Home School Explorations Series for grades K-2 (ages 5-7)
Spring Semester 2019
January 28–April 23, 2019
Mondays, 11am-12pm or 1-2pm Tuesdays, 1-2pm
Explora members $95 per child per semester
Non-members $110 per child per semester.
SESSIONS MEET EVERY WEEK
Be curious, discover, experiment!
Explora’s Home School Explorations Series offers your child a semester of weekly, hour-long experiential science, technology, and art programs. Each Exploration is facilitated by Explora educators. These are hour-long, materials-rich classes that actively engage every child in inquiry activities. In these classes, children will make discoveries in science, technology, engineering, math, and art through questioning, experiencing, and investigating. Children will be encouraged to build their own knowledge and cultivate skills such as observation, creativity, critical thinking, cooperative learning, communication, and innovation as they explore a different topic each week. Class topics change each semester.
Register for Spring Semester 2019
- Online: Select a session day and time to register online
January 28–April 23, 2019
Spring 2019 Explorations Schedule
1/28 or 1/29
Be an inquisitive scientist as you concoct new substances. Investigate their characteristics by observation and playful manipulation.
What’s that Sound
2/4 or 2/5
We’ll observe how sound waves travel through water or air, producing vibrations. Experience cup phones and build your own kazoo and quacker.
2/11 or 2/12
Experiment with the strength of cones, create art with loops and circles, and be an architect with cylinders and domes.
2/18 or 2/19
Get wet exploring unique properties of ice and water during a number of exciting activities. Explore different types of water, race water drops down a hill, and much more.
Where Does the Food Go After You Eat It?
2/25 or 2/26
Let’s answer this question by consulting our 8-foot-tall, blue-haired doll, whose canvas body unzips to reveal ten large digestive, circulatory, and respiratory organs. We’ll learn what these body parts do and how to stay healthy, too!
Animals of the Night
3/4 or 3/5
Get ready to discover what goes bump in the night! Investigate the adaptations of nocturnal animals by experiencing nighttime sounds, trying out bat senses, sniffing out prey, and more.
Mirror, Mirror On the Wall
3/18 or 3/19
Investigate mirrors, reflection, and symmetry as you compare your image in concave and convex mirrors, build kaleidoscopes, and make symmetrical art to take home.
3/25 or 3/26
Explore pendulums and chaotic motion. Play with pendulums that draw in the sand, pendulums that paint, and much more.
A Shovelful of Dirt
4/1 or 4/2
Get your hands dirty as you make discoveries about dirt and soil. Use magnifying loupes as you look for living material in the dirt. Sculpt your own creation out of clay to take home.
Me and My Shadow
4/8 or 4/9
Discover different ways to make shadows as you investigate light and shadow shapes, experiment with colored shadows, and make shadow puppets.
4/15 or 4/16
Investigate how air interacts with materials to make them float and fly. Experiment with floating balloons, make simple gliding toys, and construct your own kite.
4/22 or 4/23
What do butterflies and frogs have in common? Students observe plants and animals at different stages in their life cycles, and discover how plants and animals change and grow up to be like their parents.
Explora’s Home School Explorations Series
Explora educators develop camp activities with children’s developmental levels in mind. Your children will have the opportunity to learn from, and work with older and younger peers and make new friends.
- You can register online, by phone, or download and mail/fax the completed registration form.
- Please have the following available when you register: emergency contact name and phone numbers; name of alternate adults who can pick up the child; child’s medications, dosages, and physician’s name; child’s insurance information, as well as any allergy or special needs information for your child.
Call: 505-224-8341. Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9am-5pm.
Mail: Explora Reservations 1701 Mountain Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104
- If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the first class, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
- Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the first class will not be refunded.
- Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.
Fall 2018 Explorations Schedule
9/17 or 9/18
Get ready for some soapy fun as students use a variety of materials and solutions to experiment with bubble blowing. Students observe the colors in a bubble and make colorful bubble prints.
Fruit or Veggies?
9/24 or 9/25
We’ll dissect different fruits and vegetables to find out what’s inside. Then, we’ll make colorful fruit and vegetable prints to take home, assemble our own snacks, and more!
10/1 or 10/2
Investigate which items are attracted to magnets and which are not, and explore attracting and repelling with a wide variety of materials. Students use magnets to add “fur” to animal pictures, race magnetic cars, and more.
Air Under Pressure
10/8 or 10/9
Catch some air and see how it takes up space. Experiment with the power of compressed air and investigate how moving air interacts with objects
In a Spin
10/15 or 10/16
Experiment with spinning and twirling, looping and whirling. Students make their own tops and “twirly birds” to take home.
10/22 or 10/23
Separate light into the color spectrum and experience the colors that make up rainbows. Use a variety of items to find and create your own rainbows, and more.
10/29 or 10/30
Get charged up about electricity. Make your hair stand on end with static electricity and go fishing with a balloon. Make a static toy to take home.
Be a Mad Hatter
11/5 or 11/6
Many people wear hats, but have you ever thought about why? Students test fabrics to determine which are the most water repellent, explore how hats’ forms are related to their functions, observe hats in works of art, and make original hats to wear home.
Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
11/12 or 11/13
Get ready to sort rocks, dig in sand, and look for living material in garden soil as we investigate the properties of these natural materials.
Looking for a Pattern
11/19 or 11/20
Investigate patterns in nature, discover designs in animal footprints, experiment with rhythm patterns, and create your own design on a big hat you can wear.
11/26 or 11/27
Investigate properties of solids, liquids, and gases as you compare and contrast different kinds of matter. Students investigate various solids, swirling liquid layers, and more.
Spring, Stretch, and Bounce
12/3 or 12/4
Investigate stretchy and springy materials and walk with springs on your feet. Make your own stretchy, bouncy toy to take home.
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