! 
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Movement 
2015 Summer Camps at The ROC
For Ages 4-14, divided into 2 or 3 age groupings

Tentative Schedule:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and either Thursdays or Fridays
11:00-3:00  or 12:00-4:00, Starting June 9, 2015, going through July
$450 per week/ $160 per day/ $50 per class

OLD STEM
One part of each day will be focused on learning general science, core engineering and mathematical concepts, exploring the scientist's and engineer's process with students being guided to experiment and problem solve through brainstorming, designing, building, testing and improving upon their ideas using low tech materials. 
NEW STEM
Another part of each day can focus on science, technology, engineering, math and art using beginning and advanced Lego building and programming materials, as well as other high tech mediums (such as MineCraft, Rasberry Pi, HTML, Scratch, CSS, Processing, and etc) to design, draw, paint, build and/or construct robots, websites, video games, or even entire virtual worlds that solve such challenges as building a city on a series of islands, or directing a rocket to land on the moon!
FULL STEAMM
There will be something for everyone! Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for those who are interested in those subjects, but also plenty of Arts (including fine and performing, cooking arts, but also humanities - writing, literature and languages, and communication, etc) and Movement - including our popular Archery and Fencing programs as well as Martial Arts, Hip Hop dance and movement games such as Ping Pong available to choose from.


Spring 2015 registration currently underway! 

Spring 2015 classes for TEENS




TUESDAYS

12:00-1:00 Tuesdays, The SCIENCE OF MEDICATION: Intro Pharmacy Tech class for TEENS & Adults,   2 SPOTS LEFT
$185 for 6 weeks
This introductory class for teens and adults will teach the top 200 drugs and the foundations of drug development.  This is a very informative class in which students can gain an extensive personal knowledge of popular drugs and their categories, as well as how they how they work in conjunction with human physiology.
Basic steps of drug development, beta and alpha receptor blockers, ACE inhibitors, ADHD, allergy and Alzheimer classes of drugs, and more will be discussed. This class can also serve a first step to becoming a certified pharmacy tech, and being able to enter part-time and full time work in drug stores, hospitals and nursing homes at an accelerated pay scale. Taught by Sonia Houston Pichardo, PhD,



1:00-2:00 Tuesdays, GRAVITY for TEENS  
 SPOTS LEFT

$165 for 6 weeks, $205 for 10 weeks
Gravity is the one of the four forces of nature, and it is the one we are the most familiar with, but it is also the strangest.   Although gravity is extremely weak, it is at the root of huge scale phenomena such as keeping the planets in orbit.  

In this class, we will begin by talking about Newton and his theory of gravity as well as a bit of Newtonian mechanics.  As the class progresses we will cover the effects of gravity such as tides, and orbits then we will move onto Einstein’s theory of relativity and how Einstein revolutionized the way we think about gravity. We will discuss phenomena related to relativity such as black holes and curved space-time, and eventually, we will cover more exotic and newer ideas such as antigravity and other universes. There will be a little bit of mathematics in this class, although no previous knowledge of high school mathematics is required.  All materials are included.  Taught by Will Vasiladiotis.


1:00-2:00 or 3:00-4:00 Wednesdays, COMMUNICATION and PRESENTATION SKILLS class, $165
This class will help students strengthen their communication and presentation techniques.  Improvement and enhancement in skill and style regarding body language, posture, word choice, confidence, eye contact, verbal tics/filler words, and volume will be explored.  Class activities include work on breathing, and breath control, learning various warm-ups,  non-verbal communication recognition, methods of vocal variation, known as prosody, and ways of approaching messages in order to maximize story-telling, and overall confidence building for the most effective communication and presentation.
Teacher: Jon Lee


2:00-3:00 Tuesdays ARCHERY  
 FULL

$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 weeks
For Beginners and Experienced
Learning everything from how to determine eye dominance, back tension and expanding the sense of body awareness. aiming in the shot cycle, sight use, string alignment/blur, timing, shot rhythm, scoring basics, competition formats and more!  Beginners start from the beginning, learning the basic; experienced shooters practice improving their accomplished methods and learning advanced techniques. Taught by USA Archery certified instructors, students are introduced to the OAS Program and archery as an Olympic Sport.
 

