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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*********              
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Class Descriptions Page for info about current and previously run classes!

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Sneak Peak at the upcoming Winter 2015 schedule!

Winter 2015 classes for TEENS


11:00 Tuesdays, CHEMISTRY for TEENS, 10 weeks, $250, Starting January 6, 2015
Introductory and intermediate hands-on lab class that can function as support for students aspiring to take chemistry Regent's, and for those who are interested in a deeper study of matter and chemical reactions (types, factors affecting, rate, balance, relationship between mass and mole, etc), nuclear reactions including radiation, fission and fusion, behaviors of gases, and etc.
 

12:00 Tuesdays, BIOLOGY for TEENS, 10 weeks, $250, Starting January 6, 2015
This lab based class will concentrate study around questions of life  and life processes - What is life?   How can we account for its dual nature of unity and diversity?  How does life share and recycle matter and energy?   What is the relationship between structure and function at each level of the biological hierarchy?  Cell Structure & Function, Ecology, Classification, Evolution, Genetics, Human Systems including Anatomy & Physiology will all be investigated in this course.


2:00 Tuesdays, ASTRONOMY: Our Solar System, and the Dark Side of the Universe, for all ages, 12 weeks, $125, Starting January 6, 2015
Exploring the solar system and everything in it!  
Covering all sorts of objects from the inner planets to the outer reaches of our solar system, including the history and methods of planet discovery, as well as discussions of new information from current missions, and recent developments in astrophysics including theories of dark matter and dark energy for more advanced students.


3:00 Tuesdays, JAPANESE:Beginner/Intermediate, 10 weeks, $210, Starting January 6, 2015
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.
 

4:00 Tuesdays, FENCING: Sword Play and Games, $230, Starting January 6, 2015
Like a physical game of chess. or a strategic game of tag that provides a unique mix of physical, intellectual and emotional activity that is open to all ages, levels, shapes and sizes.


5:00 Tuesdays, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY for TEENS, 10 weeks, $250, Starting January 6, 2015
Students will explore both the art and technique of photography, while learning basic camera skills including exposure, composition, lighting and focus. how best to upload and store photographs, how to manipulate color, contrast, sharpness and framing on the computer. the most effective ways to display photos on the web and in social media. and how to make stunning prints.




11:00 or 11:30 Fridays, AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH JAZZ & BLUES, 10 weeks, $250, Starting January 9, 2015
This class will dive into this most American of musical genres and explore its connection to American history.  From its origins then following Louis Armstrong to the Harlem Renaissance through bebop, all the way to hip hop.


12:00 Fridays, HOUSEHOLD/FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE: for all ages including parents!  8 weeks, $210, Starting January 16, 2015
Formerly known as Home Economics, the the study of food and nutrition -  including botany, gardening and agriculture -, human development, and financial management.
This course focuses on the economics of food, botany and gardening, nutrition including meal planning and preparation, financial management and budgeting both money and time, efficiently balancing healthy nutrition and eating habits with purchasing practices.
Students investigate, explore, discover and create ways to apply the best in traditional methods and the latest in science and technology to navigate modern consumer culture where subsidized corn and soy have caused the majority of diets to consist of highly processed foods made cheaply outside the home.


1:30 Fridays, COMPUTER CODING, 10 weeks, $230, Starting January 9, 2015
Learn core skills and technologies of web development including HTML, CSS, and Processing.  Each student will learn to build their own websites and video games.


2:30 Fridays, FENCING: Sword Play and Games, 10 weeks, $230, Starting January 9, 2015
Like a physical game of chess. or a strategic game of tag that provides a unique mix of physical, intellectual and emotional activity that is open to all ages, levels, shapes and sizes.


coming soon....
COLLEGE PREP WRITING: How to Write for College, 10 weeks, $250
This class will teach students how to write analytical, argument-driven essays that will “wow” their college professors! craft strong essays that are incisive, thoughtful and powerful

MATH: Regent's and general Test Prep, 10 weeks, $250
Students learn both the mathematics, as well as experience the favorite common themes of most standardized tests.




