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         The ROC 
            ((Resource and Opportunity Center) 
                                    
for Homeschoolers

********VISITORS ARE WELCOME HOWEVER DROPPING BY WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED!!!********** 
*********You must register AND RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION in order to visit*********              

Registration open for 6 WEEK SUMMER TERM of any class or several classes, and also FALL 2015!!!
Summer and Fall class schedules and descriptions listed below....
Register on Sign Up! page or send an email to TheROCFamily@gmail.com



Current Class Descriptions below
Summer Term begins July 8, 2015 and Fall begins in September 2015


Classes for TEENS

DESCRIPTIVE AND COLLEGE PREP WRITING 
Wednesdays 11:00 am, Fall, $250

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 Atoosa Grey.


The SCIENCE OF MEDICATION: Intro Pharmacy Tech class for TEENS & Adults
Wednesdays 12:00pm

$185 for 6 class Summer Intensive, or $250 for 10 week Fall Term
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



ANATOMY, Summer $185, Fall $250
Wednesdays and/or Fridays 1:30 pm or 12:00 pm 

This class will explore the human body, structure and physical make up as well as the major organ systems, and the processes working together to promote homeostasis. Emphasis on the organization of the human body and the differences between nonliving matter and living organisms, and also covered will be cell anatomy and physiology and principles of genetics and gain an understanding of how traits are passed from one generation to the next.


TAEKWONDO, Wednesdays 3:00
Summer $165, Fall $250

These classes are fun and exciting workouts.  At the same time, students gain confidence, increased flexibility and strengthening, and the program is also based on a lifetime learning concept in addition to the technical skills.  The learning blocks for our system are themes such as: Goals, Friendship. Perseverance, Self-Control, Confidence, Self-Improvement, Courtesy, Self,  Awareness and Respect, Integrity Self-Esteem Dedication.



ARCHERY, Wednesdays 5:00
Summer Term, or $250 for 10 week Fall Term

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.
 

JAPANESE, Beginner and Intermediate, 
Fall Term 10 weeks $250

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




ADVANCED LEGO ROBOTICS - MINDSTORMS for AGES 10+,  Fridays 3:30,
Summer $210, Fall $350
Thursdays 11:00 at Different Directions on West 47th Street, Fall $400

Students have an awesome time building and programming robots, using motors and various sensors (light, touch, sound, etc), that can negotiate challenges and perform progressively more complex maneuvers.  Students engineer - design, construct and program a variety of projects such as robots that can dance, navigate obstacle courses and mazes, shoot ping pong balls, play basketball … and much more!  Each class will include a STEM concept discussion, robot building, missions, challenges, games, and playtime with robots while providing level-appropriate assignments for building and programming.



THE SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES AND/OR GENIUSES for TEENS
Wednesdays & Fridays 2:30, $125 for 6 week Summer Term, or $250 for 10 week Fall Term
In this multi-media, activity based class, the real science of some of the most famous superheroes (and maybe some super villains) most world renown geniuses will be investigated.

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


FENCING, SWORD PLAY  & GAMES
Fridays 1:30
 $185 Summer Term, or $250 Fall Term

 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.


MONEY, FINANCE AND CONSUMER MATH 
Fridays 2:30,  Fall $250

Covering introductory themes of money and consumer math as they relate to finance and banking including stocks, annuities, mutual funds, bonds, etc., money markets and how they work, why and how people invest, cost and profit issues, calculating interest problems, overall financial literacy and etc.  



GRAVITY: ASTRONOMY for TEENS  
Fridays 3:30
$165 for 6 weeks Summer Term, or $250 for 10 week Fall Term

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.

 
REGENTS PREP MATH for TEENS
Fridays 4:30, or Thursdays in Satellite location in Brooklyn,  Fall $250 

A mathematics preparation course that addresses all of the material on the algebra I & II, geometry, tregents, 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.



COMMUNICATION and PRESENTATION SKILLS 
Register with Samp Camp or $165 for 6 weeks

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


WEB & VIDEO GAME DESIGN: Computer Coding
$185 for 6 weeks, $250 for 10 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.


BOTANY & HERBOLOGY for AGES up to Adult
(Satellite location in Queens)
$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

Coming soon...
--Song & Voice
--Kids ROC Cafe - 
Cooking & Performing classes & showcasing

--French
 






UPCOMING EVENTS:


**Class Fairs this summer!

**FAMILY PET FAIR
August 28th!
www.facebook.com/nycfamilypetfair.com




















FRIDAY FENCING!
En Garde!

















The ROCbotics Lego Robotics team advance to NYC Championships AGAIN!!!
Thanks to everyone who came out and support them at Jacob Javits on March 14th!



