Tuesdays
3:30-4:30 Beginner          6 SPOTS LEFT
4:30-5:30  Intermediate   1 SPOT LEFT
JAPANESE, Beginner and Intermediate,
8 weeks $195

April 14, 21, 28, May 12, 19, June 16, 23, 30
This class will focus on conversation and daily life: introductions, household/everyday objects, going around town, pets and family life, hobbies, meals, addresses, and so on.

Written Japanese will be introduced, and students will also learn fundamental vocabulary, grammar, as well as study the hiragana and katakana. verb forms, conjugate adjectives, and more.  Teacher: Nancye Good



3:00-4:30 Tuesdays,  DESCRIPTIVE AND COLLEGE PREP WRITING for TEENS  
1 SPOT LEFT

$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 weeks
This unique class is a combination of two classes that have been taught in previous terms - the fun fieldtrip and sensory based descriptive writing class formerly known as the Cupcake Class and the college prep essay class called Writing for College.

We will use shared experiences (including field trips to coffee shops, bakeries, markets, galleries, etc) to write thoughtful, descriptive, and analytical argument driven  essays that will make students better writers but will also leave them looking at the world differently.

Students will learn about structure, the most convincing way to present it, how to prepare an outline, and a thesis and present their evidence effectively. Once students have mastered the basics, they will use excerpts from literary and historical sources to craft strong essays that are incisive, thoughtful and powerful.
Taught by Aida Gureghian.



FENCING, SWORD PLAY  & GAMES,
3:00-4:00 Tuesdays     2 SPOTS LEFT
OR  2:30-3:30 Fridays  FULL
$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 weeks
 Like a physical game of chess!  Like a strategic game of tag!
Entertaining and enthralling, fencing provides a unique mix of physical, intellectual and emotional activity that is open to all ages, levels, shapes and sizes!

Fencing enhances overall development as it simultaneously channels student's energy, enhances coordination, equilibrium and agility, raises student’s consciousness of his or her own body/spatial awareness, self discipline, cognition, and is loads of fun!

Teachers are fencing masters that herald from prestigious academies within the New York City area.  Most are award winning, some national champions, and all have years of teaching and/or coaching experience.


WEDNESDAYS

12:00-1:00 Wednesdays, THE SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES for TEENS
3 SPOTS LEFT
$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 weeks

In this multi-media, activity based class, the real science of some of the most world renowned superheroes (and maybe some super villains) will be investigated.

A diverse scope of scientific theories, principals and topics such as -
 Spiderman and Arachnology/Zoology; X-Men/Ninja Turtles and Genetics/Genetic Mutation; The Hulk/Captain America and Bioengineering/Epigenetic Modification, Thor/Storm and Meteorology; Iron Man/Big Hero 6 and Physics/Robotic Prostheses, and much more will be examined and analyzed.

A class filled with so much fun science exploration it might make a particular physicist green with envy!



2:00-3:00  Wednesdays, ARCHERY
(see description above) 2 SPOTS LEFT

$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 weeks


2:00-3:00 or 3:00-4:00  Wednesdays, ALGEBRA & GEOMETRY REGENTS PREP for TEENS
$185 six weeks
A mathematics preparation course that covers algebra concepts and addresses all of the material on the geometry regents, using hands-on activities and pictures to illustrate every concept on the regents.  This is a format for visual and tactile learners that will accompany discussions.  The course is for students who are interested in mastering the mathematics covered by the geometry regents  whether or not they are planning to take the regents exam.  Teacher: Rhonda Lamb


BOTANY & HERBOLOGY for AGES up to Adult
3:00-4:00 Wednesdays
$195 for 6 weeks
In this course students will learn how to identify healing plants and herbs that grow any and everywhere - parks and gardens, but also those that grow in cracks on the sidewalk.  Stems, seeds, leaves and cells will be studied and examined under a powerful microscope.  Endangered herbs, how to ethically harvest herbs in general, a variety of nutritional and medicinal herbs and how to use them will also be covered, as well as the history of herbal medicine across the world.  

Each class will contain hands on activities, and projects that students will be able to create and take home with them.  All of the herbs and products used will be organic and most will be fair trade certified.  