FENCING! En Garde!
Tuesdays & Fridays











The ROCbotics Lego Robotics team advancing to NYC Championships!










NYCHEA Annual
Science Fair!









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

Check out the CALENDAR on the Schedules Page for updated schedules, check out more details about classes and class descriptions on the Class Descriptions 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.






Winter 2015 classes for AGES 5-12


CO-OP for AGES 5-7, Starting January 6, 2015
Parent led, play based coop meeting twice a week for 3 hours for shared learning and camaraderie.
Tuesdays 10:00-1:00/$150-180 for 10 weeks, and/or Wednesdays 12:00-3:00/$150-180 for 10 weeks, and/or Fridays 10:00-1:00/$150-180 for 10 weeks


LEGO ROBOTICS for Beginners
These classes 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.  
Wednesdays 1:30-2:50/$260 for 10 weeks, starting December 10, 2014, and/or Fridays 12:00-1:15/$260 for 10 weeks, starting January 9, 2015 
(also Thursdays at 10am at DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS)


10:00 Tuesdays, CHEMISTRY for AGES 8-12, 10 weeks, $250, Starting January 6, 2015
An activity-based class covering foundations in chemistry.  Students will plan and conduct investigations, make observations, record and analyze data. Class content will include an array of chemistry topics including density, atomic structure, phase changes, chemical reactions and acids and bases.


1:00 Tuesdays, GENERAL SCIENCE for AGES 8-12, 10 weeks, $250, Starting January 6, 2015
Exploring everything from earthworm soil preferences to making plastic from milk! In this experiment-based class covering foundations in chemistry, biology, physics and earth science, students will plan and conduct investigations, make observations, record and analyze data. 


2:00 Tuesdays, ASTRONOMY: Our Solar System, and the Dark Side of the Universe, for all ages, 12 weeks, $125, Starting January 6, 2015
Exploring the solar system and everything in it!  
Covering all sorts of objects from the inner planets to the outer reaches of our solar system, including the history and methods of planet discovery, as well as discussions of new information from current missions, and recent developments in astrophysics including theories of dark matter and dark energy for more advanced students.


3:00 Tuesdays, PHOTOGRAPHY: The Science of Photography for AGES 7-11, 10 weeks, $250, Starting January 6, 2015
Learn the ins and outs of how cameras work and create a portfolio while exploring fun photo topics such as: Painting with Light, Pinhole Cameras, Portraits, Nature and Organic Shape, Capturing Action, Glow in the Dark, and more.  



4:00 Tuesdays, FENCING: Sword Play and Games, $230, Starting January 6, 2015   and/or 2:30 Fridays, Starting January 9, 2015
Like a physical game of chess. or a strategic game of tag that provides a unique mix of physical, intellectual and emotional activity that is open to all ages, levels, shapes and sizes.


12:00 Fridays, HOUSEHOLD/FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE: for all ages including parents!  8 weeks, $210, Starting January 16, 2015
Formerly known as Home Economics, the the study of food and nutrition -  including botany, gardening and agriculture -, human development, and financial management.
This course focuses on the economics of food, botany and gardening, nutrition including meal planning and preparation, financial management and budgeting both money and time, efficiently balancing healthy nutrition and eating habits with purchasing practices. 
Students investigate, explore, discover and create ways to apply the best in traditional methods and the latest in science and technology to navigate modern consumer culture where subsidized corn and soy have caused the majority of diets to consist of highly processed foods made cheaply outside the home.




coming soon on Tuesdays...
WRITER'S WORKSHOP for AGES 7-11, $210 for 10 weeks
The workshop approach encourages students to think of themselves as writers. as an online facilitator guides and encourages them in their exploration of the craft of writing. Along the way students learn about various aspect of writing including genre, styles, story development, sentence structure, punctuation,  and more.

coming soon on Fridays....
GAMES and FUN with MATH for AGES 7-11, $250 for 10 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.


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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?