NYCHEA Annual
Science Fair!
Over 60 NYCHEA scientists participated in the Annual Science Fair on Thursday, May 14th at The ROC!!!


















































Classes for AGES 5-12

POETS AND POETRY for AGES 7-12
Wednesdays 1:30pm
$185 Summer, or $250 Fall 

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.


MINECRAFT CLASS, Wednesdays, 5:00pm, Summer $165
Join a world of building fun with your classmates and peers on an online server dedicated for The ROC!  Students will learn about Greek and Roman architecture, different types of economies, trading and the Silk Road from Ancient China, Catacombs of the 5th Century, and more as they master Minecraft skills for navigating hidden sector maps, redstone, secret rooms, and of course, ultimate survival.  Taught by Colin Logatto


CLAYMATION with Joe Vena
Wednesdays 4:00
Summer $185, Fall $280

Building off of the stop motion animation and sculpture programs he designed at the Children's Museum of the Arts, Joe will structure The ROC's claymation class' art making content around the interests of the students - anything goes such as Pokemon inspired sculpture, Dragon claymation, paper cut-out kitten animation, etc.  - all while learning essential techniques and structure of the art forms.


MONEY MATTERS for AGES 7-12
Wednesdays 4:00 
$185 Summer, $250 for Fall Term

   

Understanding money!  How to use it, when to save it, and how to be generous.  Designed to educate students in a fun and interactive way, Money Matters teaches: The Give, Save, Spend system; how to avoid money traps (debt, overspending); how to create a spending plan, and much more!  Taught by Mandisa Mitchell



TAEKWONDO, Wednesdays 3:00
Summer $165, Fall $250

These classes are fun and exciting workouts.  At the same time, students gain confidence, increased flexibility and strengthening, and the program is also based on a lifetime learning concept in addition to the technical skills.  The learning blocks for our system are themes such as: Goals, Friendship. Perseverance, Self-Control, Confidence, Self-Improvement, Courtesy, Self,  Awareness and Respect
Integrity Self-Esteem Dedication.


ARCHERY, Wednesdays 5:00 
$185 Summer, or $250 Fall Term
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.



WRITER'S WORKSHOP for AGES 7-12
Scheduled around student, $185 for 6 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



BIOLOGY for Ages 7-11
Fridays 11:00, Fall $205
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.


FENCING, SWORD PLAY & GAMES  
Fridays 1:30
$185 Summer, or $250 Fall

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.

 
BEGINNER LEGO ROBOTICS AGES 5-9
Fridays 2:30, $195 Summer, or $260 Fall Term
and Thursdays 10:00 at Different Directions on West 47th Street, $315 Fall Term

This class provides students with opportunities to explore and discover the basic principles of the way things work.  This course will introduce and enhance STEM concepts of physics, technology and engineering through the exploration of simple machines (levers, pulleys, wheels, and axles), as well as simple and complex gearing, while also adding the concepts of motorization, locomotion, sensing and programming.  STEM lessons are integrated with building models of real-world devices such as a folding lawn chair, drawbridge, conveyor belt, turnstile, crane, race car, catapult, washing machine, and many more.   


SKATEBOARD & SCOOTER CLASS
Wednesdays 1:00, Fridays 12:30, Summer $165

Goal: With proper practice and correct form, students should be able to learn the basics of riding by the end of class. Depending on student experience level, we could introduce the ollie, or other skateboarding tricks.

Skateboarding is not simply "jumping on a board," your board must be the right size for your feet, wheels and bearings and trucks make a difference whether you plan to ride on a sidewalk or skate on a ramp.

The class will cover Balancing on board,  Skateboard Stance, Pushing off, Riding, Balancing, Stopping the Skateboard (foot braking and heel dragging), Bailing, Carving/leaning, and more.  We will also thoroughly discuss safety, and getting the right equipment, and how getting the best doesn't mean you have to spend the most money.

If you have equipment, please bring it to the class and I will evaluate it for you.  If you don't have equipment, come anyway and I will make recommendations for what you need.

 On days with inclement weather, we can continue our study indoors by watching skateboarding videos, and discussing skills.  Taught by Owen Matthews

 
THE SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES & GENIUSES Ages 7-12 
Summer $185, Fall $250 
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!


SHARK TANK SCHOOL for AGES 7-12   
Register with Samp Camp or $185 for 6 weeks 
Invention and the Engineering Process.  An historical analysis of the invention of everyday items while exploring core engineering skills of creation and design, systematizing and organizing invention's goals, practicing proposals and presentations, and troubleshooting.  Taught by Al Davis.



ANIMAL SCIENCE for AGES 7-12  
(Satellite location in Queens)
$200 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
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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
(Satellite location in Queens)
$185 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. Taught by Tara De Hoz
 

GAMES and FUN with MATH for AGES 7-12
Wednesdays or Fridays
Register with Samp Camp or $185 for 6 week Summer Term, or $250 for 10 week Fall Term

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 or Rhonda Lamb  

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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 9th 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?