Taught by Tara De Hoz
As a member of the American Herbalist Guild and United Plant Savers, Tara is a traditional herbalist that likes to use whole herbs to support the body rather than use them in standardized extracts or pills.  She has trained with Herbalist and Ethnobotanist David Winston, Herbalist and Homeopath Peeka Trenkle and Herbalist and Acupuncturist Drew DiVittorio.  Tara's hope is that students will walk away with a great appreciation and respect for these green allies that share the world with us, feel empowered with the knowledge of how to use herbs so that they are not forced to rely on mass produced products all the time.

 
Coming soon...
4:00 Kids ROC Cafe -
Cooking & Performing classes & showcasing

5:00 French
 



FRIDAYS

1:30- 2:30 Fridays, WEB & VIDEO GAME DESIGN: Computer Coding
2 SPOTS LEFT
$185 six weeks

This is a 6 week course in which beginner students will learn core skills and technologies of web development including HTML, CSS, and Processing while they learn how to build their own websites and video games, etc. Intermediate/Advanced students will enhance and challenge their skills through the development of more advanced projects.  Teacher is Leor Freedman.



2:30-3:30  Fridays,  FENCING, SWORD PLAY & GAMES  FULL
$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 weeks

Like a physical game of chess!  Like a strategic game of tag!
Entertaining and enthralling, fencing provides a unique mix of physical, intellectual and emotional activity that is open to all ages, levels, shapes and sizes!

Fencing enhances overall development as it simultaneously channels student's energy, enhances coordination, equilibrium and agility, raises student’s consciousness of his or her own body/spatial awareness, self discipline, cognition, and is loads of fun!

Teachers are fencing masters that herald from prestigious academies within the New York City area.  Most are award winning, some national champions, and all have years of teaching and/or coaching experience.


 
4:00-5:00 Fridays, REGENTS PREP MATH for TEENS
$185 six weeks
A mathematics preparation course that addresses all of the material on the geometry regents, using hands-on activities and pictures to illustrate every concept on the regents.  This is a format for visual and tactile learners that will accompany discussions.  The course is for students who are interested in mastering the mathematics covered by the geometry regents  whether or not they are planning to take the regents exam.  Teacher: Len Heisler.




Member prices range from $230 - to as low as $25 per term, check out info about memberships on the Sign Up! page.

To register, please email TheROCFamily@gmail.com including student's name, age, and title and time of class or classes that student(s) will attend.














FENCING! En Garde!
Tuesdays & Fridays



The ROCbotics Lego Robotics team advance to NYC Championships AGAIN!!!
Come out and support them at Jacob Javits March 14th!



NYCHEA Annual
Science Fair!
This year's date is set!  May 14, 2015












Spring 2015 classes for AGES 5-12


TUESDAYS

ANIMAL SCIENCE for AGES 7-12   
1 SPOT LEFT

12:00-1:00 Tuesdays
$185 for 8 weeks
This hands on class will concentrate study around questions of life regarding animals, covering animal families and their life processes, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and genetics, as well as the lives of animals including migration, conservation, care strategies, animal intelligence and ways animals help us and more.

We will discuss and learn about animals, engage activities, microscope work, and long term projects such as raising caterpillars into butterflies together during class, and also provide each student the materials and opportunity to create their own take home project representation of every class lesson as well.

Taught by Tara De La Hoz
After majoring in Animal Science, Tara has been working as a Veterinary Technician for 15 years, has been running her own pet care business for over a decade, is also an avid traditional herbalist, and homeschooling mom of two awesome kids.


 

12:00-1:00 Tuesdays, BIOLOGY for Ages 7-11
$165 for 6 weeks, $205 for 10 weeks
The study of life has been going on for centuries, figuring out why life is the way that it is, and how it got here.  We are closer than ever to fully understanding this, and we learn more every day.  This hands on class will concentrate study around questions of life, and life processes - students will learn about genetics, evolution, immunology, and our place in all of it.


 
1:00-2:00 Tuesdays, THE SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES Ages 7-12  FULL
$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 weeks
In this multi-media, activity based class, the real science of some of the most world renowned superheroes (and maybe some super villains) will be investigated.

A diverse scope of scientific theories, principals and topics such as -
 Spiderman and Arachnology/Zoology; X-Men/Ninja Turtles and Genetics/Genetic Mutation; The Hulk/Captain America and Bioengineering/Epigenetic Modification, Thor/Storm and Meteorology; Iron Man/Big Hero 6 and Physics/Robotic Prostheses, and much more will be examined and analyzed.

A class filled with so much fun science exploration it might make a particular physicist green with envy!



2:00-3:00 Tuesdays  ARCHERY  FULL
$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 weeks
For Beginners and Experienced
Learning everything from how to determine eye dominance, back tension and expanding the sense of body awareness. aiming in the shot cycle, sight use, string alignment/blur, timing, shot rhythm, scoring basics, competition formats and more!  Beginners start from the beginning, learning the basics, experienced shooters practice improving their accomplished methods and learning advanced techniques. Taught by USA Archery certified instructors, students are introduced to the OAS Program and archery as an Olympic Sport.

 

3:00-4:00 Tuesdays, INTRO TO ASTRONOMY Ages 7-11
$165 for 6 weeks, $205 for 10 weeks
This class will be about the universe and everything in it!  
From the planets and objects more close to home in our solar system, and stars in our galaxy, to the most distant galaxies that scientists have discovered.
The nature of astronomical objects will be investigated as well as the physical processes that govern their formation, progression and interactions. Taught by Will Vasiladiotis.

 

3:00-4:00 Tuesdays FENCING, SWORD PLAY & GAMES   2 SPOTS LEFT
$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 weeks

Like a physical game of chess!  Like a strategic game of tag!

Entertaining and enthralling, fencing provides a unique mix of physical, intellectual and emotional activity that is open to all ages, levels, shapes and sizes!

Fencing enhances overall development as it simultaneously channels student's energy, enhances coordination, equilibrium and agility, raises student’s consciousness of his or her own body/spatial awareness, self discipline, cognition, and is loads of fun!

Teachers are fencing masters that herald from prestigious academies within the New York City area.  Most are award winning, some national champions, and all have years of teaching and/or coaching experience.

 

Tuesdays, WRITER'S WORKSHOP for AGES 7-12
$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 weeks
The workshop approach encourages students to think of themselves as writers.  Facilitated through an online format, beloved teacher Alexi Erekov serves as a facilitator helping to inspire, motivate, encourage and guide students in their exploration of the craft of writing, and in finding ways for each student to be excited about writing.

Perfect for all types of writers - struggling, or those who find writing boring or irrelevant, to advanced writers as well as those who already love to write.

With the focus being on the practical practice of writing itself, student's individual interests and passions inform the writing topics, and they will write with a purpose - to read/be read to the rest of the group, to be performed by the rest of the group, to be shared on a blog, to be snail mailed to a political representative, or relative, or etc. Taught by Alexi Erekov through an online format with an on-site assistance



WEDNESDAYS

12:00-1:00 Wednesdays, POETS AND POETRY for AGES 7-12
2 SPOTS LEFT
$185 for 6 weeks
Students will be introduced to new poets each week as a way to strengthen and inspire their own writing, and be encouraged to develop a relationship with their own voice and ideas, trust their creative instincts, and share their unique experience of the world around them through writing poetry.

A variety of prompts and poetic forms will be presented to help students discover new ways to shape their ideas and the class will create a collaborative chapbook of poems from all students in the class.  Taught by Atoosa Grey.



1:00-2:00 Wednesdays, BEGINNER LEGO ROBOTICS AGES 5-9
$260 for 10 weeks
These classes will introduce concepts and enhance knowledge of physics, technology, and engineering through the exploration of simple machines (levers, pulleys, wheels, and axles), as well as basic mechanics, simple and complex gearing, and also concepts of motorization, locomotion, and sensing and programming.  



2:00-3:00 Wednesdays, ARCHERY (see description above)  1 SPOTS LEFT


2:00-3:00 or 3:00-4:00 Wednesdays, GAMES and FUN with MATH for AGES 7-12, $185 for 6 weeks
A mathematics course that utilizes games, puzzles, images, props, and manipulatives, curricula and programs for learning math within a fun-filled environment. Teacher: Rhonda Lamb.

3:00-4:00 Wednesdays, PORTFOLIO PARADE for Ages 5-8, $185 for 6 weeks
PORTFOLIO PARADE! is an interactive, multi and interdisciplinary Gallery Walk style class for 5-8 year olds in which students are continuously creating based on the day's theme.  All materials included.

This Gallery Walk class puts an emphasis on WALK...keeping students on their feet while they show their own and respond to their classmates' creations.   By the end of the term, each student will have produced a portfolio demonstrating their unique understanding of the following main areas:
Language and Words, Music and Sound , Shapes and Structures, Art and Design



BOTANY & HERBOLOGY for AGES 7 - Adult
3:00-4:00 Wednesdays  2 SPOTS LEFT
$195 for 6 weeks
In this course students will learn how to identify healing plants and herbs that grow any and everywhere - parks and gardens, but also those that grow in cracks on the sidewalk.  Stems, seeds, leaves and cells will be studied and examined under a powerful microscope.  Endangered herbs, how to ethically harvest herbs in general, a variety of nutritional and medicinal herbs and how to use them will also be covered, as well as the history of herbal medicine across the world.  

Each class will contain hands on activities, and projects that students will be able to create and take home with them.  All of the herbs and products used will be organic and most will be fair trade certified.  

Taught by Tara De Hoz
As a member of the American Herbalist Guild and United Plant Savers, Tara is a traditional herbalist that likes to use whole herbs to support the body rather than use them in standardized extracts or pills.  She has trained with Herbalist and Ethnobotanist David Winston, Herbalist and Homeopath Peeka Trenkle and Herbalist and Acupuncturist Drew DiVittorio.  Tara's hope is that students will walk away with a great appreciation and respect for these green allies that share the world with us, feel empowered with the knowledge of how to use herbs so that they are not forced to rely on mass produced products all the time.



Coming soon on Wednesdays...
3:00 Kids ROC Cafe - Cooking & Performing classes & showcasing
5:00 French
 


FRIDAYS

12:00-1:15  Fridays, BEGINNER LEGO ROBOTICS AGES 5-9  
(see description above)


2:30-3:30 Fridays, FENCING (see description above)  FULL


3:00-4:00 Fridays GAMES and FUN with MATH for AGES 7-12, $185 for 6 weeks
A mathematics course that utilizes games, puzzles, images, props, etc. that will make the learning of concepts more like a math game show.  This format is particularly helpful for young students and students whose main area of concentration is other than mathematics. Here students will learn math within a fun-filled environment. Teacher: Len Heisler.






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Finally, A home for Homeschoolers in New York City!!!

The ROC (Resource and Opportunity Center) for Homeschoolers is open to homeschooling families in the New York City area, and serves as a gathering/meeting place and informal resource center.  Through the offering of memberships, programs, classes, workshops, free playtime and activities, families can enjoy socializing, and sharing/swapping - information, opinions, materials and/or meals, etc - while learning and playing together with other homeschooling families.  Various classes, and activities are scheduled throughout the year at our home base in the East Village, as well as in various other locations including The Dana Discovery Center in Central Park, Different Directions Collective and the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew on the Upper West Side and the New York Riding Academy on Randall's Island, among others.

As The ROC enters into its 8th year of existence, (Whoo hoo, Yay!) We are proud to be a part of something built and sustained entirely through community building within the New York City homeschooling community.  A small group of homeschooling families have been able to acquire and maintain a  space through a tightly coordinated cooperative effort.  In other words, we threw all of our resources into one pot and secured the first space in New York City that is completely dedicated to homeschoolers -- 24 hours a day/6 and a half days a week.  It's 6000 square feet, with two full kitchens, stocked full with tables and chairs, and a wonderful piano!  Located in the East Village, convenient to parks, libraries, NYU, Cooper Union, and public transportation - the F to 2nd Avenue, the 6 to Bleeker, or the B, D or M to Broadway/Lafayette.

The ROC was designed to be a community effort and your constructive input and hands on help (especially hands on help!) is absolutely welcome. Please make an appointment to stop by, come and sit in on a class or two, or stay for the whole the day, and if adjustments to the schedule and/or offerings could make a difference for you signing up or getting involved, or if you see areas that can use your expert advice and/or practical assistance, please let us know about it.

The ROC Home for Homeschoolers is where every homeschooling family can make it what they want it to be.  How many other places provide homeschooling families with opportunities like that?